Archive for February, 2014

  • ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Feb 28, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    ‘The Rise and Fall of Saxon Transylvania’: A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa

    Reading this book was a thrilling experience for me. It took me to those times when the Saxons came to Transylvania, settled and made progress there, as well as left that place for better destinations. Thus, the Saxons came to Transylvania without meaning to disturb the peace and quiet of those parts, but to establish themselves there on the chance of a better living standard. ...

  • Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    Feb 20, 14 • Good ReadsNo Comments
    Balan: A City At A Crossroads

    What Romanian miners do when their mine is closed down...

  • The Archetypal Shepherd

    Feb 7, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    The Archetypal Shepherd

    Far from being the scientist warriors – as described by historian Jordanes – Dacians were especially animal growers. This photo is emblematic for a land where shepherding seems to be at home from the beginning of times…...

  • Asylum For The Great-grandmother of Southern Romanian Churches

    Feb 5, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Asylum For The Great-grandmother of Southern Romanian Churches

    The oldest wooden church in the south of Romania was recemtly restored and relocated – from the cemetery of a hamlet called Carpinisu, in the village of Pietrari, to the Museum of Valcea County Villages in Bujoreni. This is already the fourth address of the monument, included in the Romanian cultural patrimony and used as a storage facility in the past few years...

  • Readers’ cmmts to “The Man They Killed on Christmas Day”

    Feb 4, 14 • Blog, Good ReadsNo Comments
    Readers’ cmmts to “The Man They Killed on Christmas Day”

    Martyn 'Grog' Grove: I've just finished reading "The Man They Killed on Christmas Day", and found it very illuminating. When I watched the events of 24 years ago on TV, I could not believe what was going on. I've been interested in Vlad Tepes for some time, and in August 1989 I visited Romania and toured around, visiting Bucharest, Curtea De Arges, Sibiu, Tirgu Mures, Sighisoara, Brasov, Ploiesti and the Black Sea coast at Mamaia. I found the people and the countryside wonderful. We were obviously kept ignorant of what was going on, politically, because the later events came as such a shock to me. I knew a...