Archive for the ‘Blog’ Category

  • 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...

  • Last Call: The Pipe Of The Moti

    Jan 28, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Last Call: The Pipe Of The Moti

    Isolated in scattered homesteads at the top of the mountains, the old time dwellers of the Apuseni Mountains – the Moti – used the long pipe called tulnic both as a musical instrument and as a sort of mobile phone. Its profound, troubling sounds made up a whole communication code. „That’s how shepherds, or girls and boys talked to each other, each from their own hilltop. And that’s how they called men to war”, says Paraschiva Petruse, 53, from Patrahaite[ti, Alba, one of the few women in the Apuseni Mountains who still know how to play the tulnic. The communication code has been lost and today,...

  • Danube Delta as seen by Helmut Ignat

    Jan 27, 14 • BlogNo Comments
    Danube Delta as seen by Helmut Ignat

    Photographer Helmut Ignat is a National Geographic photographer who shot Danube Delta Biosphere Reserve as no one else. I could say he is addicted it. Below Helmut is telling us about his love story with Danube’s Delta...

  • When Was Sarmizegetusa Regia Conquered?

    Jan 23, 14 • Blog, ExcerptNo Comments
    When Was Sarmizegetusa Regia Conquered?

    A controversy with a predictable answer. Why would grown-up people lose their time trying to answer childish questions? Pick any schoolkid and they will tell you that the Romans defeated the Dacians in two successive wars, between the years 101–102 and 105–106, respectively; at the end of the latter, they finally conquered Sarmizegetusa Regia and abolished the Dacian state. So it remains written in any history schoolbook. But, in this case, this is exactly where the problem seems to lie…...

  • THE TREASURE IN OUR BACKYARD

    Jan 14, 14 • Blog, ExcerptNo Comments
    THE TREASURE IN OUR BACKYARD

    34 countries from all over the world ran a 20-page National Geographic cover story in July 2013 about a wonderful mysterious land where man and nature, working in symbiosis for hundreds of years, have created ‘one of the great treasures of the cultivated world: some of the richest and most botanically diverse hay meadows in Europe.’ This unique ecosystem, unfortunately extremely fragile, is right here in Transylvania. Rodics Gergely, director of the Pogány-havas Regional Association, is leading a team fighting to save the Transylvanian hay...

  • Who were the Dacians featured on Freebooksy.com

    Nov 20, 13 • BlogNo Comments
    Who were the Dacians featured on Freebooksy.com

    My book “Who were the Dacians” was featured Freebooksy.com on November 12! Here’s the link: “Having your book featured on Freebooksy is no small feat as we hand-pick all the books that we feature on our site”, wrote me Taylor Coil, Marketing Manager of Freebooksy.com. She also sent me this badge to brag about:)...

  • Reading ‘Searching for Dracula in Romania’

    Nov 18, 13 • BlogNo Comments
    Reading ‘Searching for Dracula in Romania’

    A Book Review by Marius-Constantin Popa...

  • Quest post on www.freebookdude.com

    Oct 17, 13 • Blog, News and EventsNo Comments
    Quest post on www.freebookdude.com

    I've just had guest post on www.freebookdude.com about my book What it’s Like To Be a Gypsy in Romania...

  • Grand Communist Legacies

    Oct 15, 13 • BlogNo Comments
    Grand Communist Legacies

    Ceausescu’s 7 Obsessions – why he built them and what’s happend to them. Text by Andreea Campeanu. Photo by Andrei Pandele...