• 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...

  • 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…...

  • Thailand With a Baby Stroller

    Jan 20, 14 • My BooksNo Comments
    Thailand With a Baby Stroller

    We are Catalin, Adina and Vladimir: a family with a small child, on a tight budget, looking for a tropical destination that’s cheaper than back home. We live in Romania but we like spending our winters in Thailand...

  • Romania explained to my friends abroad

    Jan 15, 14 • My BooksNo Comments
    Romania explained to my friends abroad

    Mostly because of my job, in the last 10 years I’ve met many foreigners – either when they visited Romania or when I went abroad. I guess now I’ve got more friends from the other side of the Earth then from my native land. I’ve learned a lot from them and for them as they bombarded me with questions to which I did not know the answers...


    Jan 14, 14 • Blog, ExcerptNo Comments

    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...

  • Why We Love Vienna

    Nov 27, 13 • My BooksNo Comments
    Why We Love Vienna

    I love the slow pace my steps acquire in Vienna, to match the pace of the others. The Viennese have won the battle against money and stress. Any day, at any hour, the parks are full: people are running, cycling or picnicking. There is no seat to be found in the evening at sidewalk bars or cafés. When do these people work?! ...