Archive - September 2014

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The Bones of Neamt Monastery – Romania’s Gruesome History Books
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The Natural Romania – Neamt County #PriNeamt
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What to Expect on a Romanian Press Trip – MEAT and so much more! #priNeamt
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A Walk In Sibiu, Romania – Photo Essay #MySibiu Project
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Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done…filming an angry elk
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Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus in Milan
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Panzanella – Tuscan Bread Salad – Recipe Tuesday

The Bones of Neamt Monastery – Romania’s Gruesome History Books

The six gravediggers sweating in shirtsleeves were respectfully quiet as they heaved shovelfuls of earth high in the air. As they were in the far corner of the graveyard, I wasn’t quite close enough to get a good look at what they were doing – and wasn’t quite sure I […]

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The Natural Romania – Neamt County #PriNeamt

We recently had the opportunity to explore a region of Romania many people gloss over when they decide on Romania as a vacation destination. You may have heard of the night life in Bucharest, the Castles of Brasov, and the beauty of Sibiu, but Neamt County in Romania is home […]

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What to Expect on a Romanian Press Trip – MEAT and so much more! #priNeamt

As we sat down to our first meal in Romania, the rules were simple. “There will be meat. Lots of meat. Here in Romania, we love our meat!” Sign me up! I’m a true carnivore at heart and while I adore the pastas and gnocchi we’d been eating in Italy […]

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A Walk In Sibiu, Romania – Photo Essay #MySibiu Project

  • Standing on the Liar's Bridge we'll begin our walk!
  • The Lower City and the Upper combine perfectly in charm & character
  • Worship is a way of life here in Romania
  • Mosaics tell a vivid story
  • The Rainbow Row of Romania
  • Is this where the Romanian Hobbits live?
  • I wonder where this leads...
  • Colorful eyes are upon us!
  • Sunset on Liar's Bridge
  • Kiss! Kiss!
  • Beside the oldest pharmacy in the world!
  • My curious little friend
  • Bright colors...
  • And so much character...
  • Every home needs a cat!
  • Unique designs...
  • Doors that beckon to be opened.
  • And every successful walk should end with a nice glass of wine!

It only took about a minute before the city of Sibiu stole our hearts completely. The hidden alleys that whispered of secrets to be found. The charm of the village architecture and the kindness of the townspeople made Sibiu a place we will never forget.

We’d love to take you on a photo tour of the city we found completely enticing. Our visit to Sibiu came through the recommendation of other travelers (one of our best ways of finding new spots!). They all warned us that we would love Sibiu – and they were SO right! Chosen as the European Cultural Capital in 2007, Sibiu has a history of showing off her charms to the world – and with good reason.

There are so many reasons to visit. As you can see from the pictures, the town itself is uniquely beautiful and totally walkable. Restaurants in Sibiu provide excellent service and incredibly delicious food at a fraction of the price of many other European cities. Hotels cater to the foreign traveler by showing hospitality in many different languages. The museums of Sibiu bring history to life and are easily accessible (over 11 in the city and 9 which can be visited under a single ticket!).

The #MySibiu Project. It is refreshing to see travelers and bloggers so passionate about a place like Sibiu. Two bloggers from Sibiu – Tudor Popa and Razvan Pop created the project called #MySibiu to bring awareness of their hometown to bloggers from around the world. Razvan was our guide around the city and his knowledge of the historical area is astounding. Thanks to Tudor and Razvan, we will always have a spot in our hearts for the charm and kindness of Sibiu.

#MySibiu is a project implemented by AIOS and Imperator Travel and is financed by Sibiu Town Hall. Partner: Ibis Hotel. 

Not the smartest thing I’ve ever done…filming an angry elk

Oh look! It’s a beautiful elk! He looks so powerful and strong. He’s making lots of loud elk noises, so he’s obviously not very happy. So what do I do? Go up to the fence to get a photo. But a photo isn’t enough. I want a video!

As you can see, my unhappy elk did NOT appreciate being filmed one bit! I guess it’s lucky that he didn’t jump over the fence to let me know. I could have been the featured story on Romania’s Dumbest Tourists segment. It would have served me right.

Afterwards – when I could hold my camera again without shaking – I was able to get another shot that I was proud of. From a LONG distance away!

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For me, it’s so easy to get caught up in the moment while practicing travel photography. It’s all about capturing that perfect instant in time to share. So far I’ve twisted my ankle (twice!) and skinned my knees on volcanic rock while trying to get a perfect shot, but fortunately nothing too scary.

Have you ever done something “not so smart” for a photo or video? To what lengths would you go for the perfect shot? Was it worth it? (That’s a silly question. Of course it was!) 🙂

Happy shooting!

 

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus in Milan

The world’s largest collection of original drawings from Leonardo Da Vinci – his Codex Atlanticus – can be found on exhibition in the Basilica of Santa Maria Delle Grazie and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Leonardo completed these works from 1478 to 1519. The variety of contents is astounding. Subjects […]

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Panzanella – Tuscan Bread Salad – Recipe Tuesday

Bread salad?! Does that sound odd to anyone but me? We’re a huge fan of bread. House Sitting here in Tuscany has given us a whole new appreciation for fresh, warm bread delivered by The Bread Man. But Bread Salad, just somehow didn’t seem quite right. Until we had our […]

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