My 2015 summer travels

united_kingdomMy summer so far, in photos from our trip across Europe: South of Germany, Austria, Romania, Slovakia. My favorite place of the trip was in Apuseni Mountains in Romania, a calm and quiet place, with wonderful people.

Of course, when you go to your home country, there is A LOT  of good traditional food, and the family – the most beloved people on Earth.


romania_flagOrice vara are povestea ei. A mea e cu poze din calatoria de-a lungul Europei, din Belgia pana in Romania. Am trecut prin Sudul Germaniei, Austria, Slovacia, am vazut parti din Romania pe care nu le vizitasem pana acum (Muntii Apuseni, Hunedoara, Transalpina). Daca ar trebui sa aleg locul preferat din calatorie, acesta ar fi in Muntii Apuseni. Desi nu am vazut totul cum se cuvine, doar 0 mica parte, pot spune ca mi-a placut foarte mult: e calm si liniste, cu peisaje de vis. Am venit din Ungaria si am intrat in Romania pe la vama Bors, iar drumul de la Oradea  pana in Apuseni e absolut infiorator, e in constructie pe sute de kilometri si plin de gropi, ceea ce strica experienta de turism romanesc…dar cand am ajuns in micutul Sat Chiscau unde am stat peste noapte, am uitat totul. Locurile sunt de vis, iar oamenii de poveste.

Si cand te duci acasa mananci cum se cuvine, mancaruri multe si bune alaturi de familie, oamenii cei mai dragi de pe pamant.

every summer has a storyLan de grau in Apuseni

nuci si capita de fan in chiscau apuseni

tort cu trandafiri

grau

gulas la ceaunGulas in Slovacia

cats fenceIn Satul Chiscau

castelul huniazilor corvin hunedoaraCastelul Corvinilor in Hunedoara, Romania

grau in apuseni

nuferi infloriti

mamaligaMamaliga

pestera ursilor din muntii apuseni in romaniaPestera Ursilor (Bears’ cave in Romania)

rata pesti in jur

planta

stiuca umplutaStiuca umpluta

transalpina magariMagari pe Transalpina (donkeys on Transalpina)

transalpinaTransalpina

ciorba de peste la ceaunCiorba de peste la ceaun (Fish soup)

schonbrunSchonbrunn, Vienna

apus in satul chiscau din muntii apuseniApus intr-un sat din muntii Apuseni, Romania

neuschwanstein castleCastelul Neuschwanstein, Germania

tenesi visinii

baloane de sapun in viena

south of germanyPeisaj din Sudul Germaniei (south of Germany)

transalpina 2015Transalpina, Romania

DSC_0432Verisoarele mele  (my 2 cousins)

oi pe transalpinaOi pe Transalpina (sheep in Romania)

floare de ciulin

cinquantenaireBruxelles

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floare cat in tree

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The Blue Forest, Belgium

united_kingdomEvery spring for a couple of weeks, the Hallerbos forest in Belgium is covered by a thick carpet of bluebells, hence the name of “Blue Forest”. The views are magical and the smell around them very strong.

Here are some photos that I took last evening (the light was great, at sunset, with long shadows) 🙂


romania_flagHallerbos – Padurea albastra din Belgia

Cum albastra? da, albastra, pentru ca oriunde te uiti cu ochii vezi un covor albastru de clopotei (un tip de zambile) printre copaci. E magic! Sa va spun sincer vazusem multe poze inainte, deci stiam la ce sa ma astept, dar cand am vazut cu ochii mei cum arata am ramas impresionata. Asta inseamna ca pozele nu sunt nici pe departe la fel de frumoase ca realitatea. Plus ca fiind in mijlocul naturii simteam si mirosul lor frumos, ca de zambile.

Clopoteii infloresc in martie sau aprilie (depinde de vreme) si dureaza cam 2 saptamani. V-am aratat saptamana trecuta aceeasi padure dar clopoteii nu inflorisera inca, in schimb erau multe anemone.

Hai sa nu mai lungesc vorba si sa va arat pozele facute aseara (lumina a fost tocmai buna, la apus, cu umbre lungi) 🙂

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Anemones in Hallerbos

united_kingdomEvery spring, Hallerbos forest in Belgium is covered by white carpet of anemones. In a couple of weeks the anemones will be replaced by bluebells and the forest will be blue. (see photos of the BLUE FOREST here)

Doesn’t it look like a forest from stories?


romania_flagPadurea Hallerbos e invadata de anemone. E foarte frumos. Iar in curand (poate peste vreo doua saptamani) patura de anemone va fi inlocuita de clopotei albastri, padurea Hallerbos fiind cunoscuta si sub numele de padurea albastra. (poze cu clopoteii AICI)

Pana atunci iata anemonele. Nu-i asa ca arata ca o padure de poveste? ca din Scufita Rosie…

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anemone in hallerbos forest

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Andreea – portrait

united_kingdomA cloudy day and a pretty girl with beautiful green eyes. A day to remember with my cousin Andreea.


romania_flagO zi innorata si o fata draguta cu ochi mari verzi. O zi de neuitat cu verisoara mea Andreea.

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Cayo Blanco, Cuba

united_kingdomSuch a beautiful island in the middle of nowhere. Cayo Blanco, near Trinidad, Cuba, is a peaceful and not crowded island with iguanas and lots of crabs. We arrived by catamaran from Trinidad and spent the whole day here. It was so quiet! You could only hear the waves and the wind. On the beach it was just us from the boat (around 15 people), plus the cook and the barman from the only restaurant on the island. I hope you like the photos!


romania_flagImagineaza-ti o insula pustie, cu nisip alb, palmieri, tufisuri salbatice, crabi si iguane. Asa e Cayo Blanco. Am ajuns aici cu catamaranul (un vapor) din Trinidad si am stat pe insula toata ziua. Pe insula eram doar noi, cei de pe vapor (in jur de 15 persoane), plus un bucatar si un barman de la singurul restaurant de pe insula. Era o liniste de neimaginat. Se auzeau doar valurile si vantul. Mare mi-a fost mirarea cand pe langa prosopul pe care stateam tolanita a trecut un crab. Mai tarziu am descoperit ca in spatele restaurantului erau zeci de crabi, care veneau la mancare (bucatarul ii hranea cu paella – un fel de pilaf). La fel si iguanele, aparusera la “masa” si mancau paella impreuna cu crabii.
palm trees on cayo blanco cuba

iguana and crabsIguana

palm trees island

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cayo blanco, palm trees, white sand, beach, island, blue

rock coral brain lookCoral stone / Piatra coral

cayo blanco, palm trees, white sand, beach, island, blue sky and water

red hermit crab on island carribean cayo blanco cubaHermit crab

many crabs cayo blanco

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touching an iguana

beautiful beach with palmtrees on cayo blanco in cuba

coral, rock, island, cuba, cayo blanco

blue water branches island in cuba

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Miki’s day

united_kingdomI am Miki (I’m a girl!) and I am 13 years old. I live in Bucharest, the capital of Romania. Most of the day I am sleeping in my cozy basket. But when I am not sleeping, I enjoying sitting at the window looking at people and dogs passing by. I eat everything from my plate and after that my lower lip is a bit dirty (I guess this happens to all dogs…). I enjoy walking towards the park, and walking is good for me because I am a bit chubby. I am a bit shy when I’m outside and I scare easily – I’m like this since I was a puppy. My favorite toy is a yellow, rubber duck with a hat. I also enjoy listening to music, but the volume needs to be higher, because due to old age I don’t hear so good anymore. This is me…


romania_flagSunt Miki, o catelusa mica si alba, cu pistrui. Am 13 ani si 9 luni si locuiesc in Bucuresti. Mai toata ziua dorm, de preferat in cosuletul meu. Dar cand nu dorm, imi place sa stau pe pervaz si sa ma uit pe geam la oameni si catei. Eram mofturoasa la mancare, dar acum nu prea mai sunt. Mananc ce mi se da, ba chiar mai cer in plus. Mi se murdareste mereu buza de jos dupa ce mananc (cred ca asa se intampla la toti cateii). Sunt un pic cam grasuta, dar imi plac plimbarile spre parc (sper sa mai slabesc facand mai multa miscare). Sunt timida cand ies pe afara si ma sperii usor. Asa am fost mereu, cam fricoasa. Jucaria mea preferata este o rata mica de plastic, cu palarie. Imi mai place sa ascult muzica, dar trebuie data mai tare, pentru ca de batranete nu prea mai aud bine.
cosulet caine cu labute

catelus se uita pe geam

labute de catel

doggie eating in the kitchen

dog lower lip dirty after eating

white dog in lease going for a walk

catel labute

catelus alb la plimbare

catelus miroase un pom

coada catelus alb

doggie crib

doggie yawning

miki la plimbare

miki se joaca cu jucaria din plastic

Miki se uita pe geam

poza catel

small white dog with brown spots and brown years

dog and laptop

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Andreea, railway photos

united_kingdomEnd of winter, an abandoned railway, two big green eyes, enthusiasm, happiness. This is the perfect description for the moments captured in the photos below. She likes being photographed, and I like photographing her. Perfect, right? Even though it was cold and the sun didn’t bother to appear we had a lot of fun and we remained with priceless memories. I really like the photos!


romania_flagSfarsit de iarna, frig, o cale ferata abandonata, doi ochi mari verzi, entuziasm, fericire. Asa as descrie momentele ce urmeaza in pozele urmatoare. Ei ii place sa fie fotografiata, iar mie imi place sa o fotografiez. Ce poate fi mai frumos de atat? Ce conteaza ca lumina nu a fost ideala pentru portrete? Ne-am fi dorit un pic de soare, care nu a iesit deloc din spatele norilor. Ne-am distrat pe cinste si amintirea ramane de nepretuit. Iar pozele chiar imi plac!
poza pe calea ferata

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on the railway

portrait highschool girl

portret cale ferata

portrait on railway

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portrait on train rail

poze pe linia de tren

andreea portrait railway

end of winter portrait

end of winter portrait overcast

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Colors of Trinidad, Cuba

united_kingdomWe’ve stayed 6 nights in Trinidad, Cuba, and it was hard to leave at the end, thats how beautiful it is! The city is rich from historical point of view – it was founded 500 years ago, when Cuba was colonized by Spanish and Trinidad’s main industry was the sugar trade. The Spanish Colonial Architecture is what makes this city a wonderful tourist attraction and is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites.


romania_flagAm stat 6 nopti in Trinidad, Cuba, si nu mai voiam sa plecam, asa de frumos este! Orasul este mic, dar bogat din punct de vedere istoric. Fondat in urma cu 500 de ani, Trinidad a fost un important punct comercial datorita comertului cu zahar. Trestia de zahar era cultivata in zona, plantatiile fiind muncite de sclavi adusi din Africa. Bogatii vremurilor si-au construit frumoasele case in stil Colonial Spaniol care se gasesc acum in centrul istoric din Trinidad, in jurul Plazei Mayor.

cuba trinidadPlaza Mayor – Spanish Colonial Architecture / Plaza Mayor cu arhitectura coloniala spanioladonkey trinidad cubaDonkey, a way of transportation on the cobbled streets of Trinidad / Magarul, un mijloc de transport pe strazile pietruite din Trinidadold car and street in cuba trinidadColored houses and old cars. I love CUBA! / Case colorate si masini vechi. Iubesc Cuba!street and houses in cuba trinidadWindows with metal or wooden bars / Geamurile au grilaj de lemn sau de metal. old american car on a street in trinidad cuba houses and windows in cuba trinidad windows in trinidad cuba men playing dominoes in cubaMen playing Dominoes on the street / Barbatii joaca Domino in strada, unul din jocurile preferate ale Cubanezilorstreet in trinidad homeless dog trinidad cuba husky small window family, cat and clothes trinidad cuba (2)Escambray Mountains around Trinidad /Muntii Escambray in jurul Trinidaduluitrinidad plaza mayorPlaza Mayor / Banci de metal in Plaza Mayor trinidad street with colored houses in cuba plaza mayor trinidad cubaPlaza MayorV in trinidad cuba colored houses cuba trinidadThe cuban flag / Steagul Cubanez atarna la o usatrinidad in the tower

cuba trinidad cathedral dog trinidad reading from kindle in cafe restaurant plaza mayor trinidad cubaCapucino and reading during a small break from sightseeing / O pauza de relaxareold church in trinidad cuba

casa particular trinidad cubaCasa Particular in which we stayed for our first 3 nights / Casa Particular in care am stat in primele 3 nopti in Trinidadpeople on stairs in cuba dog and old car in cuba band playing in restaurant cuba valle de los ingenios

Valle de Los Ingenios where sugar cane was cultivated. Slaves were being watched from the tower/ Valle de Los Ingenios la cativa km de Trinidad, unde erau plantatii de trestie de zahar. Din turn erau urmariti si controlati sclavii.sugarcane squeezer valle de los ingeniosSugarcane machine / Masina pentru stors trestia de zaharman sugarcane in valle de los ingeniosSugarcane juice and eating a sugarcane piece/ Am baut suc din trestie de zahar si rontaiam trestie de zahardrinking sugarcane juice men and dog on stairs trinidad cuba restaurant in trinidad cuba

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Cienfuegos, Cuba

united_kingdomCienfuegos (literally translated A Hundred Fires) is a nice port on the South Coast of Cuba. We spent 2 nights here, and even though in the beginning we didn’t like it too much (we were home sick after 2 weeks of traveling and the atmosphere was totally different than Vinales or Havana), we ended up loving it, and it is now a wonderful memory.


romania_flagCienfuegos mai este numit si Perla Sudului in Cuba. Este un orasel linistit la vreo 250 km de Havana, pe coasta de sud a Cubei. In traducere, Cienfuegos inseamna “o suta de focuri”. Am petrecut 2 nopti aici si, desi la inceput nu prea ne-a placut, atmosfera fiind diferita fata de Vinales si Havana, plus ca ni se facuse si dor de casa dupa atatea zile de calatorit, am ajuns la final sa il indragim si acum a ramas o amintire foarte placuta.

cinefuegos in cubaTypical street in Cienfuegos / Strada tipica in Cienfuegos

park cienfuegosJose Marti Park / Parcul Jose Marti si eleve in uniforma

center of cienfuegosPedestrian Promenade/ Promenada pentru pietoni. Vedeti telefoane publice, care inca se mai folosesc in Cuba.

palacio cienfuegosPalacio de Valle / Palatul de Valle

malecon cienfuegosPrado

water cienfuegosThe Promenade along the water / Faleza

cienfuegosThe cityhall / Primaria din Cienfuegos

park cinefuegos cubaCienfuegos Cathedral / Catedrala din centrul orasului Cienfuegosport cienfuegosThe Port / Portulbreakfast in casa particular cubaBreakfast in the Casa Particular / Micul dejun in Casa Particular

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horse and carriage cienfuegos

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shop in cubaShop / Magazin  streets cienfuegos in cuba

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tiles floor building cienfuegos

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me in cienfuegos

columns cienfuegos cuba

old car colonial building cuba

fisherman on prado cienfuegosFisherman / Pescar arunca plasairon grid on windows cuba

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cienfuegos puntaPunta Maria Gorda – in sudul orasului Cienfuegos. Un loc linistit cu aer curat!punta gorda cienfiegos fisherman cuba

mojito cubaMojitocinefuegos lion catedral

me in center cinefuegos

old car white and red in cuba

pool hotel cienfuegos cubaThe pool of a hotel in Cienfuegos / Piscina unui hotel din Cienfuegoscasa particular in ciefuegosThe living room of our Casa Particular / Sufrageria in Casa Particular in care am stat

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Cayo Jutias, Cuba

A day trip from Vinales to Cayo Jutias – a beautiful beach with turquoise waters in Cuba. Our taxi was an old American Chevrolet. Jump for joy!


O excursie de o zi la Cayo Jutias (Plaja Jutias) de langa Vinales, in Cuba. Taxiul care ne-a dus acolo era un Chevrolet vechi! Mi-a placut!

 

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cuba beach

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road to cayo jutiasRoad to Cayo Jutias / Drumul spre Cayo Jutias

taxi to cayo jutiasTaxi to Cayo Jutias / taxiul care ne-a dus si ne-a intors din Cayo Jutiasvinales cayo jutias

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