Posted on August 31, 2018
For MB’s next-to-last Romania post, he is giving followers some sundry shots taken in various locations inside Bucharest and out, with a little commentary on some. Read More
Posted on August 30, 2018
Peles (pronounced ‘Pel-esh’) Castle sits on the outskirts of a small town called Sinaia at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, about a 3-hour drive from Bucharest. It’s well worth the trip. Read More
Posted on August 29, 2018
Quiz Question Nr 1 – What is the largest administrative building in the world?
Answer – The Pentagon (easy!).
Quiz Question Nr 2 – What is the second largest administrative building in the world? Answer – See below. Read More
Posted on August 28, 2018
MB & daughter MB2 enjoyed a number of tours around the city of Bucharest (and outside) during their recent five-day excursion to Romania. All were enjoyable, particularly the street food walking tour which combined history, geography, architecture, local culture, Romanian craft beers and great food, whilst exchanging stories and chat with fellow-tourees.
Posted on August 27, 2018
The Romania witnessed by MB last week is one where much of its religious past history of Greek Orthodoxy is very evident. Some 50 churches were destroyed by the Communist authorities in the capital city since 1947, but the devotion of the people to their churches and their religion prevented even more widespread destruction. Today some 250+ churches exist in Bucharest alone. Most are architecturally beautiful old buildings.
Posted on August 26, 2018
Greetings to all from MB who has just returned from a short break to Romania. It was Eid Al Adha public holiday last week in the Muslim World/Middle East so MB took the chance to go on a father/daughter adventure with daughter MB2. For the next 7 days MB has decided that he will give followers a glimpse of his adventures – one pic per day.
Thanks MB. Don’t mention lads.
First pic was taken at night in the city centre square where there were huge protests about one week before MB’s visit. Locals were protesting about the corruption that exists in the country, the fact that many must go abroad to find decent paying jobs and low wages. Many Romanians living abroad returned home to take part. The Government accuses the tens of thousands of protestors of attempting a coup. And in any event, the Government instructed the police to take a heavy hand which involved battens, pepper spray and tear gas.
One elderly protester called Ilie Gazea allegedly died from medical complications following tear gas inhalation. The Government state that his death had nothing to do with any tear gas or protest-related medical issues. The protestors, to a man and woman, blame the Government/Police for the man’s death. The only thing that both sides agree on is that the unfortunate man was a protestor and he is now dead at age 65.
MB asked the guide on his first-night tour around Bucharest to stop so MB could get a chance to take a few night shots in the square and talk to the very small number of protestors that maintain a nightly vigil to keep the protest movement alive. It was an interesting conversation.
The following shot is of a small candle-lit shrine to the memory of Mr Ilie with his picture in the centre holding his eyes during the protests.
Posted on August 25, 2018
Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #8: COLORFUL
First things first. Apologies to Tina and all Lens Artists fellow-bloggers for MB’s correct spelling of the word ‘colour’ in his post title. Seems that ever since you guys threw all that tea into Boston harbour (not ‘harbor’) (& the cost of which you still owe to the Brits), the spelling zone of your brains has been fried, for want of a decent cup of tea perhaps?! And MB doesn’t give a fig for the Webster’s English Dictionary. The WED is a Yankee creation, is it not? And in the opinion of MB, a mere smokescreen for the Yankee misuse of ‘or/our’ and ‘s/z’.
But enough correction of your Yankee friends MB. Get on with the Challenge….
OK, ok, guys.
MB and daughter MB2 were in Bucharest for 5 days this past week and did much exploring and unearthing and checking out ‘Dracula’ stuff and such like, of which more in the future. For the moment, MB will just give y’all a colourful shot he took in one of the nicest bookshops he ever visited – called ‘Carturesti’ in the centre of Bucharest. This bookshop sells, in addition to books, vinyl records, tea sets, wine (yes, wine!), backpacks, tea shirts, and much much more.
But for Tina’s challenge, MB has selected a shot of a table selling tea sets.
Posted on August 24, 2018
Posted on August 18, 2018
The Islamic feast of Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) takes place next week. In the week leading up, Muslim families will travel to the animal markets to select their particular sheep or goat (normally). So maybe not an ‘everyday moment’ throughout the entire year, but the buying and selling of animals is an everyday moment for that particular week in the Middle East and throughout the Islamic world, for many hundreds of years past.
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