And why, pray tell, did you travel last week to Romania, MB?
Because nothing would do daughter MB2 better than a trip to Transylvania and the dark forested, wild bear-infested Carpathian Mountains, to climb the steps, amidst the dank damp scent of stale human blood, to enter the bowels and entrails of Dracula’s Castle.
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
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.
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.