Rest easy, Chester. So sorry you were suffering.
When it comes to city breaks most travelers are heading for famous cities like Rome, Paris, Prague, London or Amsterdam, never taking into account other delightful, lesser known corners of Europe. Even with the latest development of tourism in the former Soviet Bloc, Romania has remained among those few undiscovered gem-destinations.
And if however the scenic Carpathian Mountains with their lovely resorts, breathtaking views and ski slopes manage to bring some visitors during the winter, and the Black Sea Coast greets them with plenty of sunshine and beach parties throughout the hot summer, not many know that Romania can deliver some very interesting city breaks as well.
This country will fascinate you with its humble beauty, wonderful people (they are so, so friendly!), its gorgeous mountains, and wonderful frescoes of ancient Orthodox monasteries. The best thing about it might be its magnificent medieval castles; according to legend, Count Dracula lived in one of them.
Tips: try to stay away from the capital Bucharest (I thought it was rather boring, but – of course – that’s just a matter of taste). Instead go to Cluj-Napoca, Timisoara, Sibiu, Brasov, Iasi, the Danube Delta or Constanta. They are smaller, but so colorful, vibrant and full of exquisite people!
Okay, enough talking. Let’s go exploring!!!!
Sighishoara. Photo by 00Joshi
After Facebook’s many privacy kerfuffles — can you believe there was a situation where users were able to read each other’s private chats? — it’s once again become fashionable to say you’re going to quit the social network.
Engadget founder Peter Rojas, who says he’s “tired of not having real control over what I’m sharing,” did it. So did VC and professional know-it-all Paul Kedrosky. So did that one guy in your office with the thick-rimmed glasses who says he prefers to “tweet.” And so did I.
Yup. I don’t have a Facebook account anymore.
So in one day, I have lost around 898 “friends”. That’s the equivalent of two fully packed jumbo jets colliding in mid-air and leaving nobody alive. And based on how neglectingly I used to treat my friends that refused to join FB, I will soon be forgotten by most of them, while they will continue to follow each others’ lives, share their latest photos, send event invitations and work on their virtual farms. I won’t even be able to track some people down outside of Facebook with whom I have been in regular contact (and would like to continue to be), nor will people easily find me who will try to do so. I will miss some people and I will miss some of the features, conceded.
Are there (big) windows/flowers/stars? Is there enough sunlight/wine? 😀 With how many people do you have to share the office? This is my old office (and one of my favorites, for that matter).
I love, love, love, LOVE this lovely place in #Budapest. A part of it was a longtime center for Hungarian literature and poetry, almost from its opening on October 23, 1894 to its closure in 2001. More pics to come. 🙂
Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.
Quite a few of these pieces were born out of community efforts, which also shows a growing worldwide acceptance of street art. When the Rainbow steps in Turkey were first painted over by the local government, nearby communities responded by painting their own steps as well in solidarity. The mosaic steps in San Francisco were created by more than 300 local people under the careful guidance of a couple of artists.
Are there any similar steps in your city that are worth sharing? If not, hopefully these images will inspire you to get your community together and paint your steps together! These simply colorful decorations can make the neighbourhood a more uplifting place.
Let’s take together 18 of the most beautiful steps around the world!