Transylvanian fall

Almost a year had lapsed since we last met; but I have not taken a break from traveling and from being an avid admirer of our beautiful world.

September marks the beginning of a colorful fall in Transylvania and thus, it rains almost every day. Living in the Southwest, I considered myself fortunate to experience not only a change in scenery and the vivid green, but also the crisp morning air and gentle rain.

I started my journey in Brasov, a city with a strong and captivating history, harbored in the Carpathian mountains. The old cobbled streets, medieval walls and towers, churches were enlivened by crowds of people walking, sipping at countless terraces, reading books, playing chess games in the parks, all in slow motion.

I then took a train to Sighisoara, a UNESCO world heritage centre, one of the best maintained permanently inhibited medieval towns in Europe. It is hard to grasp the history of this place, the tens of thousands of people that walked on the same cobbled streets in the last seven centuries. Some of the towers in the old wall and the church on the hill are dated back to the 1200s. I had an immense feeling of being small yet important, of being overwhelmed by a history that is stronger than anything else I had experienced. The rain and mild fog that day made the surroundings even more eerie, pulling me back in time- I had visions of horses and carriages, of cannons and arrows, of medieval garments and of old crafts; even the air smelled like chambers of an old castle, like a dry and old wood chest. That day made me spiritually richer.

Travel back in time with this set of pictures, with more to follow.

 

 

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Colossal Cave

75 ft. underneath the mountain lies a dry cave that formed many thousands of years ago. While the photos won’t do it justice, I encourage you to visit this truly unique cave, if you ever find yourself exploring the beautiful Southern Arizona; and, if you visit in the winter, you will have the privilege of a beautiful scenic route, with palm trees, cacti, desert sand and snow covered mountains.

The cave system averages a 70 degree F. temperature year- round and it had been used three to four thousand years ago by the Hohokam Indians; remnants of their presence are still visible at the entrance to the cave. Only 5% of the caves in the United States are dry caves, where the formations do not grow as they do not have a water source- what you see today is what its antique inhabitants saw as well. Enjoy!

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Paris rain

It has been a long, too long of a time since I posted anything on my blog.

I am guilty.

A week in Paris- my fourth time in Paris, and again, it was not enough.

Truly, the most romantic city in the world- from above the Notre Dame cathedral.

Enjoy the amazing skyline and the endless sky..

More to follow..

 

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Pacific

I recently flew over the other side of the Pacific to wonderful Japan. I never knew it takes 12 hours to fly shore to shore!

Here is the immense ocean this morning from Balboa Pier beach/ California.

 

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Beloved Romania

I am only a year and a half late, but these pictures are still melting my soul;  I made a promise to return every year.

Welcome to Romania! Bucharest- Brasov-Sibiu

 

 

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Today

The beach is just 10 minutes away and it’s calling..

It only takes 5 minutes to encompress the sky, the limitless Pacific, the salty air, the bluest sky and the fine sand and I am set for the week. These photos happened 16 minutes ago

 

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Southern California sunset

There is a place for Sunrise- the first sunrays reviving the tumult.

And there is a place for Sunset- the one place where the ocean engorges the sun, leaving behind unearthly arrays of colors. The photos are a sunset sequence at the Santa Monica beach. The beauty is behind words. I could not take my eyes off the sky and I teared for being a witness to such beauty…

 

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A speckled glimpse of New York City in December

New York City owns me each time I come back to it. With every visit, I immerse into its crowded venues, its street food and high end restaurants, its magic displays. This time it felt even more alive. It is the city of limitless mingling of races, traditions and beliefs, where every corner speaks its own story.

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Chicago from up in the air

It’s summer and Chicago is boosting with life!
Everything is green, everything is fresh and the concerts, plays and musicals are more numerous than ever.
Here is a collection of photos from up in the air from my most recent trip outside the city of Chicago, a city that I absolutely love and respect for all it has to offer, for its pulsatility and its grandiosity.

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