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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
It is by pure coincidence that I happen to be in Washington, DC at the right time for this year’s spring miracle. Each time I visit DC, I go to one or two museums, to the bohemian yet sassy Georgetown and I try out some of the new culinary popups.
This time though my visit is special. I want to spend more time outside walking, seeing, smelling, feeling the spectacle of spring. My heart is full.
If you have to change the plane in Europe, Amsterdam may be a very good choice. The train takes you from inside the terminal to “Centraal” (Downtown) in less than 15 minutes. Once you step out of the train station, a beautiful city with loads of history, unique architecture and cobbled streets crammed between water channels, opens right in front of you. Restaurants, terraces, pubs, bars, museums, churches, parks and quaint hotels are bordering the bicycle crowded alleys.
Amsterdam is a pervert city… in all ways.. the day in Amsterdam is relaxing, calm and surrounds you with the beauty of the 16th century architecture and the paintings of the Golden Age. Your stroll at dusk will turn your head in all directions. Thousands of people on the street, crowded restaurants, museums open until the late sinful hours, the show windows of the Red District, all will dazzle you, will energize you and make you believe there is no other place like this on the planet. And there is none..
I invite you all to immerse in the city of Amsterdam…a genuine European stylish experience, diverse and unique. It will make you let go of your inhibitions, blend in and wish to return soon or stay for good.
My photos were taken early in the morning. People were scarce, likely prepping for another crazy night. But the city was beautiful and unbothered. Enjoy, and I dare you to experience on self the Amsterdam night!