To My Dearest Friend

My dearest one,

You always had the courage to step on unknown, wild and illusory realms. They were beyond all appearances. You unconsciously crossed the boundary and you did not even know where you were. But you were quite and you were patient even if what you saw was a world dying. You were shocked and hurt but you kept being tranquil as you knew that there had to be a sunshine to calm the storm. There were forests and buildings burning, there were not oblivions or distances between that realm and other ones, as there were people who had destroyed the borders between my territory and their’s. And my world was on fire. You found me in the middle of it, fighting with those who kept hitting me, as hard as they could. You looked at me struggling and you realized I did not even know what I was doing. Self-defense? Vital?

You looked at those who were sitting in front of me, laughing like wild animals, thinking that they had their justice. They killed everything that was alive in my soul, leaving it homeless. And they were laughing. You could not believe your eyes when you saw that I started to undress and threw my clothes, the white dress and the violet flowers coronet, into the fire. You realized that I had the hope of feeling relieved. You kept analysing, thinking and trying to find a way to get me out of there.

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A New Astronomical Chapter in Bacău

November 30, 1976, is a remarkable date for the city of Bacovia. The old house of Criste Cristoveanu has become over the years one of the most famous tourist attractions in the city of Bacău. The string of years has continued to surprise through considerable achievements, such as the one in 1978, when the operating space that had facilitated the construction of a unique tower in Moldova was obtained. One year later, the observatory was hosted in “The water tower” located on Trotuş Street, number 10. Then, in 1980, the activity of the observatory was encouraged through the purchasing of a planetarium and of two telescopes of 63/80 mm, from Germany.

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The old “Victor Anestin” Astronomical Observatory on Bacău. Source: www.bacauinfo.ro

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The Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi

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The Metropolitan Cathedral. Source: www.crestinortodox.ro

A friendly handshake and a large smile set the tone for a new adventure, breaking the cloudy weather and the rainy mood with the positive vibration of optimism. I have O. by my side, a genuine tourist and a charming French woman with an overflowing refinement, in front of who any gloomy hint on my face dodges, clearly affected by the early waking in the morning, in combination with the gray tones of the  weather. It was not the first city break in Iasi, but this time it was fair to call it my first “séjour en ville”. I started walking with shriveled steps, and with my hands clutching the umbrella, alongside cheerful O. She seemed to carry a bit of the French sun. Her attitude reminded me of a famous slogan: “London. Rain. Strong wind. Hairstyle lasts.”Only that in this context, what was lasting was the enthusiasm in our historical Iasi.

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Visit at the Palace

Here we are, again in Iasi, sprinkling steps on historical streets that take us into the heart of culture. There’s a saying according to which all roads lead to Rome, but in the capital of Moldova somehow all roads lead to the Palace. Especially now, that everyone has heard about the reopening. Lured by the treasure locked until recently, we rushed in like the brave hero rushes into the cave when the seven-headed monster goes for a walk. But instead of “one chest” we have encountered many more, one more beautiful than the other. But let me take each at a time…

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The Palace of Culture, Iasi. Source: asplf2016.travis.ro

On top of the list of museums within the Palace of Culture was “Stefan Procopiu” Museum of Science and Technology. Or in other words sort of a “knock-knock, who’s there”, because we expected one thing and we found something totally different. Although the first section of the museum was the energy department, founded in 1961, instead of being presented the main forms of energy that were used, we entered the world of music. Currently arranged for the renovation project of the Palace of Culture, what greets us at the entrance of the museum is the department of recording sounds and playback, opened in February 1966. It includes a song performance, featuring the chronological evolution of sounds recording and playback. All the instruments it includes delight the eye and capture the viewer’s full attention, even without being put into action. When they`re turned on to do a demonstration, these musical hybrids became real beings that move gracefully and “voice” in hypnotic rhythms.

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Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi

Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi is the oldest public university in Romania and one of the advanced research and education institutions in the country. It was founded a year after the establishment of the Romanian state, by a decree given in 1860 by Alexandru Ioan Cuza, under whom the former Academia Mihăileană was converted into a university. Known at first as the University of Iasi, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University became the first student-centered university in Romania, once the Bologna Process was implemented.

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Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi. Source: www.uaic.ro

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Neamt Citadel  – a Moldavian treasure, a symbol of national identity

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The holiday atmosphere, the sand fragrance and the desire of feeling the sea- all these brought home from Bulgaria. But here we arrived again, engaged in an office chair, continuously struggling to grip our minds full of fleeting thoughts and make it stand motionless in front of the computer. The little imp… it would not stand still, moreover it would bring grief to the heart reminding it of what has been left behind. It passes like this a day, two days… Friday is still to come and also the long-expected weekend. And what is there to see!? The weekend had been missing us too, so it thought of canceling the last of the working days, so as to let the mind go for a walk, the same as you would take out the dog on a leash, for a walk around the house. Luckily, at just a stone’s throw, a magnificent fortress lies…

Back in the days when, for me, even the opposite end of town seemed a distant place, I had to go on a trip along with my perky classmates in Northern Moldavia. At that time I perceived my being away from home even in terms of feelings ; not only the fact that  I had to leave the street on which I was living, but also the fact that I was going to visit a place… up high. A citadel discovered in Romanian language and Romanian history textbooks, a legendary place sealed between the pages of a book. I was little, and the ruins big and I was wandering about, driven by curiosity. This was the picture of the famous fortress of Neamt, which was unfolding before our eyes a few years ago. Built in the late XIVth century in Moldavia, this fortress belonged to the system of fortifications which was meant to defend the country against the Ottomans. Having high stone walls, deep trenches, narrow windows, the citadel was visibly designed for defense.

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The Romanian National Opera of Iasi

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The Romanian National Opera of Iasi. Source: www.culturainiasi.ro

Let’s talk about what turns the abstract into something concrete. What is it that makes a dream palpable and a feeling come to life? What has the power of not only freezing an instant, but of transposing us back in time, merging the present with whatever moment in the past? Such unique greatness is what God has given us hearing for. Just as rain infiltrates into the dry ground to reach the root of a flower, so does music caress our senses to make its way to our soul. This is why among the altars raised in the world of men one is dedicated to this immortal goddess, strongly anchored to eternity under an illustrious name: The National Opera.

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Nicolae Ceauşescu – The Symbol of Romanian Communism

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Nicolae Ceauşescu – Click here for the original image!

Nicolae Ceauşescu was a Romanian Communist politician who lived between 26 January 1918 and 25 december 1989.

During his life he occupied the position of General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party from 1965 to 1989, and was also the country’s second and last Communist leader.

Nicolae Ceauşescu was the head of state between 1967 and 1989. when he and his wife were shot by a fire arm squad on 25th of December 1989.

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Important Monuments Forgotten over Time

monumente-uitateRomania is a place worth visiting both because of the splendor of the scenic landscapes and because of the historical load rediscovered at each step. As the great values ​​of society are forgotten, so are the buildings that made history. They are buried by the mists of time, not few being the buildings found on the list of historical monuments that today represent no interest for society.

Whether we are talking about mansions, castles, or houses built in the architectural style of old ages, these buildings carry in their walls, more or less affected by time, the stamp of our identity as a nation. These constructions scattered in all the corners of Romania recall the specifics of yesteryear, and also remind us that we are not the generation who will disconnect the wires which connects us to the past.

Cetatea de Baltă is a village at 60 km from Alba-Iulia that is documented in 1197. Under this settlement you can visit the Bethlen-Haller Castle. The Renaissance construction dates from the late 16th century, but the current form is placed under the guardianship of the year 1773. Those who pass its threshold can observe the evolution of the four centuries: from the Renaissance construction to Baroque elements, culminating with modern decorations.Today the castle is a private property, but it can be visited at request. Continue reading “Important Monuments Forgotten over Time”

The Ethnography Department of Bacău- The Sketch of a World Long Gone

Secția de etnografie40 (2)How many of us have not painted into their souls the stories that their grandparents used so tell at the fireside about the old life, about the customs and habits of ancient times? The memories were not buried along with our grandparents, but crept for a long time in our memory. These stories still inhabit our memories, and they revive every time we invoke them.

As a child, I was trying to portray in my mind people dressed in sprouts flax or hemp, who ransacked using the harrow the fertile soil in early spring or the women who, while snowdrifts covered the house, gathered for handicraft evening sittings and began to weave memories with the loom.
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