Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

As an obsessive, serial relocater, my heart is often pulled toward the next possibility.  Will we live overseas? Global south? Middle East? Adventure awaits somewhere.  But over the course of many relocations, I’ve also learned you must determine to love where you live.  For the moment, that place is near East Village in downtown San Diego.… Read More Love Where You Live – East Village, San Diego, California

A trip through the ages and around the world – Romania’s village museums

One of Romania’s most impressive cultural and educational sites is the Astra Museum of Traditional Folk Civilization in Sibiu, central Romania.  Spread over more than 200 acres, it is Europe’s largest open-air museum, with historic structures- windmills, barns, churches, houses – from around the country transplanted on the lush terrain.  Romania’s diverse geography necessitated equally… Read More A trip through the ages and around the world – Romania’s village museums

Hercule’s Bath – Baile Herculane, Romania

According to the most reputable legends, Hercules stopped in the Cerna Valley in southwest Romania to bathe in the hot springs and take a much-needed vacation from his exploits.   During the Roman period in Dacia, Baile Herculane was a leisure spa town renowned throughout the Empire.  Today, vestiges of its 19th century glory days… Read More Hercule’s Bath – Baile Herculane, Romania

Monastical Seclusion – Horezu, Romania

One foggy afternoon in October we turned off the main road that skirts the southern Carpathians and headed straight into the foothills.  Signs directed us to the UNESCO World Heritage Horezu Monastery.   Several kilometers of road dead-ended at a large gate and medieval stone walls.  The monastery and surrounding buildings on the hillside were… Read More Monastical Seclusion – Horezu, Romania

The Wooden Churches of Maramureș, Romania

Along Romania’s northern border, rolling hills and thick forests clothe the landscape that flows into Ukraine.  This is the region made famous in William Blackers Along the Enchanted Way, recalling a medieval way of live that still exists but is quickly evaporating into the morning fog. One notable architectural feature of this region is the wooden church… Read More The Wooden Churches of Maramureș, Romania