Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

In Europe, bridges don’t look like they used to.  Over the course of years, many famous bridges have become weighed down with excess metal in the form of padlocks.  Tradition, hearsay and plain nonsense suggests that two lovers who fix a padlock to a bridge and throw the key in the river will seal their… Read More Commitment, Europe’s Bridges and How to Finally Free Your Toddler from the Curse of the Pacifier/Binkie/Dummy

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

Transylvania’s Big Three – Brașov, Sighișoara, and Sibiu

First things first, a linguistics lesson.  In Romanian, the ‘ș’ makes the English ‘sh’ sound.  Thus, these notable Transylvanian cities are Bra-shov, Sigee-shwara, and See-bee-oo.  (Bucharest, for that matter, is pronounced Bucharesht in Romanian).  These cities are a huge draw to Romanian tourism and culture.  Built by Germans who migrated to central Romania at the invitation of Hungarian kings between… Read More Transylvania’s Big Three – Brașov, Sighișoara, and Sibiu

Ancient Dacia and Romania’s Stonehenge – Sarmizegetusa, Romania

“Sarmy . . .  That place.  You know what I’m talking about.”  That’s how I usually started conversations about our weekend trip to Sarmizegetusa, the ancient capital of Dacia before the Romans invaded – hidden from modern civilizations, buried in the mountains, only recently found.  One of only six UNESCO World Heritage sites in Romania,… Read More Ancient Dacia and Romania’s Stonehenge – Sarmizegetusa, Romania