Summer moments

 

Budap by night

I hope all of you are well and, despite the epidemy, enjoying safely this summer.

I have selected some of my summer moments to share with you and even give some ideas in case you also postpone travelling by plane, favouring more the car this year. Budapest in summer can be nice, especially thanks to the Danube that offers many nice spots, little islands and even more isolated tourist spots where you don’t risk to run into big crowds of people (Margaret island, Szentendre, Buda hills and panorama spots).

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And in order to create tasty memories, Budapest offers you many sweet shops (Cukraszda, Fagylaltozo, Edessegbolt, Pekseg)  where you can find cakes, icecream, slices of torta (similar to the birthday cake), sweet pastries, mouse-like desserts, fruit salads) so you can taste each time something different. 

Another nice discovery is the small town of Passau, in Germany which offers many places to enjoy in the sunshine – especially in the old centre. 

If you have time to go a bit further (or closer, depending or where you live), Balchik is also a charming seaside resort where you can find everything that you need, pleasant hotels with good prices (Antik, Queen Maria, Los Dos Gallos), relaxing landscape and very nice people. 

the Dan in Budthe Danube in Budapest

 So stay healthy and give a chance to low-level tourism, you could discover things you may like for the rest of your lives!  Have still a nice summer 🙂 

 

More ethical on the web

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Hello again people!

This is just a small post to give you an ethical suggestion.

I know all of you use search engines all the time, me too. But I have discovered a greener option to big search engines whose usage generates mostly Co2. There is an unknown search engine just as good that is using a big share of the income generated by searching to plant trees.

This is called Ecosia and you can start using it and do something good for our planet and for us all. Here you have some extra information:   https://info.ecosia.org/what

I hope that you will also follow my example as, with a small step, we can do a big good for everyone. Thank you and may the peace follow you everywhere you go!

 

Dragi cititori,

V-am pregatit un mesaj scurt cu o rugaminte etica.

Stiu ca folositi motoare de cautare foarte des, la fel si eu. Insa cum am descoperit o varianta mai eco pentru motoare de cautare; exista un motor de cautare nu foarte cunoscut care foloseste un procent consistent din venitul generat de cautari pentru a planta copaci.

Acesta se numeste Ecosia si puteti sa ii dati o sansa si sa incepeti sa il folositi; aveti ceva informatii suplimentare aici:  https://www.ecosia.org/

Sper sa doriti sa imi urmati exemplul, deoarece, doar cu un mic pas, putem face un mare bine pentru toti. Va multumesc mult si pacea sa va urmeze oriunde va aflati 🙂 !

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One world day for bees

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20 May is the world day dedicated to bees; you must remember this from my 2019 post.

I hope that everyone has started to appreciate more the bee products and be more attentive towards bees in general, as they are an important part in our lives.

 

Honey is well-known for its many benefits, so try to include it in your diet:

**  it reinforces the immunity

** it helps you to sleep better

** it improves your memory skills

**it nourishes skin and face (useful to be put in masks)

**it boosts your energy levels

**it strengthens the gum health

**it diminishes sinus problems and coughing issues

**it can be used to heal wounds (like aloe)

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Besides these, there are still many so we could consider it a super-food (thanks Jamie Oliver!). I would advise everyone to try and use it fresh than cooked so as to keep all its content of vitamins.

For those who are interested in using honey also differently, here are some ideas; I am suggesting some healthy recipes but you can also ”travel” on the site and discover more original ideas with honey:

https://www.dabur.com/daburhoney/honey-recipes/healthy-recipes.aspx

All the girls know that honey is also magical in cosmetics; I’be tried recently several products with honey content and I’ve been really happy with a hydrating lipstick containing honey. In general, products with natural extracts are much better for us when we talk about cosmetics as ur skin absorbs a lot from everything we apply on it. 

Here you can discover some original and useful facts about bees:

https://www.thoughtco.com/fascinating-facts-about-honey-bees-41652

 

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Stay healthy, stay wise, respect the bees and not only! Lots of health for you 🙂 😉

Paste diferit Fericit ! Happy different Easter!

Dragii mei cititori vorbitori de limba romana, prima mea limba, va doresc sincer

Paste Fericit, sanatate excelenta, pace in suflet, bucurii, vesti bune de la toti ai vostri si credinta si optimism mereu in suflet! Sper sa treceti cu bine si puternici prin situatia generala dificila si sa va reluati viata normala intr-un viitor apropiat. Sper sa mai cititi cand aveti timp ce mai scriu aici – incerc mereu sa va povestesc despre lucruri pozitive, utile si bune sufletului.  Christos  a Inviat!

Past Fericit!

Si ceva muzical pentru urechile voastre sensibile:        

 

 

 

Dear readers, I wish you all Happy Easter with great health, joy, peace in your hearts, good news from everyone and optimism and faith in your hearts!! (for the Catholics with a bit of delay) 

I hope you can go through these tough times well and be able to go back to your normal life quite soon. In the meantime, eat dark chocolate eggs, enjoy the time with your loved-ones, learn something new online, do some spring cleaning, try a new recipe and hug your lover. Try to make these difficult moments positive with small nice things every day.                   Christ  has  Risen! (the song is specially created for Easter 2020 and interpreted by 100 Romanian artists and is saying ”Christ has risen”, trying to convey a positive and warm message for this specific Easter)   When you say your prayers send a thought also for all the doctors and medical staff everywhere for putting others’s survival before their own.  

 

Nu uitati ca nu sunteti singuri, chiar daca vizibil sau invizibil este mereu cineva care va protejeaza, faceti-i viata usoara si aveti grija de voi 🙂 .

Always remember that you are not alone, visible or invisible there is always someone there who is protecting you; make their life easy and take also good care of yourselves 🙂

Baden-Baden, a perfect place in spring

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Hello again everyone! After you finish cleaning for Easter,  you can save a few minutes to enjoy some nice photos I have taken in Baden-Baden, a small quiet place with therapeutic waters, lying in the south of Germany.

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I had read about it many times so we decided to give it a chance and discover this town. We were impressed by the classical architecture with Romantic influences of this charming place, situated in the valley of the Oos river. It was founded by the Romans who also discovered the thermal waters that, later in its history, created the fame of this corner of the current Germany.

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Concerning the cultural aspect, there are many original places where you can not only spend time but also learn nice things and hear original stories; I made time to visit the Faberge Museum (in Sophienstrasse) where we were welcome by an original Russian lady who is totally convinced that ”Russia is the best country, culture and society ever” :):):):):). An amazing and romantic spot is the Old Castle – Castle of Hohenbaden, that is up on a hill, surrounded by old gardens, nice paths, many birds and old trees – a real marvel.  You can also spot easily the Ruins of the Roman Thermae, very well capitalised, the Trinkhalle (the Thermae settlement) and the old Casino around the centre.

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I hope that my little presentation is convincing, especially that this zen Baden-Baden is a place that can entertain any category of visitor. There is also the Mont Merkur, a nice hill that you can reach easily from a point close to the centre; you can take a funiculaire or walk and it offers a nice forest air and great views from the top. When it will be safe enough, it can be an amazing location for a nice little trip with your loved-ones.

 

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A, the most important aspect – wherever you may walk, it is full with cafeterias or cake-shops. It is impossible :):) to resist; if I listen to the Italians – ”Il migliore modo di resistare alla tentazione e di cedere” – than I tell you: Carpe Diem. This is what I did, I ate every day at least a cake, out of which the most famous is of course the Foret Noire.

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Anti-worry tips during difficult times

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As I am sure everyone is trying to do their best during these tough times, I would like to share with you some of the tips that could help you chase away ”worry thoughts” coming your way during difficult times. 

++ One idea would be that whenever you feel stress approaching, start quickly a breathing session while you breathe more deeply (8 sec.) and repeat this exercise; also, you should manage to move every day, even if you stay inside the whole day, finding ways to stretch and move while doing your things – this will help you maintain a  good immunity and 🙂 stay cheerful

++ also, cleaning and making a bit or order is bringing you positive vibes; you can recycle newspapers, put some order in your wardrobe, wash dishes, use the vacuum, water the plants :), repaint a wall, wash textiles, put your kid’s toys in order….the more you see the space fresh and clean around you, the more your mental status will boost with optimism and wellbeing

++ another trick that is always working is..  Mr Bean 🙂 No matter what is happening around you, if you need a bit of laughter or joy, find the Mr Bean sketches on the internet and watch those that you like more – believe me,  it always works!! If you don’t like Mr Bean, then you can look for Charlie Chaplin, Fernandel, Jerry Lewis, Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy or anyone else;   you can also use this link for Mr. Bean, if you wish:                                                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48HwpwkPZ74   

++ cooking is also a great trick; even if you know to cook or not, choose a simple recipe and start to cook. Along the cooking steps, you will notice how you will focus more and more on the cooking ans less on other things; in the end, if your result is hopefully tasty you will see what an amazing feeling it gives – having something valuable that you have created yourself :). For anyone I guess, the recipe of ”Pancakes” is an easy start, I was taught to prepare these by my dad when I was 12 and I have not forgotten the recipe. In the photo is a Portokalopita Greek cake I have prepared recently. 

Portokalopita cake

 

++ gardening can be a great activity bringing you a lot of positive vibes – no matter if you have a garden or just a balcony, you can take care of some plants, grow some small veggies (onions, cherry tomatoes 😉 , small peppers, radishes, zucchini), strawberries or just some herbs like mint, rosemary, thyme. They do not need much effort and it will make you really happy to taste something good from time to time. Simple plants can also fit your apartment whether they have flowers or not, they will produce some oxygen and good mood for you every day.

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++ drawing or painting alone or with your kids/family; you don’t need any talent, you can just use your imagination and use the colours you like. You can also try to use a colouring book or to copy a landscape 😉 from somewhere with your own hand. I have painted a whole wall in our apartment and seeing how I was advancing every day gave me a lot of good vibes and confidence in my talents

++ also keep in mind that if you don’t drink enough liquids, it could create a bit of stress and head-aches; so remember to drink every day min. 1 l of healthy drinks – teas, a bit of coffee, water, mineral/spring water, fruit juice (but no Fanta), coconut water, carrot juice, non-alcoholic beer – these will keep you 🙂 in super-shape!

Besides these ideas, there are many other things you can still do – dancing, reading something motivating, talking on the phone, spending time with your loved ones and from time to time try to still go out and take some fresh air in spots where you know you will not be meeting people and where the air is fresh and clean. 

The Castle of Urspelt Castelul Urspelt

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Located among some nice hills of Luxembourg,  the present Urspelt Castle was built more than 300 years ago. The former farm of the castle was turned into an elegant restaurant and the inside yard was upgraded even with a jacuzzi, functioning during the warm season. Combining a history lesson with a romantic accommodation experience, I can say that the Urspelt castle is today one spot that you need to see during your stay in Luxembourg.  While being also a ”National Luxembourgish Monument” it is also the only castle-hotel in the Grand Duchy.

Ursp castle entrance view

 

As with its 4-stars  it can be quite expensive, I advise those interested also in sleeping in this castle to follow their website as they offer constantly reductions for the accommodation or special packages.  I have been lucky to enjoy a reduction for a weekend so I had no doubts and went to discover this place. I have to say that it is the first 4star hotel where I have had champagne for breakfast and the personnel were also kind with us.

 

Ursp castle outs view

Other nice ideas are an underground level bar decorated very nicely still bearing some medieval architecture traces, a nice fireplace in the castle yard, a small spa inside the castle (paid separately) and some romantic rooms with everything that you may need (cosmetics, tea, coffee, small agenda, magazines to read). The atmosphere was peaceful, emphasized by a nice background music in the castle yard after sunset – meant especially for the fireplace spot.

Ursp castle interior garden

I would recommend this place to romantic people, couples, history lovers or anyone wishing to have a little romantic break from a busy life for some time. I hope to go there again and check what other champagne brand I discover for the ”romantic breakfast”. 

 

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Once in a while, after having saved some money, you can dive in the world history and feel even for a night that you are a princess & a prince; for this romantic fantasy I think that the Urspelt castle is doing a great job.  

Stay safe and stay active! Use the precious time with your loved-ones :):)  Till soon :):)

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Situat intr-o zona cu dealuri frumoase din Luxemburg, actualul Castel Urspelt a fost construit în urmă cu mai bine de 300 de ani. Fosta fermă a castelului a fost transformată într-un restaurant elegant, iar curtea interioară a fost modernizată chiar și cu o jacuzzi, ce funcționeaza în timpul sezonului cald. Combinând o lecție de istorie cu o experiență de cazare romantică, pot spune că acest castel este un loc pe care trebuie să-l vedeti în timpul șederii voastre în Luxemburg. Deși este, de asemenea, un „Monument Național luxemburghez”, este și singurul castel-hotel din Marele Ducat.

Cum hotelul are 4 stele, serviciile pot fi destul de scumpe, îi sfătuiesc pe cei interesați să  și doarma în  acest castel să  urmareasca site-ul, deoarece oferă reduceri în mod constant pentru cazare sau pachete speciale. Am avut norocul să profit de o reducere pentru un weekend așa că nu am avut niciun dubiu și am mers să descopăr acest loc. Trebuie să spun că este primul hotel de 4 stele în care am avut șampanie pentru micul dejun, iar personalul a fost, de asemenea, drăguț cu noi.

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Alte idei frumoase sunt un bar la nivel subteran, decorat foarte frumos, care poartă în continuare niște urme de arhitectură medievală, un foc de tabara în curtea castelului, un mic spa în interiorul castelului (plătit separat) și numeroase camere romantice cu tot ce ati putea avea nevoie (produse cosmetice, ceai , cafea, agendă mică, reviste de citit). Atmosfera a fost complet zen, subliniată de o muzică de fundal frumoasă în curtea castelului după apusul soarelui – destinată mai ales locului pentru foc cu bancutele din jur.

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Aș recomanda acest loc oamenilor romantici, cuplurilor, iubitorilor de istorie sau oricui dorește să facă o mică pauză romantică intr-o viață cotidiana plină. Sper să merg din nou acolo și să verific ce altă marcă de șampanie descopăr pentru „micul dejun romantic”.

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Din când în când, după ce economisiti ceva banuti, puteti calatori putin în istoria lumii și puteți simți chiar și pentru o noapte că sunteti prințesă și prinț; pentru această fantezie romantică, castelul Urspelt face o treabă grozavă.

Rămâneti în siguranță și  fiti activi! Bucurati-va de timpul prețios alături de cei dragi 🙂 🙂 Pe curând 🙂 🙂

 

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Spring support against the disease !

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My dear readers, in these stressful times when I also have to adapt together with my loved-ones in order to keep us safe, I wish to try at least to bring some smiles for your faces. No matter on which side you are, my good thoughts are going also to all of you – I hope you find the necessary material and emotional support you to heal if you have a problem and to stay healthy and stay motivated to go on safely with your lives.

Practically, I would advise to do exactly what you would have done in any other similar situation – keep your immunity strong, eat healthy food (garlic, ginger and onion are excellent friends), avoid crowded places, put a bigger emphasis on individual hygiene and safety, move still every day in a safe spot, keep your brain active and stay optimistic! We are stronger than the problems that arise along our life; give a helping hand or at least some supporting words to your elders as much as possible and also to the doctors you know – thanks to them we are living today! With a lot of attention, healthy nutrition, better self-hygiene and wiser attitudes, any of us can live through this difficult moment with no negative effects so please remember that your LIFE and HEALTH are essential so take very good care of yourselves and stay positive and strong!                                                         GOOD HEALTH to everyone!!

 

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Va scriu dragi cititori sa va urez sincer multa sanatate tuturor, indiferent de varsta voastra! Va rog mult sa aveti grija cand iesiti afara din casa si incercati sa va protejati fata si mainile cu o masca si manusi sau cu orice altceva ce este la fel de eficient. Si pentru mine este foarte greu mai ales ca am si un puiut mic care are nevoie de aer si de soare insa incerc cat pot sa gasesc cele mai bune solutii ca sa putem trai aceasta perioada intr-un mod sanatos, sigur si totusi placut. 

 

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Rozmarinul este excelent ca ingredient al unui sapun antibacterian- va sfatuiesc sa folositi cu incredere gel sau sapun pe baza de rozmarin, propolis sau salvie. De asemenea pentru a distruge orice microbi, folositi si spirt medicinal pentru maini si pentru voi si pentru varstnici si copii (prima poza din articol). 

Va trimit ganduri bune tuturor – celor care au probleme de sanatate pentru a se vindeca repede si cat mai usor, doctoritelor si doctorilor care depun eforturi mari in aceasta perioada pentru a se ocupa de cei bolnavi si pentru a avea grija si de sanatatea proprie, de cei sanatosi care trebuie sa ajute pe altii sau sa se ocupe de ei si de familiile lor si pentru oricine simte aceasta perioada ca fiind dificila. Este dificil sa ne adaptam la ceva periculos si invizibil dar este mai bine sa prevenim decat sa tratam si va rog nu uitati –  VIATA si SANATATEA voastra conteaza, este cel mai de pret lucru.

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Stati cat puteti in casa, profitati de balcon sau gradina daca aveti, ocupati-va de curatenia de primavara, intariti-va imunitatea cu mancare sanatoasa, vitamine simple & ceaiuri naturale, incercati o reteta simpla si gustoasa, incercati sa lucrati la distanta pentru serviciu (daca puteti), deschideti fereastra sa auziti pasarile cantand si amintiti-va sa va protejati fata si mainile cand trebuie sa iesiti.    SANATATE MULTA TUTUROR!!

Cold weather treat

As everyone is getting paranoic around because of this current health issue that I cannot be sure 100% of its veracity, I prefer to keep my zen vibes and enjoy this period – weeks of changing weather from winter to spring, birds singing and empty streets. 

So, wanting to create a little moment of unique sensations, the best idea seems to be…. a cake, of course! And, maybe why not choose an interesting southern Europe sweet thing with lemon peel.

The recipe is the classic oven cake that you all know, I still enumerate the ingredients: flour, 3 eggs, some milk/yoghurt, brown sugar/honey/agave syrup, peel from 2 bio lemons, vanilla essence, rhum essence, baking powder, some mineral water/beer (adapt it to the consistence).

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Try to mix everything well and if necessary, add with care extra flour or mineral water till it has a medium consistence (not too thick nor too light). Apply some butter/olive oil inside an oven shape and afterwards pour the content carefully. if you wish to give an original touch, add some mint leaves in the fina dough or chocolate chips or raisins.

Prepare the oven for 180 C (classical one) and let it bake for 40-45 min and then you can leave it on 160/170C to finalise the baking. When the baking was over, to give it an exotic taste, I poured on it some mango-passion fruit sauce that I have from most of big shops.

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So, that is it; in order to be sure try with a small bamboo/wooden stick the dough before you turn off the oven. If the cake is ready, there should be no traces on the stick.

Enjoy the cake with whatever you want but not with anyone 🙂 Stay healthy and take care of yourselves!

                                                   Many hugs, your online angel 

 

P.S.  When you are cooking, listen to this song for having good energies and inspiration:

 

 

 

Let’s help the Australian paradise! Sa ajutam Australia impreuna!

My dear readers, I know not if you have been to Australia or not; I have not. But this should not be an obstacle for you and me in helping as we can.  I think it is not Australia, Brasil, Greece, Portugal…..it is OUR Terra.

I wish to offer you a few ideas if you are willing to give a small helping hand.

First, the well-known organisations Greenpeace and WWF are already helping out Australia, due to this environment drama that should be corrected as much&fast as possible. 

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On the Greenpeace website, you can easily find on the front page the announcement about the Bushfires –  you can sign petitions, donate some money and even send to your friends, ecologists, etc. the link if they are also interested to give some support to the Australians. 

                https://www.greenpeace.org.au/ 

Also, the WWF Australia is case-showing on the front page different ways in which people can help; I hope that I manage to inspire as many people I can as no matter how you decide to help (siging petitions, donating some money, buying some charity items, etc.) veery little gesture counts for these people.

               https://www.wwf.org.au/#gs.v67ysh 

Also, another great idea (that I have decided to do as I love perfumes in any shape) is to buy some special Lush koala soaps that were created especially for this occasion. I think that it is a beautiful thing to give someone a hug when they suffer and try also to help with practical things. This is how we also do in my home country. Unfortunately there were people who have died…and too many animals who also died..This is not a joke and many other people are suffering around these victims…

        https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/lifestyle/beaute/lush-présente-un-savon-koala-pour-soutenir-le-sauvetage-des-animaux-en-australie/ar-BBZnlvY?ocid=spartanntp 

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I thank you a lot for reading this and hopefully for succeeding in giving a bit of your time to help in anyway you can this land baptised Australia. For sure they will need many years to repair the damage…I hope these fires started only by natural causes and t was not also a human accident…And it is a bit frustrating..as they are surrounded by water all over and still these fires advanced like this…

Let’s stay positive and send our good thoughts and gestures to them and let’s hope that the political representatives that were criticised by the Australians ate waking up and rolling up their sleeves to help, support people and implement immediate measures.

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Thank you a lot for your time & have a healthy and magical winter!

 

 

As I have not been in Australia, I am using these photos with thanks and in courtesy of the following websites:
https://www.webjet.com.au/travel/outdoor-adventure/where-to-cuddle-a-koala-in-australia/
http://wonderfulengineering.com/australia-wallpapers-the-land-of-desert-and-rainforests-in-wallpapers/ 
http://www.visitvictoria.com/Things-to-do/Nature-and-wildlife/Wildlife-and-zoos.aspx