A magical secret castle

 

Luxembourg, even small as it is, doesn’t lack tourist spots to charm its inhabitants or tourists. As time goes by,  I keep on discovering nice spots, each with its unique specificity and beauty.
Such an example is the charming castle of the  Larochette town, located in the centre of the small duchy, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the Müllerthal region.
Being of about nine centuries old, the castle still offers many built spaces to see, great views from every corner and a nice garden welcoming the visitors at the entrance. It’s worth seeing all the parts of the castle area such as the wine cave, towers, dining hall, balcony with former bathroom and all the others, thinking of how they have been used along these centuries.
You can find more details on the following website:  http://www.larochette.lu/chateau_en.html      
                                           Have a joyful winter and safe & beautiful trips !!
Desi mic, Luxemburg nu duce lipsa de locuri fermecatoare care ii incanta atat pe turisti cat si pe locuitori. Pas cu pas, descopar tot felul de locuri frumoase, fiecare cu unicitatea sa, unele aducandu-mi aminte de calatoriile mele in Romania si Bulgaria.
Un loc pe care il recomand celor care ajung prin aceasta zona este castelul din oraselul Larochette, ce se afla in centrul micului ducat, localitate inconjurata de frumoasele peisaje din regiunea Müllerthal, denumita Mica Elvetie a Luxemburgului.
Vechi de aproximativ noua secole, castelul ofera multe spatii de vazut, desi in ruine, o panorama frumoasa din orice colt si o minunata gradina care ii intampina pe vizitatori inca de la intrare. Merita sa vedeti toate partile complexului architectural cum ar fi pivnita de vinuri, turnurile, sala de ospete, balconul cu vechea baie si toate celelalte, imaginandu-va cum au fost folosite si locuite in toate aceste secole.  
Puteti gasi mai multe detalii in limba engleza, pe site-ul:         http://www.larochette.lu/chateau_en.html   
                                                    Sa aveti o iarna vesela si calatorii sigure & frumoase !!

 

 

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The best is yet to come? I say yes.

Time, our friend Volos hist museum 2014

I have no idea…Could this be true? If I listen to a good friend of mine, this is what she always says when I tell her that I lost something/somebody or that new things chase away my secure stability. She says that the Universe is bringing something better for me. And, curiously, in the past years, she was right. Better things and people kept coming magically in my life, after an empty space made its way in my life. After a while, I started to visualise even better things so that it keeps on going.

Classically, Shakespeare is right…Time is a little tyrant, a mean friend, a rough force….always reminding us that we grow old every day, that days pass and years also. Or is it us who automatically are used to think so? Time is subjective…if one day we travel to Mars, we’re out of time, practically. Time is a mechanism that functions only for Terra and maybe it is not stressing us on purpose. What if, starting with today, we think all this in a different way-the photo above should help us! I discovered it in Greece, in the Volos town, in a common museum, stepping of course in a  corner which was not included in our guided tour :), that’s me. And it got my attention…as during my whole business trip, I kept thinking of these words. I want to share them with now as they could be true, for all of you, for me, for everyone. It is in our power to create the present and the future, no matter how things seemed to be, despite our worries, no matter how crazy the surrounding world is. We are living the best period of history, we are lucky to share our lives with amazing people, known or not, we can enjoy great things and experiences on this planet, we have eyes to see, a nose to smell everything, a heart to be happy and a body supporting us everywhere we go.

We have a planet for us only and we are here to give value to this world, we are the reason for which Sun is shining and we are lucky to live the best which is yet to come 🙂 !

 

Actress Stela Popescu has left for Heaven

Stela P poza veche

A well-known Romanian actress, Stela Popescu, has left us this week, in an unexpected way, without having the chance to properly say good-bye. She had been acting for decades in theatre, movies and television and, privately, she had the amazing chance to find her soul-mate with whom she has lived together ever since. Due to some health problems and despite her great energy at 81 years old,  she has passed away this Thursday.

So, this is a little remembrance post for this funny and optimistic lady who has never lost her sense of humour and love for life. May God rest her soul in peace!

Am auzit cu tristete de actrita Stela Popescu, un om care pentru mine a simbolizat mereu optimismul, dragostea de viata si cheful de ras. E pacat ca nu a apucat sa isi ia ‘la revedere’ cum ar fi trebuit de la familie si prieteni. In plus fata de lunga ei cariera artistica, Stela Popescu a afirmat mereu ca a avut marea sansa de a-si intalni sufletul pereche, pe sotul Puiu Maximilian. Si cred sincer ca avea dreptate, sansa aceasta o au  multi oameni.

Sper sa cei din Romania sa-si aminteasca mereu de optimismul si dragostea ei de viata, de simtul umorului si energia ei, care au insotit-o pana in ultimele clipe de viata. Dumnezeu sa o odihneasca in pace, alaturi de sufletul ei pereche!

Best classical movies for autumn

I know it is time for strange scary movies but myself I prefer to watch the great classical movies. I refer to those old movies that still charm us, make us dream, make us laugh, help us travel in some quiet times, when there was more respect, more friendship, more sincerity and much less violence. Whenever I am disappointed with the tv or cinema offer, I prefer to escape a bit back in the past and choose such a movie…. and I really have where to choose from. For this autumn I could mention two great actors, each in their own, unique way who are still pretty amazing and I think their movies could also charm all of you. I am thinking of Audrey Hepburn and Louis de Funes. There are a lot of movies like Holiday in Rome, My Fair Lady, How to steal a million, Hibernatus, Le gendarme de Saint Tropez, Le grand restaurant and many others. It can be a great idea for some autumn colder nights while enjoying an immunity-strengthening tea and some laughter, so good for your hearts.

 

So, have a pleasant and funny November no matter where you live and what weather is expecting you outside!

World Food Day-16 October *** Ziua Mondiala a Alimentatiei -16 Octombrie

omelette&guacamole

It started more or less with Jamie Oliver’s amazing energy and creativity to promote healthy food so later, I decided to celebrate this day every year. Besides our genetical heritage and other factors, food has an essential role in preserving our health, youth and active longevity. That’s why, I think that a good diet together with being active can be the basis for perfect health, which is worth all the richnesses in the world.  Besides this, the way we eat is also important, for us and this wonderful planet that supports all of us.

I have a healthy suggestion for the meatless Fridays, that is easy to prepare and very tasty, so everyone can prepare it in a samba rhythm anytime. It is an omelette combined with a simple guacamole.

You need 3 eggs, a softer avocado, some harder cheese, some garlic, a bit of lemon juice and some salt. For the omelette, you start with beating the eggs, then adding the salt and putting them in the pan; after some minutes, you can add the cheese (small cubes or sliced) and watch them cook, so that it doesn’t get burnt. With the avocado, collect the whole pulps, mix them well with a fork, add the lemon juice and garlic (which you’ve already cut) and mix well again. When the omelette is ready, put it on a nice plate with the guacamole and if you also eat bread, you can grill some slices of brown bread – my favourite. The result is tasty, very healthy and nicely coloured- if you also have kids!         Enjoy your meal!

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Bineinteles ca am aflat de aceasta zi cu tema gastronomica de la simpaticul Jamie Oliver si apoi am decis sa o sarbatoresc an de an, pregatind ceva simplu sau special. In afara de gene si alti factori, hrana zilnica are un rol esential pentru pastrarea sanatatii, tineretii si pentru o longevitate activa. O dieta buna alaturi de un stil de viata activ sunt secretul unei vieti sanatoase, care valoreaza mai mult decat orice bogatii.

Sugestia mea pentru o zi de vineri fara carne este o combinatie sanatoasa si usor de preparat de oricine, in ritm de dans! Am ales o omleta cu branza combinata fericit un guacamole simplu, facut in casa.

Aveti nevoie de trei oua, un avocado copt, niste branza mai tare, usturoi, putin suc de lamaie si niste sare. Pentru omleta, bateti ouale bine si adaugati sarea, apoi puneti-le in tigaie; dupa cateva minute, adaugati branza (o puteti marunti cum doriti) si apoi continuati sa le gatiti cu atentie, ca sa nu se arda. In ce priveste avocado-ul, adunati toata pulpa, amestecati bine cu o furculita pana devine o pasta; apoi adaugati sucul de lamaie si usturoiul (taiat deja) si amestecati din nou foarte bine. Cand omleta e gata, puneti-o pe o farfurie draguta impreuna cu guacamole si, daca mancati paine in general, cu cateva felii de paine neagra – preferata mea. Rezultatul final este gustos, foarte sanatos si frumos colorat – daca aveti si copii.     Pofta buna!

 

 

 

 

Confucius Wisdom words ** Vorbe intelepte de la Confucius

IMG_4551       Lectii de viata de la maestrul chinez Confucius

Cateva exemple din gandirea maestrului Confucius, pline de forta si intelepciune care va pot ajuta sa cautati si sa gasiti ceea ce va doriti in viata.

1. “Nu conteaza cat de incet mergi atata timp cat nu te opresti din mers.” Nu renunta la visurile tale chiar daca lucrurile nu se realizeaza cu viteza pe care ti-o doresti. In cele din urma vei culege roadele la care acum doar speri. Astfel de lectii de viata te vor ajuta sa mergi mai departe indiferent de cat de greu este drumul din fata ta.   2. “Nu te imprieteni cu un om care nu este mai bun decat tine.”   In viata este important sa te inconjori cu oameni de la care ai ce sa inveti, oameni cu suflet bun, altfel nu vei reusi sa progresezi niciodata.    3. “Atunci cand esti nervos, gandeste-te la consecinte.”  Inainte sa actionezi cu impulsivitate, gandeste-te la ce se poate intampla in urma a ceea ce vrei sa faci. Asadar, pastreaza-ti calmul si incearca sa gasesti o solutie mai buna decat cea dictata de impulsivitate.      4. “Atunci cand este evident ca nu poti sa iti atingi obiectivele, nu schimba telurile, ci modifica pasii.”  Lucrurile nu ies intotdeauna in viata asa cum iti doresti, dar acest lucru nu inseamna ca trebuie sa renunti dupa primele incercari. Continua sa cauti modalitati care te apropie tot mai mult de obiectivele propuse. Cat timp este vorba despre unele realiste, nu au de ce sa nu se indeplineasca.        5. “Daca urasti o persoana, atunci esti invinsa de ea.”   Nu purta niciodata ranchiuna oamenilor care iti gresesc, ci uita-i pur si simplu. Ce sens are sa ii lasi in continuare sa iti otraveasca sufletul?     6. “Omul superior care cauta ceva, cauta in el insusi; omul inferior cauta in altii.”  Tine cont de astfel de lectii de viata fiindca iti vor fi de un real folos. Vei reusi sa progresezi doar daca incerci sa imbunatatesti mereu ceva la tine.     7. “Oriunde te duci, mergi cu toata inima ta.”  Vei atinge succesul doar daca dai tot ce ai mai bun in tine. Implica-te cu toata inima in toate activitatile pe care le faci si nu vei avea niciun regret dupa aceea, pentru ca vei sti ca ai facut tot ce ai putut tu.    8. “Ofera sfaturi doar celor care cauta cunoastere dupa ce si-au descoperit  ignoranta.”      Nu incerca sa oferi lectii de viata unor persoane care nu le-ar intelege sensul, pentru ca iti vei pierde timpul cu acestea. Cel mai bine este sa le oferi instructiuni celor care au inteles unde greseau. Acestora le vor merge direct la inima.     9. “Daca va concentrati si asupra avantajelor mici, va va fi mult mai usor sa mergeti mai departe.”  Nu trata cu indiferenta realizarile mici, pentru ca acestea pot reprezenta un imbold important pentru dezvoltarea ta personala.
 10. “Daca te-au scuipat pe la spate, inseamna ca esti in fata lor.”   Nu te preocupa de oamenii care incearca sa iti faca rau pe la spate. Inseamna ca esti de mult in fata lor si ca nu stiu cum te pot impiedica.

 

                         Life Lessons from Confucius 

Here are a few examples of his ideas below, full of wisdom and force, that for sure can guide you in searching and finding everything you wish.   

1. It’s not important how slowly you go as you are still going (don’t give up your dreams&plans even if they advance slowly)   

2. Don’t become a friend of someone who is not better than you (find people from whom you can learn constantly and this way you’ll always evolve)  

 3. When you are nervous, think of the consequences (don’t let impulsivity take decisions for you and try to regain your calm)     

4. When there is no way to reach your aims, do not change your aims but change your steps (do not give up after a few trials, find new ways to approach your targets)       5. If you hate someone, you are defeated by them ( do not keep in mind people who hurt you, just forget them)     

 6. A superior being who looks for something, looks within themselves; an inferior being looks at others (people should always try to improve themselves)   

 7. Wherever you go, go with all your heart (put your good energy in everything you do, thus you’ll never have regrets)    

8. Give advice only to people who can admit they can be wrong (try to help people who understand they have been wrong)   

 9.  If you also focus on small advantages, it will be easier to advance in life (small accomplishments are important, they motivate your personal development).  10. If people harm you behind your back, it means you are in front of them (do not use your energies for people who attack you in sneaky ways, they will never have any force on you)

Well done, Simona! Bravo Simona!

Tennis China Open tournament

foto: EPA

 

Simona Halep 1trandaf globalsports.ro

foto: globalsports.ro

   Din nou vesti bune pentru tenisul romanesc:  Simona Halep a devenit pe 7 octombrie a.c. nr. 1 mondial datorita prestatiei din turneul de tenis China Open, din Beijing. 

De asemenea, dupa ce am asteptat atat timp, m-am putut bucura in sfarsit si pentru faptul ca Simona Halep a reusit sa o infranga pe Maria Sharapova pentru prima oara in cariera, o victorie meritata pe deplin, cu scorul de 6-2, 6-2.

In urma meciului castigat in semifinale cu Jelena Ostrapenko (Letonia), Simona a ajuns nr.1 mondial, o performanta unica pentru tenisul romanesc. Iata ce a declarat la sfarsitul acestui meci: ‘ Cuvintele nu pot descrie ce simt acum. Este uimitor că sunt numărul 1 mondial. Mulțumesc fanilor pentru sprijin. Am făcut meciuri extraordinare. Mulțumesc, China!” .

De asemenea, dintre multele mesaje de felicitari primite, Simona a destainuit ca cel mai frumos mesaj l-a primit de la jucatoarea americana Serena Williams, careia i-a multumit imediat pentru frumoasele urari.

Sper ca Simona Halep sa ramana in continuare in topul jucatoarelor de tenis din lume si sa ne dea constant motive de bucurie ca suntem romani, bucurandu-ne alaturi de ea. BRAVO SIMONA!

Again great news for the Romanian tennis: Simona Halep has become on the 7th October the no. 1 tennis player in the world, due to her results in the China Open Tennis tournament in Beijing.

Also,  after I have waited for so long, I could finally enjoy the moment when she managed to defeat Maria Sharapova (Russia), for the first time in her career, with a beautiful victory and the score 6-2, 6-2, at the same tournament. 

After the match she won in the semifinals against Jelena Ostapenko (Latvia), Simona becomes the world no. 1, a unique performance for the Romanian tennis. Here is what she said after this match: ‘No words can describe what I feel now. It is amazing that I have become the world no. 1. I thank all my fans for their support. I have managed to play some incredible matches. Thank you, China!’   

Also, out of all the congratulating messages she has received, she has confessed that the nicest message is the one received from another famous tennis player from the US, Serena Williams, to whom she immediately thanked for the nice wishes.

I truly hope that Simona Halep continues to stay in the top of the world best tennis players and manages to give us constantly many reasons of joy that we are Romanians, being happy by her side.

WELL DONE, SIMONA!