European Table Tennis victory for Romania in 2017! Victorie pentru Romania in Campionatul European de Tenis de Masa 2017!

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After several years of efforts and four consecutive finals,  Romania has finally built up the magic and won the 2017 ITTF European Table Tennis championship in Luxembourg city, on Sunday, 17th of September.

Reuniting five amazing girls, Eliza Samara, Daniela Dodean, Bernadette Szocs, Adina Diaconu and Irina Ciobanu, their coach Viorel Filimon encouraged them to play ‘one for all and all for one’ and never stop believing in their chance.  The coach has confessed for the press, by saying: ‘ I have waited 12 years for this gold. Finally we have reached it. We did not have any special preparation; our main weapon was the great quality of each player.’

After Monica Niculescu’s victory at the BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open in 2016, the Romanian Ping-Pong team continues with another victory, strengthening the positive energies for Romanian players in Luxembourg.     Congratulations to the girls and the best of luck for the rest of 2017!                    Photo: www.crisana.ro

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Dupa mai multi ani de antrenamente si patru finale consecutive, Romania a atras toate energiile magice  si a castigat Campionatul de Tenis de Masa European ITTF 2017 in Luxembourg city, duminica, pe 17 septembrie.

Asociind cinci fete fantastice, Eliza Samara, Daniela Dodean, Bernadette Szocs, Adina Diaconu si Irina Ciobanu, antrenorul Viorel Filimon le-a incurajat constant sa joace ‘una pentru toate si toate pentru una’, precum faimosii muschetari si sa creada in fiecare clipa in sansele lor. Antrenorul a marturisit presei: ‘ Am asteptat 12 ani aceste medalii de aur. Acum am reusit in sfarsit. Nu am avut un antrenament special; atu-ul nostru a fost calitatea extraordinara a fiecarei jucatoare.’

Dupa Monica Niculescu, care a castigat turneul de tenis BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open in 2016, a venit randul echipei de Ping-Pong a Romaniei sa adauge o noua victorie, accentuand energiile pozitive existente pentru sportivii romani in Luxemburg. Felicitari fetelor si mult succes pentru restul anului 2017!                               Poza:  www.crisana.ro

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Classical music in Bucharest Muzica clasica in Bucuresti ‘Magic Exists!’

piata-palatului4   It is with great joy that I promote another edition of the George Enescu Festival, taking place in Bucharest between 2-24 September 2017.  It reunites famous and new artists and music lovers can enjoy free concerts outside in the open air or they can go to the concerts inside the Athenaeum where the best orchestras of the world play every year.

For those who want to know a bit more about the life of the character giving his name to this festival, the Romanian composer George Enescu, I recommend them to go and visit the George Enescu National Museum, which can be found not far from the festival location: Calea Victoriei, nr. 141, sector 1, București (open from Tuesday-Sunday till 17 and Wednesday-Thursday till 19, a ticket is 6 lei).

There is a link here with information about all the festival events, both in English and Romanian:          http://festivalenescu.ro/program/serii-de-concerte/piata-festivalului/

In the old photo above, towards centre-left, you can see a building with a nice cupola and round small windows and antique columns which is the building of the current Athenaeum.

So, enjoy the Magic!

Ma bucur mult sa promovez editia 2017 a Festivalului George Enescu, ce are loc, ca intotdeauna in Bucuresti, in perioada 2-24 septembrie. Acesta reuneste artisti faimosi alaturi de cei noi iar iubitorii de muzica se pot bucura de concerte gratuite in aer liber in piata festivalului sau pot alege concertele din interiorul Ateneului unde, an de an, sunt invitate cele mai cunoscute orchestre ale lumii.

Pentru cei care vor sa afle mai multe detalii despre personajul care confera numele acestui festival, compozitorul roman George Enescu, le recomand sa mearga si sa viziteze Muzeul National George Enescu, ce se afla nu departe de locatia festivalului: Calea Victoriei, nr. 141, sector 1, București (deschis marti-duminica pana la ora 17 si miercuri-joi pana la ora 19, un bilet avand pretul de 6 lei).

Mai sus aveti link-ul cu toate informatiile despre evenimentele festivalului, in limba romana si limba engleza.

Bucurati-va de Magie!

 

Happy Days !

IMG_0246A nice snapshot from Porto, during my trip of last year. A joyful street in the centre with some nice decoration paper balls creating a happy corner. I hope it brings all of you a big smile!

Un moment placut in Porto, din timpul vacantei de anul trecut. O strada micuta si vesela in centru cu niste lampioane colorate care creau o atmosfera vesela si varatica. Sper sa va aduca un zambet vesel!

Summer Smoothie Un smoothie de vara

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As there are days which can be very hot and it’s a bit more difficult to eat classical meals, I would propose you the recipe of a smoothie.      I have put carrots, yellow melon, apples, kiwi, plums plus some honey, cinnamon and mineral water. Not only that it’s very tasty but it also protects your skin and eyes of the sun thanks to the vitamin A & vitamin C it contains.

Have a healthy and joyful summer!

Pentru ca stiu cum pot fi zilele de vara acasa, in Bucuresti, in Roma sau oriunde altundeva, va propun o reteta de smoothie pe care am incercat-o zilele acestea.

Am folosit morcovi, pepene galben, mere, kiwi, prune si ceva miere, putina scortisoara si apa minerala. Este foarte gustos si va protejeaza pielea si ochii datorita continutului de vitamina A si C.

Sa aveti o vara sanatoasa si vesela!

Prague, a romantic escape anytime

I have had the chance to see Prague for the first time this spring. Although it was full of people I managed to enjoy that romantic spirit of the city that I was looking for.

The weather was not the best but after two days the sun came out so the photos were much better. I managed to see a lot of famous, old spots and the castle area. I liked the old centre which is very picturesque and they deserve our appreciation for being able to keep and maintain unchanged all those small streets made of cubic stone and some really amazing buildings that have been beautifully renovated. I have also seen the Botanical Gardens of the university, the Music museum and the famous beer-house ‘U Fleku’, hosting also the beer museum.

All in all, I liked it and, being also an eastern country, I felt like at home. To conclude, it is a great destination, especially for couples, and I recommend it to everyone, especially during April-September. The photos represent the Prague Castle and the Botanical Gardens.

Romania and UK, together for peace

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In general, I try not to write about certain themes as I wish to keep my blog out of the crazy world around us. But there are sometimes stories that get into my heart and I just cannot ignore them  🙂 .

Such a story is a recent one about a baker named F. Morariu who is a simple but great example of how I see Romanians- helpful, good-hearted and honest. At a certain point it even gets funny but it is a surprising story about helping people in need around us , about not drowning in this selfish ocean where we all swim and trying to be a good Christian, yes I am not afraid to say it.

There are many articles on the website and here you can find some stories:                        https://reportuk.org/2017/06/05/london-attack-romanian-baker-and-spanish-banker-among-heroes/

I hope these modern heroes will be well protected in the future as their stories have been present in newspapers for everyone to read. I admire them and hope to live as soon as possible the day when I won’t see such things in Europe ever again. I hope to live the day when such criminals will be forever eliminated from our society, when youngsters can enjoy a concert or people like us can have a cappuccino without being afraid they may get killed for nothing. Europe is ours, it is OUR grandparents who died in the world wars and not some oriental citizens, we appreciate our way of life, we respect women &equality and who likes it it’s fine, who doesn’t like it can just go where they came from. I hope the war in Syria will be over sooner, most of the soldiers will come back in their countries so there will be no reason for such things. I hope European countries will wake up and see they live a war that is not theirs and will do something before all of us get killed….for nothing.

To end in a nice way, my congratulations for all these London heroes, thank God the good human spirit is more alive than ever and let’s just pray for peace, for the Europe we had before, for being free to live our culture as we wish wherever in Europe and travel safely everywhere on this planet!

Take care of yourselves wherever you are and always follow the path of the Sun.

p.s. Congrats to amazing Simona Halep 🙂 playing in the Roland Garros tennis tournament, we want to see you play the finals!! Succes Simona!

 

Roger Moore and Romania

It is with sadness that I found out that Roger Moore died yesterday. I had no idea he had a cancer as I’ve constantly seen him these years in different movies. He was charming several generations with his roles and beautiful blue eyes.

Besides the famous James Bond series and other similar films, I liked him also in an unknown movie, made in the past years. The title is ‘A princess for Christmas’ and I am subjectively mentioning it as it is set in one of the most beautiful mountain sites of my country, Sinaia. Roger Moore was very happy with the movie team, both from USA and Romania and the amazing mountain landscape impressed everyone.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1083448/ 

If you have some free time it is worth seeing it with someone special as the end will make you want a kiss 🙂 I am sure Sir Roger Moore will always remain in our hearts and will continue to live through his movies and his three children.