Corvin Castle – Hunedoara

 

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Every childhood is beautiful, however the kid lives.  Children are all beautiful, as they have something which later will be lost, the  quality of innocence. The  primary one…

Mine is in an  awesome way linked to one of the beautiful castles in the world. Of course I did not realize this while was running with my fellow around of it, captivated by the mystery and stories about the place. For our small world was the only one.

 Later in teenage  time, we used to have here our meetings, as the Castle has been for a long time one of the main points of entertainment in the town. Meanwhile a little cinema worked in the court, and for that time I could say it was a big blessing. My fellow understand better, as we lived in a time with not that much opening to the world.

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Here were organized almost all the cultural contests in the town. I would like to point out, in that time, even we were quite isolated by world, and the PCR structures controlled everything, still had a high quality of culture. Despite of the censure, which was at all the levels, we still strived  to keep high standards. Culturally speaking. Education was at that time one of the best. Apart of being nostalgic, is only a thing that I want to highlight as maybe we could improve something today, learning from the good facts happened before.

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Regarding our cultural contests, that were organized by the  County Scholl Inspectorate, I have a funny innocent story.

  One day I was asked  by the Romanian Language teacher to write a poetry about the  president Ceausescu. Of course at that time, we had to praise  him and the work of PCR. Being child , I did not pay  that much attention to the importance of the president and to the fact we should praise him, even I found this quite strange. However,  I wrote a very short poem, and when presented to the teacher before the contest, I said in a very funny way: I did not mention  the name of the president, cause if the next year we will have other president, my poem will still be available!

The teacher was laughing in a hided way, and looking at me very kind, said that we  need to introduce his name there. We did that  and went together to the Castle for the contest. I only remember the atmosphere there. Everybody enjoyed even was in quite dark time. 

 Otherwise  every single person  which  lived in that time knows the “medicine” for the big frustration we lived, were the jokes. Ceausescu jokes and of course, the Romanian brand jokes with Bula.

I am thankful  to the life for every single moment of my childhood. Even not having high technology, the good brands of toys, or other luxury things, I enjoyed my moments taking advantage from what  the place offered. Mostly this beautiful Castle. And even others, but of these I will be back with other posts.

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Today  Corvin Castle still attracts many tourists  in every year. More about the Castle could be found here.

Regarding me, I will always be there in every single visit of my town. As somebody said so beautiful:

“When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed but your childhood”

I really miss my time!

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Romanian popular music

In Romania, the syntagm popular music is used to denote a musical genre based on folklore, but distinct from it. The distinction is both in form and essence and it arises mainly from the commercial aspect of the popular music. In English the term is ambiguous since it could also refer to Romanian pop music.

The Romanian equivalent “muzică populară” has been used with different meanings. In the 1930s, for example, in the writings of Constantin Brăiloiu, it refers to Romanian folk music as the music of Romanian peasants. Later the term acquired a new meaning: since the c. 1950s it was used in opposition to “proper” folk music to exclusively describe the more commercially produced music reminiscent of folk music.

The popular music originated at the beginning at the 20th century when the first recordings were made. Traditional songs were collected and were adapted so they would have more appeal to the general public. Original compositions with motifs inspired by the traditional music (both peasant  and lautareasca music ) also started to appear. Some of the most important singers of popular music from this period are Maria Tănase and Maria Lătăreţu.

An important development in the popular music happened with the arrival of the communist regime, that took an interest in the popular music (for its tie with the masses) and imposed its own aesthetics. The music become standardized with short and simple structures as opposed to the longer and more irregular song structures that frequently occur in the traditional music. Improvisation, that plays an important part in both the peasant and the lăutărească music, was completely left out. The performers were required to have formal musical studies and were required to sing and play in a “nice and easy” manner in contrast to the coarser styles found in traditional musics. The regime promoted its own palette of “popular stars”, while authentic performers of traditional musics were totally ignored (except a very few that were able to adapt to the new requirements).

One of the most important changes done by the communist regime was the creation of large popular ensembles. This current started in the Soviet Union and spread in all the countries of the communist block, as it was seen as a “superior way of rendering the folklore”.

Some of the most important artists of this era are Ion Dolănescu, Maria Ciobanu, Irina Loghin, Sofia Vicoveanca, Nicolae Furdui Iancu and instrumentalists like Gheorghe Zamfir,Dumitru Fărcaş and Dumitru Zamfira. Some of the most important ensembles were the national “Ciocârlia” ensemble, the “Barbu Lăutaru” ensemble of the State Philharmonic, the “Doina” ensemble of the Romanian Army, etc. Most of this ensembles disband after the fall of the communist regime or reduced their personnel. Today, the most famous orchestras are the “Lăutarii” ensemble (based in Moldova) and a so-called “National Orchestra for Folklore” (“Orchestra Naţională de Folclor”).

Reference: Wikipedia 

Keep going for your dreams

 

 

My son, Cristian won one of the prizes on the 2016 Podium (2nd place on the Sportsman Class ) on the Romanian  Aerobatics Gliding National Contest. Congratulations to all the participants, as gliding flying requires a lot of courage, determination and knowledge. With many thanks as well to the instructors for all the guidance and support. Well done to everybody!

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Source: Echipa Romaniei de Acrobatie cu Planorul- Facebook Page

 

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Source: Echipa Romaniei de Acrobatie cu Planorul- Facebook page

Keep going for your dreams… You have got your own  gift which needs to spark in the world and be light in your way. For you and for people around you. 

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Spring glances from Bucharest

Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave.  – Constantin Brancusi

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Insomnia is a vertiginous lucidity that can convert paradise itself into a place of torture.

Emil Cioran

However much I have frequented the mystics, deep down I have always sided with the Devil; unable to equal him in power, I have tried to be worthy of him, at least, in insolence, acrimony, arbitrariness and caprice. – Emil Cioran

I lost my sleep, and this is the greatest tragedy that can befall someone. It is much worse than sitting in prison. –  Emil Cioran

 

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Architecture is inhabited sculpture. Constantin Brancusi

There hasn’t been any art yet. Art is just beginning. –  Constantin Brancusi

To see far is one thing, going there is another.  – Constantin Brancusi

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Don’t look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them. – Constantin Brancusi

Theories are patterns without value. What counts is action. – Constantin Brancusi

What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things… it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface. – Constantin Brancusi

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We are afraid of the enormity of the possible. – Emile M. Cioran 

Consciousness is much more than the thorn, it is the dagger in the flesh.-  Emile M. Cioran

Simplicity is not an objective in art, but one achieves simplicity despite one’s self by entering into the real sense of things.-  Constantin Brancusi

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Speech and silence. We feel safer with a madman who talks than with one who cannot open his mouth.  – Emile M. Cioran

The Universal view melts things into a blur. –  Emile M. Cioran

One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland – and no other. –  Emile M. Cioran

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A golden rule: to leave an incomplete image of oneself.  – Emile M. Cioran

Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself. –  Emile M. Cioran

No one can enjoy freedom without trembling. – Emile M. Cioran

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What surrounds us we endure better for giving it a name – and moving on. Emile M. Cioran

Anyone who speaks in the name of others is always an imposter.  – Emile M. Cioran

You live in your sphere’s narrowness
And luck rules over you –
But in my steady world I feel
Eternal, cold and true!
– Mihai Eminescu 

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Friendship marks a life even more deeply than love. Love risks degenerating into obsession, friendship is never anything but sharing.
~Elie Wiesel(Romanian born American Writer. Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986)

Only one enemy is worse than despair: indifference. In every area of human creativity, indifference is the enemy; indifference of evil is even worse than evil, because it is also sterile. – Elie Wiesel 

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Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.  – Paul Celan

The heart hid still in the dark, hard as the Philosopher’s Stone. – Paul Celan

Poetry is a sort of homecoming. –  Paul Celan

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Every religion implies that it treats the problem of being and non being, life and death. Their languages are different, but they speak about the same things. – Mircea Eliade

The post-totalitarian malady has taken its most acute form in Romania. And it has taken place for very specific reasons. The repression here has been more cruel, more brutal, than in other states caught in the inferno of a ‘socialist paradise.’  – Octavian Paler

And so it is when passion’s fled
Lost in the depths of night,
The light of our love, now dead,
Still haunts us in its flight.
– Mihai Eminescu, To the Star 

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Whether religion is man-made is a question for philosophers or theologians. But the forms are man-made. They are a human response to something. As a historian of religions, I am interested in those expressions.  – Mircea Eliade

A heart of my people’s great heart;
I sing of its love and its hate;
The part that you play is the fire’s; my part
Is that of the wind; you’re mate
In all that’s decided by Fate.
– George Cosbuc, “The Poet”

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The shore is an upright gallows
And poison drips
From the leaking roof of eventide.
A new ship, far away, groping for light
And silence, passes majestically the bridge;
Soldiers stand by, mute guardians of tranquility
~Nicolae Sirius, The soul in words

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Romania smiles in our Future

As a Mother, the Home Land embraces all her sons… With smiles in the sunny days, with hided tears in the hardest ones… Happy to see all the happiness around, sad when miss the sights of loved ones… 

Our… Is the race… Running through the days to catch the light of happiness… A good race… A bad one… Thousands and thousands of ways and paths of thinking… Learning from the past.. Working on the day… Looking forward for a brighter future… With Hopes for our Sons. 

Let’s talk about the Future! We never know what is going to bring the next day… We only know what hope we have for tomorrow.   A Hope which is embroidered with our dreams… with our smiles… And definitely, Romania smiles  in our Future! 

 

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 Nelson Mandela 

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“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt 

 

 

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“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”

George Washington Carver

Weekly Photo Challenge: Future

The Roman Bath, “Thermae Germisara”


 

Our travel plan carried on with a small excursion to the Geoagiu Bai. Dad has been the first one who brought to the table the idea. For sure, AB should see how beautiful is Romania. 

 

From Hunedoara it takes by driving on a road no more than 40 minutes. We always love to take it via Rapolt. It seems the way more picturesque. 

 

As usual, Cosmin has come with historical explanations. It is  so lovely his way to bring the history in our sights. 

 

In Roman times , Baile Geoagiu were known as  “Thermae Germisara” or  “Germisara as Thermis”.  Roman thermal baths ( Germisara ) kept almost the same shape as in ancient times, being built in the present location Geoagiu , a promontory circular diameter of 90-95 m . The bathrooms have worked in two phases ( Germisara and subsequently Thermae Dodona ) . In 1935 ,  while digging  the small basin of the present swimming pool with thermal water , they were unearthed statues representing the Aesculapius ( Aesculap ) and Aegean ( Hygeia ) , which testify to the intense life of those times . .. Interesting time… and  as history says,  the Dacians already knew of the thermal springs of the area.  The first settlements in the area can be found in the time of the Dacians, in the 1st century BC, as shown by archeological discoveries. … But Cosmin stated as well as other researches  showed  that the name came from the Hungarian name of the river Gyógy which means curative,  as has been found written villa Gyog by 1921. 

 

Here is certified too a kind of temple dedicated to the Nymphaeum  plus many others altars, statues, coins and precious metal ( seven plates by gold).  Relics and archaeological traces found inside the bath shows as well a strong and permanent service in the Roman period.

 

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Photo: Google Images

 

The  water from Geoagiu springs is calcareous and ferrouginous with a temperature of 33°C.   The waters of the resort are used both in internal cure and as a bath for rheumatic diseases, paralysis, etc. Ferric sludge that is found here is also used for the therapeutic purposes.

 

 

After the Romans left Dacia, it is supposed that the place has been left in desolation.   The first mention after this has come in the medieval times from Geovani Andrea Gromo, an Italian mercenary, commander of the guard Prince John Sigismund Zapolya. He recorded the restoration of bathrooms by mid-century 16 by Queen Isabella, wife of  John Sigismund Zapolya Hungarian King. 

 

 

Today the Roman Baths attracts tourists from all around the world. The climate is moderate continental. The annual average temperature 9.8°C. 

 

Natural cure factors consist of alkaline mineral water, slightly sulphurous, bicarbonate, magnesium and thermal mesothermal (29-32°C) peat mud, ferruginous, sedative climate. Therapeutic Indications: musculoskeletal disorders (rheumatism, neuralgia) gynecological disorders, nurit and metabolic diseases, dermatological diseases, hepatitis, chronic cholecystitis. Ozonized air and always refreshed by breezes mountain, recommended for the treatment of diseases of the nervous system, tiredness, anemia, neurosis. These indications have a general character, in each case is required the specialists recommendation.

 

 

 

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Photos: Google Images

Cincis Lake’s Mystery

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Cincis  is a barrier lake located in Poiana Rusca Mountains in a picturesque area, about 10 kilometers from Hunedoara City .  This  is one of the most entertaining places in Hunedoara County, attracting thousands of tourists  who come here drawn by the beauty and the peacefulness of the location.

It covers an area of 867 hectares and it is located in the hearth of the village with the same name, which dates back to 1300. The village has been rellocated since 1962 to a nearby hill to allow the formation of the barrier lake. When the water level is low, at the end of the dam you can still see the ruins of the former Cincis church, documented in 1360, the church being swallowed by water.

 

The  legends say that the name of this village ( “cinci” means in Romanian “five”)  comes from the ‘five guys’ who founded the settlement, building five houses here. It also says that the five founders (grandfather, son and three grandchildren) used to be brave fighters who have saved their king from the grasp of the Turks in a battle place called Poiana Turcului. As a result, they received Cincis Region as a reward.

Shortly after flooding area began to start, unexplained phenomena  has happened near the lake. According to locals, sudden storms took place on the surface of the lake; sheep no longer neared the lake, or late at night, spirits of the dead buried in cemeteries, now under water, could be seen. Also, many people have drowned here so the lake came to be called the cursed Lake by locals. 

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In response to the WordPress Photo Challenge:Landscape 

Poezie

Nu știu să spun exact când s-a furișat Poezia în viața noastră…. Pierduți printre ecuații cu ceva mai multe necunoscute, am bâjbâit prin semi întunericul vremii… Și am găsit logica… Acea superb amestecată  in tumultul  zilelor și parfumată de florile primăverii…

Azi învățăm să o împletim cu lumina clipelor, azi o dezbrăcăm de idei și o înfășuram în gândurile noastre.

 Știu…și uneori ne minunăm de revelație…Că deși gândirea noastra este matematică, o vedem totuși cum ne face cu ochiul din colțul clipei… Cu multe necunoscute…  

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AB iubește rapsodiile… are “beat” cum îi place lui să spună… Și un farmec anume…

 Învățăm timid dar plini de poezie… El- Românește, eu- tehnica expresiei…. Senzațională experiență…

” Sus prin crângul adormit,

                        A trecut în taină mare,

                        De cu noapte, risipind

                        Şiruri de mărgăritare

                        Din panere de argint,

                        Stol bălai

                        De îngeraşi,

                        Cu alai

                        De toporaşi.

                        Primăvară, cui le dai?

                        Primăvară, cui le laşi?” 

(George  Topârceanu  – Rapsodii de primăvară)

O primăvară fericită oriunde te-ai afla! 

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Ziua internațională a poeziei este marcată, anual, în a 21-a zi a lunii martie.

Inițiativa sărbătorii i-a aparținut UNESCO în 1999.

Shiaya ye

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.”  

Martha Graham

“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” – Voltaire

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.”

Rumi

“Dance is the hidden language of the soul”

Martha Graham

 

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Umbrellas Dance – 1982- Hunedoara, Romania

“There are memories that time does not erase… Forever does not make loss forgettable, only bearable.” – Cassandra Clare   

 

“Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in.”

Shannon L. Alder

“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

Friedrich Neitzsche

“You must give everything to make your life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in your imagination.”

Roman Payne

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching,
Love like you’ll never be hurt,
Sing like there’s nobody listening,
And live like it’s heaven on earth.”
William W Purkey

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