Destinatii de vacanta


Incerc sa gasesc farmecul acestei plaje de pe malul Dunarii. Plecand de la aerul orasului ancorat undeva in anii ’90-2000, plaja imi creeaza un sentiment de autenticitate, nealterata de invazia turistilor in masa, plaja virgina unde doar localnicii isi odihnesc trupurile in soarele batran. Ba ma gandesc si la Vama Veche, la inceputuri, asa cum mi-o imaginez eu caci nu am fost nicodata, chiar si la Balcik unde se regaseau personajele lui Anton Holban.

La portile verii


Pacla fina se asternu peste padurea care se ridica in valea Cernei si o perdea deasa de ploaie cadea dincolo de fereastra balconului de la etanul 6 al hotelului Roman unde ea venea deja a doua oara. Muntele oferea un sentiment de dainuire de-a lungul timpul, marturie a existentei indelungate pe aceste meleaguri a zeilor, caci parea sa fi fost valea lor unde se scaldau, erau fericiti, se desfatau in izvoarea termale datatoare de viata si sanatate, faceau amor, convietuiau cu toate vietatile fara nici o umbra de pericole si eforturi. Nu stiu ce cataclism a dus la disparitia lor. Pe aceste meleaguri au venit si s-au asezat romanii, regalitatile au construit o statiune plina de dantelarii arhitecturale ba amintindu-ti de Regenta ba de simplitatea romana. Un alt cataclism uman a dus la ruinarea acestor cladiri si a profanarii lor. Nu poti sa te impotrivesti vremurilor, si decadenta are dulceata ei, o nostalgie a ceea ce a fost si ar fi putut fi.
Hotelul pastreaza aerul de odinioara, nu se desparte de trecut pornind de la basorelieful lui Hercules care se pastreaza in muzeul de langa baile romane pana la camerele care se lupta intre modernism si mobilier desuet. Nu ma deranjeaza catusi de putin atata timp cat am muntele in fata mea, baile termale la discretie atat cele de la piscina hotelului, de la baza de tratament si de pe valea Cernei. Atata timp cat aceste personaje rapace de pe scena politica si administrativa a tarii nu se lacomesc sa modernizeze o albie de rau de milenii doar ca sa taxeze cu 10 Ron accesul la cloaca. Cloaca este tot farmecul. Este cadru abrupt, natural si pentru toata lumea. Este un pic de comunism ideal. Pentru toata lumea. Egalitate, fara eforturi costisitoare. Te arunca in mijlocul naturii si e atemporala. Acest proces defaimator si alterant de modernizare nu are ce cauta in valea rezervatiei naturale Domogled. Ar fi benefic si util ca orice specimen biped pus pe vandut de tara si instaurator de kitch, prost gust si simt sa se abtina sa puna mana pe frumusetile si bogatiile naturale ale tarii care sunt patrimoniu national nu un castig ieftin pentru generatia de ignoranti ajunsa, in lipsa elitelor intelectuale sa acceseze tezaurul inestimabil al Romaniei.

Pompeii, expresia unei maretii a umanitatii


Pompeii nu este o destinatie fericita. Corpuri umane calcifiate in pozitia in care fugarii au fost prinsi si arsi de lava, ruine si ramasite de fresce inca minunate, un exercitiu de imaginatie printre casele ruine pompeiene, odata surse de viata si abundenta, arta, muzica si placeri. Frescele sunt inca graitoare in privinta coloritului, a mesajului transmis si tematicilor arabe de gradini luxuriante, pasari, pe fundal negru si azur, exotism, femei senzuale, erotism si chipuri de personaje din Pompeii autosuficient. Vila Misterelor, casa dei cubicoli floreali. Am petrecut cateva ore printre stradutele pietruite  descoperind casele dar nu este suficient nici macar doua zile fara o documentare aprofundata in prealabil. Este dezolant sa te afunzi in oras si sa incerci sa te transpui in fiecare poveste a caselor aduse la lumina, contopindu-te totoadata cu arsita amiezii parca la fel de amenintatoare cu cat inaintezi si amintindu-ti de lava incandescenta care a facut sa dispara o civilizatie. Vezuviu se inalta in partea de sud a orasului, sterp.
Efectul este cu atat mai psihedelic cu cat organizarea sitului arheologic difuzeaza o coloana sonora care te adanceste in starea de mutenie, de non existeta in care doar tu esti martorul unei stari de fapt disparute. 

No Misery, just Nobilita


I cannot find a more refreshing drink in the morning than champagne. This is not a richness expression, is a state of mind. Like the one of Capri day trip that I visited when on Amalfi Coast, Vietri sul Mare. We stayed in a boutique hotel bult in the cliffside hanging above the clear sea. The little town was cozy, abundent in art, ceramic pots

and scenary. We did the most of it and took the bus ride to Amalfi and then to Ravello.

The bus is an adventure. It’s like a roller coaster above the deep blue. But it’s worth it. The destination makes you forget all. Amalfi Cathedral is a huge edifice at the feet of the lush mountains, among the white washed small houses that are twinkling in the light of the sunset, when the sun goes down beyond the peaks.

Ravello is a marvel. The two villas, Rufolo and Cimbrone I visited offer the best views along the coast and the art objects provided along with the garden is the ultimate bliss on earth.
Villa Cimbrone offers the infinity terrace lined up with white statues.
The isle that I dreamt at all my life, Capri, hosts the villa of the doctor and philosopher Axel Munthe. Another paradise with lush gardens and vistas but you’d better read the best book ever that describes the house of the author’s dreams. And mine.
Casa Rossa’s poster is displaying a matrimonial rite in Anacapri painted by Edouard Saint Sain and also exhibits many other paintings all depicting life on the island. The building is an arab style house, with a patio, motifs and statues and again a vista of Anacapri.
San Michele cathedral with amazing floor and altars, rich in religious paintings.
Everywhere you look it’s art, culture and architecture. No misery just Nobilita.

Bank holiday weekend highlights: parks, gardens and history


Green retreats and historical places are the best short destinations to visit in the city. Royal Parks, gardens and museums enchant my eyes and transport me in other times, escaping the routine and challenge the mind. 

This weekend I went to see live the Still Pond, the most published capture and representative for Isabella’s Plantation. It’s very idyllic to gaze to the still water of the pond where colourful Rhododrendons and azaleas are reflecting. The other ponds are populated with yellow irises and water fouls. The deers were very friendly and let themselves be photographed by the visitors in close ups. 
The Hampton Court Palace offered the best performance lied on the border of the Thames. I traced a few famous painting by Rembrandt, Titzian, Rubens, found at the favourite court of Henry VIII. Also I went on his steps following him on his apartments, on the Magic Gradens, the Kitchen Gardens and admired the Great Hall whose ceiling are decorated with magical creatures and eavesdroppers maybe hanging there to make people aware that someone at the court might be listening.

Little pleasures and secret oasis in the city


A stretch of wood and wildlife in the heart of the vibrant King’ Cross, along Regent’s Canal. The Camley Street Natural Park is a dense little woodland with ponds, meadow wildflowers, shrubbery and its woodlanders…insects, birds and fish. A kept secret and hidden place, tucked away from the eyes of the city lovers. It’s just for the wanderers and for the true seekers of greenery and authenticity. It’s lunch break regal to go for a stroll on a hot summer day and eat your meal sitting on a bench nearby the pond or to enjoy a coffee on the site’s terrace. Either way you’ll get a positive mood and a boost of energy without too much effort. 

I am a thorough seeker of places that are not very marketed despite their worthiness. I like to discover authentic places that do not address to the crowd and will not be on the consumers’ wish list. For me this is a real gem, a treasure in the middle of a busy and full of brands area of London, nearby Google offices, the Univeristy of Arts, Camden Library and fancy restaurants in the Granary Square or the Stables. 

This is a place to soothe your mind and soul reading poetry or meditating when you’ve got little time. It’s a refuge for resting your mind and chilling down. This has been a way to detach myself from the anxiety I’ve got the whole week. It’s been therapeutical and exciting in the same time to discover and enjoy a couple of minutes of escapism from the city features and connecting with true self. 

This beautiful fantastic


A movie about gardening, books and frienship. 

“Creating a garden starts as an interest and soon becomes a lifetime’s obsession. One that can be engaged in a moment’s notice, by simply stepping outside. A true gardener can create more happiness propagating life in one seed and seeing that single flower unfold, than the rich man could ever get from his perfect, rolling lawns.

So inspiring, resourceful and delicate. My kind of movie. 

Creating a garden
starts as an interest
and soon becomes
a lifetime's obsession.
One that can be engaged
on a moment's notice,
by simply stepping outside.
"A true gardener can
create more happiness
propogating life in one seed
and seeing that single flower unfold,
than a rich man could ever get
from his perfect, rolling lawns.

Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=this-beautiful-fantastic
Creating a garden
starts as an interest
and soon becomes
a lifetime's obsession.
One that can be engaged
on a moment's notice,
by simply stepping outside.
"A true gardener can
create more happiness
propogating life in one seed
and seeing that single flower unfold,
than a rich man could ever get
from his perfect, rolling lawns."

Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=this-beautiful-fantastic
Creating a garden
starts as an interest
and soon becomes
a lifetime's obsession.
One that can be engaged
on a moment's notice,
by simply stepping outside.
"A true gardener can
create more happiness
propogating life in one seed
and seeing that single flower unfold,
than a rich man could ever get
from his perfect, rolling lawns."

Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=this-beautiful-fantastic
Creating a garden
starts as an interest
and soon becomes
a lifetime's obsession.
One that can be engaged
on a moment's notice,
by simply stepping outside.
"A true gardener can
create more happiness
propogating life in one seed
and seeing that single flower unfold,
than a rich man could ever get
from his perfect, rolling lawns."

Read more: http://www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk/movie_script.php?movie=this-beautiful-fantastic