Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sighisoara Medievala - crowds no.2

I was reading last night some Romanian blogs where people were complaining how horrible this festival was, and how they hated it. For sure there were some weird things going on at the foot of the hill, like extensive/intensive grilling and such, but I guess you cannot have a festival without food. And yes, sometimes maybe you had to wait in a restaurant, but this is the festivals again: chaos :).
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

muzica @ Sighisoara Medievala - Anton Pann

One of the best concerts was that of the "Anton Pann" group.
Old Romanian and byzantine music, of which you can listen to here on their official page, or HERE, where you can find the whole songs. Also, if you scroll down the page, under SIMILARE (on the righ side of the screen) you can listen to more songs. The name of the group is actually the name of a famous Romanian poet and composer from the beginning of the 19th century.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sighisoara Medievala - a festival chronicle

This is a festival that reached its 16th edition this year, and where I was for the first time some 10 years ago. It was fun this time too, wonderful place, good food and excellent entertainment - of various sorts. I will provide photos during the next days. I start today with some "crowd pictures", because this is what was the main ingredient :) of the festival.
Happy week ahead!
Towards Piata Cetatii (Fortress Square) .Listening to music.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

lunar landscape

I like this landscape. The salt comes into amazing shapes from the rain and sun.
Happy Sunday!
PS: if you take a look at my pictures from Thursday, 22nd of July, what you see in the background of the first photo is exactly the salt mountain!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

the salt mountain - now and before

Last time we've been so close to the Slanic Prahova salt mountain was in 2006. What a difference! Back then we could actually get near, touch and taste (!) it. But now, there is a fence and a warning. This is thou not a bad thing - my oppinion is that it should be protected from the hordes of careless tourists, and also from the rain. Oh, well... we still have a long way to go, till we understand that we should protect our natural treasures. But I am afraid that the salt mountain is melted by then...This is now.
Below, the image from 2006.

Friday, July 25, 2008

industrial sky watch

An industrial photoshoped sky watch for today.
Other people gazing to the sky you find by clicking on the above logo.
Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

mud on your face

Oh, yeah! clueless in boston was right yesterday, mentioning that women pay a lot for mud in the spa centers. In here, it's almost for free - if we don't count the entrance fee amounting barely 5 EUR...
These three ladies were so fun to watch! I guess it's mother with two daughters. And they had fun - they took some pictures also, Jackie :)!
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

getting a colour

We are still in Slanic Prahova, and oh, well, getting black is one of the favourite activities. And I don't mean here getting a tan, but actually getting... black! Click on the image to enlarge it and you will see... More tomorrow!
They use the mud as cure against all sorts of things, from rheumatic issues, to skin problems, etc.
Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

a salty weekend

This weekend we've been to Slanic Prahova and I actually swam for the first time in the salty lake. A weird sensation, since this high concentration of salt in the water just pushes you to the surface, so all you can do is use your hands - your feet will just float above the water :).
Some people found some other kind of fun, floating on a wooden platform,
and sometimes trying to sink it... without any results of course :).
PS: the maximum depth of this lake is 15 m!
Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Malta - Camera Critters with Cats (CCC)

I love Maltese for their love to cats - cats everywhere, to much of our delight! These are the wonderful creatures of Valetta.
Happy Sunday, and Happy 15 Camera Critters!

Friday, July 18, 2008

cooling down

We had such hot weather in Romania lately, so some rain is welcomed. These days have been quite chilly in the mornings, but we definitelly enjoyed it!
Happy Sky Watch Friday! Make sure to click on the logo below to visit the new home of SWF!If you cannot see anything here is just because of rain...

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Malta - Gozo - ouch!!

They might look nice, but stay away from them :)!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Malta - tourist scenes in Blue Grotto and Valetta

Good morning! A nice rain woke us up, just in time for breakfast. The air is cool and refreshing now, still some clouds here and there.
For today, here are some people we met in the streets... No, I had no obsession with the two girls next to the Triton fountain :), they were just sitting there where I was actually trying to capture the fountain and the pidgeons :)...
Happy Tuesday!

Favourite activity in Malta: waiting for the bus...
Hungry after a trip in Valetta.Say "cheese", honey, you are on!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Malta - Comino: Blue Lagoon

We go swimming! For everybody having a hot weather weekend, here is a method to cool down :).
Happy Sunday!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Malta - Valetta & Mdina trees

A little bit of Valetta & Mdina trees close-ups today, to keep shadow. Busy Saturday... but nevertheless, have a great weekend everybody!


Friday, July 11, 2008

Malta - Valetta with a sky watch.

A photoshopped sky watch for today, of a Maltese church - St. John's Co-Cathedral in Valetta (clich the link to see more about).
Thanks Tom for hosting us! Also make sure to click either on the name, or on the logo below to see more amazing photos.
Happy Friday, everybody!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Malta - buses (2)

Oh, well... and the price of the diesel goes up and up... I don't wanna know how much diesel needs one of the old Maltese buses.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Malta - buses (1)

True landmarks of Malta, the buses provide also a nice and extended route, which will take you to almost every corner of the island. Although they also have extremelly modern buses, with plasma TV screens incorporated, we preferred the old ones. They have a certain flavour...
Happy Wednesday!

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Malta - Popeye Village

I am a child at heart, what about you? Do you like to play silly sometimes? I know I did this holiday :)! Popeye Village Malta - fun for all young at heart, as they say on the website.
It was indeed so much fun, although they could care a little bit more and dust the realia from time to time... :). But anyways, I totally enjoyed seeing and taking pictures with Popeye and the gang. After all, together with Chilly Willy, they were my favourite characters as a child.
Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Malta - Valetta: sunny morning

Yesterday we were tricked by the weather to believe that some rain comes again. Instead, we had over 30 C again. Today too. 7.30 AM and hot already. What is your weather like today?
Happy Wednesday! Enjoy some Valetta scenes again - the one below shows some deliiiiiiiiiiiiicious Maltese bread specialities :). For breakfast!

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

a prize from my brother-in-Harley Fabrizio

I've got this from my brother-in-Harley Fabrizio Modelli . I am so happy for this, first of all because he got it first, and then because he also nominated me, along with four fabulous people.
Here is my turn now. I cannot give the prize to Fabrizio anymore :), although I'd like too, but you see below "and my winers are..."

Il premio Graficamania nasce per premiare tutti gli spazi web, siano essi blog, siti o forum, che si distinguono per i loro contenuti grafici e la loro creatività.Il presente premio è un'idea esclusiava del Graficamania Forum ( che ne detiene ogni diritto.

The Graficamania prize was created in order to be awarded to all web spaces, be they blogs or forums, which are special through their graphic content and their creativity. This prize is an exclusive idea of Graficamania Forum ( , which holds all the rights.

1.Esporre il premio
Show the prize.
Premio Graficamania

2. Linkare lo/gli spazi web che vi hanno premiato e il forum Graficamania (

Publish a link to the web space(s) which awarded you with this prize and a link to the Graficamania (

3. Premiare a vostra volta almeno 5 spazi virtuali (siano essi blog, forum o siti) specificando le motivazioni per cui ritenete meritino il premio.

Award the prize yourself to at least 5 web spaces (be it a blog, forum or a site), specifying the reasons for which they deserve this prize.

4. Inserire il regolamento del premio.
Insert the rules of the prize.


And now, my winners are: : for the beautiful colours bringing me back a little bit of the flavour of my childhood. : this lady has the same name with me, and she's my inspiration! a truly devoted mother, wife, daughter and photographer! : for the wonderful views she brings on her page! : for being so young and enthusiastic! : for showing us how wonderful is life!

And there will also be Ratze, but the mere wannabe cannot award the master. And Sandy, but there is no prize big enough for keeping the faith... And please consider also all my blogroll list, too! So everybody who want to accept this prize, feel free, it's a small thanks for bringing to the world beautiful pictures!
Grazie, Fabrizio!