The Chocolates Of Life

Forrest Gump: My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." These are the chocolates of our lives.

The Chocolates of Life Travel Map

Since we’ve already written about so many places we’ve seen, we thought it would be a good idea to put them all on a Google Map.

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[Books] The Cairo Trilogy – Naguib Mahfouz

I don’t remember exactly how I got my hands on this trilogy, but I think it’s one of those kind of books you read and then you get a more clear view of the world.

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[Romania] Cincșor Fortified Church

Cincșor is a village in the Brașov county, where the Hârtibaciu and the Transylvania plateaus meet. The village has had over the centuries many names, both in Romanian and German (Cincu Mic, Șincșor, Șinchișor or Kleinschenk) all meaning approximately the same = the small inn.

Writings about the existence of the village first appear in a Pope document in the year 1377. But it seems that the area had been inhabited before this time, as archeologist had found a Roman Castro here.

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Astra Film Festival 2017

Astra Film Festival is a major event in the European film community and Romania’s leading documentary festival. The Festival is located in the Transylvanian city of Sibiu, and it is unique in South-Eastern Europe.  Continue reading “Astra Film Festival 2017”

[Romania] Another weekend in the Saxon villages

Considering that the first trip we did somewhere in April was such a nice experience, we decided to do it again and check out some more of the beautiful Saxon villages in the Sibiu County (and a bit of the Brașov County).

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[Music] Sory Bamba Du Mali – Sory Bamba Du Mali

In 1979 Sorry produced his third LP for the Paris based Sonafric group. Long out of print Africa Seven is re-issuing the LP with the authorization of the newly reformed Sonafric group.

The re-issue benefits from extensive restoration and re-mastering to a spectral analysis level, bringing and polishing long lost and distorted sounds.

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[Romania] Stufărișurile (reed bed) from Sic

Very close to Cluj-Napoca, in the Fizeş Basin, there is magical place some people call the Transylvanian Delta. The nature reserve from Sic comprises reed beds, salty steppe grasslands, meadows and woodlands, forming a mosaic of ecosystems that support a particular biodiversity.

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[Romania] My Transylvania brunch, the perfect Saturday activity

For the last year, going to a brunch on Saturday has become an usual activity when we’re not traveling anywhere else and we decide to spend the weekend in Sibiu. Good food, beautiful locations and very nice hosts – such a good combination for spending a few hours outside the house.

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[Romania] Hiking in the Siloșului and Plaiului Gorges

As we’re so in love with mountains and hiking, our 1st of May trip couldn’t have ended without exploring some mountains in the area, so we dedicated our last day of the trip to hiking in the Siloșului and Plaiului Gorges.

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[Romania] Riding the Mocăniță on the Hârtibaciu Valley

The Mocăniță from Sibiu to Agnita is a narrow gauge railway running through the the southern hills of Transylvania and fortified churches, on the Hârtibaciu Valley. The railway, owned by a state company, was abandoned in 2001 and in danger of dismantled, but was saved by a volunteer association and now they are trying to gradually restore it for touristic purposes.

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