2014 Eastern meets Western Easter Celebration

Every few years, “Western” (Catholic and Protestant) Easter and “Eastern” Orthodox Easter coincide, this year we’ll both celebrate on April 20th., 2014.

With mom’s departure back to Romania I will at least feel some continuous closeness through this Easter celebration knowing we are both celebrating at the same time even though we are thousand of miles apart.

‘The Easter is the most important celebration of the Romanian people and it is preceded by numerous preparations and rituals.

It’s a must for the people to have a clean house and have all the ritual foods ready. This is why the cleaning starts on Great Thursday. Men, who are usually working in the field or at the forest, will remain home starting with this day and will take out the thrash, fix the fence, cut wood, bring water, butcher the lambs.’ Source http://www.roconsulboston.com/Pages/InfoPages/Culture/EasterTraditions.html

Wow, I will have to get my husband to get right on it!!!

‘Women are the ones that paint and decorate the eggs, do the laundry and generally clean the house.

Because it’s a good thing to have a new piece of clothing on the Easter, girls and young wives start to sew shirts for them and also for their parents, brothers, husbands or children, with about two weeks in advance.’

Well, I am on my way home from a Real Estate meeting here in the Galleria area Houston Tx, as soon as I get home I will get right on it myself!!!


The Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe

Through a very dear friend, I ran across this website today, Europa Noastra
and was mesmerized by the beauty, by the culture and by the vision and mission statement of this organization …                                I am in! Are you?
All this info below is from their website http://www.europanostra.org/who-we-are/
  • EUROPA NOSTRA represents a rapidly growing citizens’ movement for the safeguarding of Europe’s cultural and natural heritage. Our pan-European network is composed of 250 member organisations (heritage associations and foundations with a combined membership of more than 5 million people), 150 associated organisations (governmental bodies, local authorities and corporations) and also 1500 individual members who directly support our mission.                                          Together,

    we form an important lobby for cultural heritage in Europe;

    we celebrate excellence through the European Heritage Awards organised by Europa Nostra in partnership with the European Union; and we campaign to save Europe’s endangered historic monuments, sites and cultural landscapes.

  • We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. 
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We are the Voice of Cultural Heritage in Europe. (Source http://www.europanostra.org/who-we-are/)

Discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery, Plantersville Texas


   Song By TheCantemir

Spring is in the Air … and this beautiful February 2014 afternoon we had a nice family day trip to Plantersville Texas, discovering Texas Wine at Bernhardt Winery.

We’ll definitely be back for more wine tasting … if you enjoy wine pairing, you might want to read my blog post about how to

    “Spice up your Roasted Pork Tenderloin with LAVENDER SEASONING RUB and learn about wine along the way…”


We love Romania

I came across two cool things on the web today…

One, is this video , called ‘we are HAPPY in BUCHAREST Romania’,, that is just so upbeat and makes me want to jump and dance…

Two, is this cool Travel Site that offers tours in many beautiful places, including Romania which is a must see…http://www.perfect-tour.com

Also, while there make sure you stay at The Country Hotel near Brasov in Transylvania, Romania.

Ciocanesti village in Bucovina has been elected „Romania’s cultural village – 2014”

I just read this on Fivestar Hospitality:
“The Association– the most beautiful villages from Romania, AFSR, announced recently that Ciocanesti village from Suceava county located in the historical destination of Bucovina, has been selected as the winner of the first edition of the competition „ Romania’s cultural village – 2014”. During 2014 there will be a series of events and festivals that will promote this village both on a national and international level.

The nominations for the final round of the competition were: Cumpana from Constanta county, Izvoarele from Prahova county, Bezdead from Dambovita county, Poiana Stampei from Suceava and the mentioned winner Ciocanesti from Suceava county.
Sursa: InfoTravelRomania [13.02.2014], Mediafax [13.02.2014]”

Also, I read on Fivestar Hospitality that:

In 2008 Fivestar Hospitality has started collaboration with HORWATH HTL South-East Europe, becoming soon the strategic partner for Romania and Moldova. In Horwath HTL organization, the Zagreb office is responsible for the hotel tourism & leisure consulting markets of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Albania, FYR Macedonia and Bulgaria. This partnership extends the responsibility area of this office over Romania and Moldova.

More about Romania and Bucovina…and travel packages by Axa Traveland Uncover Romania


Romania–United States relations

The Discovery Bug, by Lacrima

What I set out to do for myself this year, is learn more about Romania and the relations to United States… I found this info today on Wikipedia …

Romania – United States relations are bilateral relations between Romania and the United States. U.S.-Romanian diplomatic relations were formally established in 1880, with the appointment of Eugene Schuyler, a renowned and talented diplomat and historian, as the first American diplomatic representative to Romania. One hundred and twenty-five years after Schuyler first took up residence in Bucharest, the U.S.-Romanian bilateral relationship has matured into a strategic partnership that encompasses a wide range of political, military, economic and cultural ties. Particularly after Romania embraced democracy in the 1990s, U.S.-Romania relations broadened and deepened, leading to U.S. support for Romania’s entry into NATO and setting the stage for its full integration into Europe. Today, Romania is a strong ally of the United States, and the two countries work together to build democracy, fight terrorism and promote regional security and stability.

Romania–United States relations

Romania–United States relations




Romania will conduct advertising campaigns worth EUR 25 m. in 2014 and 2015

I am doing what I can with our ‘Discovery Bug’ to bring awareness to Romania and what it offers as an international tourism destination …and I was pleased to read this article today in http://www.fivestar-hospitality.ro/en/romania-will-conduct-advertising-campaigns-worth-eur-25-m–in-2014-and-2015-32250
This is the part of the article that talks about Romania:
“Razvan Filipescu, the president of the National Tourism Authority, declared that during 2014 and 2015, the campaign promoting Romania as an international tourism destination will include outdoor, tv and written media worth EUR 25 m.
NTA organizes currently tenders worth EUR 18-19 m. for promoting Romanian tourism on tv stations and selected written media in the US, Germany, France, UK, Italy and Romania.”
Don’t forget to check our family B&B while you are traveling Transylvania/Romania 
See also Reviews from Tripadvisor.com Review of The Country Hotel
A family owned and operated Boutique Hotel near Brasov

The Country Hotel is our family owned and operated Boutique Hotel near Brașov, offering tourists accommodations, customized weekend packages and event planning as well as lifestyle courses. www.TheCountryHotel.info