Archive for the ‘EUROPE’ Category

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden

Autumn Flowers Exhibition, Anastasie Fătu Botanical Garden
Text & photos Copyright © Estrella Azul THE ANASTASIE FĂTU BOTANICAL GARDEN in Iași, Romania, founded in 1856, has a rich history. And it is one of the establishing members of the Botanic Gardens of Romania Association. These are some of the reasons I wanted to visit it during a recent trip to Iași....
November 17th, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, SHOWS/FESTIVALS/HOLIDAYS, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens

A Glance at Three of Hampton Court Palace’s World-Famous Gardens
Text & photos © Estrella Azul I LIVE AND WORK IN Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The second time I traveled to Kingston Upon Thames for work, I got the chance for a longer stay. One of my colleagues said Hampton Court Palace is a must-see and offered to drop me off there after work one afternoon. A different...
September 15th, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, MIND&HEART, STAFF, EUROPE, GARDENS & PARKS, THE UK | Read More

Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj

Funky Signs: Mythbusting at TEDxCluj
Text & photos © Estrella Azul In February 2016, there was a TEDxCluj event organized at the Florin Piersic cinema in downtown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The theme was myth-busting. A sign stuck on the washroom door urged people to lock it after going inside. Or they’ll be like a myth—busted! The...
August 25th, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, EUROPE, FUNKY SIGNS | Read More

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail

There Once Was a Woman in Limerick . . . on a fairy trail
Text & photos © Catherine Nichols “Life is full of surprises and serendipity. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns.” ~Condoleeza Rice On a recent trip to the UK, the tour guide...
August 11th, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, STAFF, EUROPE, QUIRKY PLACES, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania

Running through the Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, Cluj Napoca, Romania
Text & photos © Estrella Azul The Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, opened in 1929 as an outdoor museum, is beautiful. I recall going there on a class trip somewhere around 3rd grade. As opposed to many of my classmates, I didn’t have grandparents or other relatives living on farms in the Romanian...
July 28th, 2017 | FEATURED ARTICLES, ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Forests, Historic/Museums, WALKING/HIKING | Read More

The Looong Way to Zichy Cave

The Looong Way to Zichy Cave
Text & photos © Estrella Azul For this year, my plan is to go on as many road trips as possible. The first one this spring was to visit a few dripstone caves around Șuncuiuș village, about an hour’s drive from my city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. My boyfriend and I had never been to the Șuncuiuș...
May 5th, 2017 | STAFF, EUROPE, TRAVEL BUMMERS | Read More

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava

What to see on a day-trip to Bratislava
Text & photos © Estrella Azul DURING SUMMER VACATION my boyfriend and I stayed in Budapest, Hungary, for a week. While looking for cities to visit nearby we realized Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, was only a two-hour drive away. We took the M1 motorway early in the morning and, without any...
April 7th, 2017 | ACTIVITIES, STAFF, EUROPE, Historic/Museums, ROAD TRIPS | Read More