WINTER LANDSCAPE

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Cam asa se vede iarna de la fereasta mea. Magic … pana cand iesi afara, la serviciu, la cumparaturi sau la plimbare si devii alpinist de ocazie pe muntii abandonati pe trotuare de utilajele de deszapezire. Valul de frig extrem contribuie si el din plin la accentuarea acestei senzatii. Pana maine, cand incep o noua “expeditie”, prefer sa ma bucur de imagine. This is how winter looks from my window. Magical … until you have to go outside to work, shopping or for a simple walk. Then, you become an occasional climber on the snow mountains dumped by the snowplows on the sidewalk. The extreme cold wave is also contributing to this feeling. Until tomorrow when I start a new “expedition”, I choose to enjoy this picture.
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VIENNA, TAKE TWO

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Atractia principala din Viena, palatul Schonbrunn, a fost prima destinatie de pe lista noastra. Chiar daca vara gradinile transforma aceasta locatie intru-un paradis, privelistea este spectaculoasa si pe timp de iarna. Faimosul galben de Schonbrunn iti da impresia ca un soare cald de vara isi revarsa razele pe fatada caldirii. Tot aici puteti vizita cea mai veche gradina zoologica din lume. Nu am avut timp sa vizitam toate muzeele, asa ca am facut o selectie: Albertina si muzeul Leopold nu ne-au dezamagit. Daca vreti sa shimbati registrul, sa treceti si pe la Muzeul de istorie naturala. Alte optiuni sunt: resedinta lui Mozart, celebra cladire a primariei sau parlamentul. Sa nu ratati nici Catedrala Sfantul Stefan, e usor de gasit si locatia e accesibila, chiar in centrul orasului. Cam asa ar trebui sa arate un tur rapid, din punctul meu de vedere. Vienna‘s main attraction, the Schonbrunn Palace was the first destination on our list. In the summer, the gardens transform the surroundings in a paradise, but the view was spectacular even during the winter. The famous “Schonbrunn yellow” made it seem like there’s no winter at all, just a warm spring. Also, here at Schonbrunn, you can visit the world‘s oldest public zoo.We never got to visit all the museums.  We had time to see Albertina, – the museum of classical graphic arts, and what a good choice that was! We remained captured by the arts and proceeded to Leopold Museum, for a round of modern art. For a change of theme, do not miss the Museum of natural history. It’’s worth visiting! We also toured Mozart’’s residence, took a walk by the Rathaus (city hall), and walked by the Austrian Parliament Building. While in Vienna, don’’t miss St. Stephen’s Cathedral, the gothic church that can be found in the center of the town. That concluded out fast – tour of the city. 

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IARNA PE ULITA / WINTER ON THE BYSTREET

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Asa arata peisajul de iarna in Bucuresti dupa o noapte intreaga in care zapada a cazut fara incetare. Aproape ca am trecut pe modul copil si m-am bucurat ca atunci cand eram mica si luam sania la o tura prin parc. Apoi m-a lovit realitatea in fata … Suntem in Bucuresti si zapada asta nu pleaca nicaieri pana cand nu se intoarce soarele din vacanta. Doamne fereste sa dispara prin alte cai decat cele naturale. This was the view from my window after the snow storm that lasted all night long. I almost switched on to “kid mode” after looking at the winter wonderland outside and I remembered the sleigh rides from my childhood. Then, reality struck: This is Bucharest and the snow is not leaving anywhere … not before the Sun returns from his holiday. God forbid if the snow disappeared by other ways than the natural ones.

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ATMOSFERA DE IARNA / WINTER MOOD

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Nu e nimic mai plăcut decât sa te relaxezi la căldura, în timp ce afara cad fulgii de zăpada. Voi cum va petreceți ultimele zile din 2014? There’s nothing more pleasant than relaxing at home, where’s warm, while outside it’s snowing. How are you spending the last days of 2014?

 

PRIMA ZAPADA / FIRST SNOWFALL

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Iarna ne-a luat prin surprindere de data asta. Au cazut deja primii fulgi de zapada Bucuresti. Poate si ghinioanele de anul asta o sa inghete odata cu venirea gerului… 🙂 The winter took us by surprise. The first snowflakes fell in Bucharest. Maybe the bad luck will also freeze now that the cold weather is here… 🙂