Country Life: A Month in Bucharest Life

It’s been a nomadic month. Our brush with Greek Life was followed by a week in the increasingly nasty police state that is Turkey, where Brother-in-law of Bucharest Life – a major in the Romanian army – is currently serving (and enjoying a rather luxurious existence courtesy of Nato). Then to England, where, amongst other… Continue reading Country Life: A Month in Bucharest Life

For the very last time*: Prince Charles & Romania

A new biography of our old friend Prince Charles was published last week, titled Charles: The Heart of a King. The work of Time journalist Catherine Mayer, the book is not an official biography (indeed, given that it is not chronological it is not really a conventional biography at all – and all the better… Continue reading For the very last time*: Prince Charles & Romania

The day Eva Longoria came to Petresti

There we were, relaxing with a visinata in our in-laws’ back garden when the peace was rather abruptly – and rudely – disturbed by the noise of several hundred motorbike engines. Assuming that the Hungarian army had decided to retake these parts and was invading with a fleet of motorcycles we rushed to see if… Continue reading The day Eva Longoria came to Petresti

The wonderful things you find in Romanian village shops

Modern parents might want to look away now. We were at the local village shop earlier today (we are currently enjoying our annual trip to our in-laws’ village – Petresti, Satu Mare) when we spotted these beauties on the counter: What exactly are they? Pieces of bubble gum shaped like cigarettes, complete with a healt… Continue reading The wonderful things you find in Romanian village shops

Transylvania Hay Country

A must read in this month’s National Geographic magazine. It’s that rarest of birds: a well written, objective look at the Romanian countryside. The author, Adam Nicolson, portrays life in the countryside as it is: yes, life can often be idyllic, but to create and preserve that idyll requires incredibly hard work. He never over-romanticises… Continue reading Transylvania Hay Country