Sunday, January 11, 2015

Romania - Tourist Destinations in B&W

A while ago I was invited to post a black and white picture from Romania, for 5 days in a row.

I accepted the challenge back then. Although the posts were public, they are accessible to people who already have a Google Plus account, so I've decided to post them on my blog. I must say that I am not a B&W fan, I like vivid colors of nature, unenhanced by software, taken on as is basis: I like what I see, I shot, I save on my computer, and, eventually I publish it...

Day 1: Peles Castle, Sinaia, Prahova county

The day 1 photo presented, was shot back in February 2008, at Peles Castle, Prahova county.

This is the official page of Peles Castle:

If you are interested or curious about other pictures taken at Peles, you might like to take a look at my photo albums:
Peles and Pelisor Castles and
Peles - Interiors.

Day 2: Water/Arts' Castle, Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti county

I took this pic earlier this year, 2014. 2014 is its centennial anniversary.

There's no official website, but, after its rehabilitation, there are some facilities worth mentioned (everything reduced to the space of a level of this building):
- museum,
- literary cafe,
- exhibition areas,
- panorama point.

Back on the 10th of May, 2014, was the opening of Drobeta Turnu Severin Photographers' Council Photo exhibition at the Art's Castle (Water Tower) at 16:00, among them my daughter, Iulia Midus. Here's a link towards my blog post with their exhibition.

Also at Arts' Castle, back in July, a friend of mine, Paula Aldescu, launched her second book, Un Vis de O Zi (A One Day Dream), when her relatives, her uncle and his sons, Bogdan, Tudor and Gheorghe Mosorescu, had a family painting exhibition opening.

If you want to enjoy the panorama offered by this tower, you might either climb the winding stairs, or simply use the elevator. You might have a clue of how my city looks like from the top of this tower, simply by visiting my photo album called Drobeta Turnu Severin, or clicking this link.

Day 3: Reflections First, Dubova, Mehedinti county

This is the B&W version of the original shown in one of my blog posts, From Drobeta Turnu Severin to Dubova. Just read the post which is an enhanced version of my review on!

Day 4: Hercules Statue, Baile Herculane, Caras Severin county
Legend has it that the weary Hercules stopped in the valley to bathe and rest. During the 165 years of Roman domination of Dacia, the Herculaneum Spa was known all over the Empire. Unearthed stone carvings show that visiting Roman aristocrats turned the town into a Roman leisure center. Six statues of Hercules from the time have been discovered. A bronze replica of one of them, molded in 1874, stands as a landmark in the town center.

There's nothing about it on any of my blogs, so this could be a starting point for a post on this topic! Instead, I have a photo album called Baile Herculane, and here's the link to it.

Day 5: Bran Castle (XIII-th century), Brasov county

With my brief comment that this was NOT Dracula's Castle, I invite you to discover it through its own website.

The photo is almost hypnotic…Gives me goose bumps…Murders, poison, betrayal…
- original comment by Lucie P. on Google Plus

Here's my Bran Castle photo album (including the original of the one depicted in this post).

Photos Hors Concours

Beside the above selection there were some three photos I wanted to present. They are among Top 10 (not completed yet), but not in Top 5. I've decided to list them below.

For any questions or detail (if I will be able to provide), please let me your comment below!

Hunyad's Castle, Hunedoara county

Densus Church, Hunedoara county

Fire Walk With Me - Medieval Festival in Drobeta Turnu Severin, Mehedinti county