Growing up in communist Romania had its own advantages. I could tell you all kinds of dreadful stories about those times and they would all be true, but not everything was bad. Yes, there were five of us living in a one bedroom apartment (sometimes even more when relatives came to visit); the lines to the grocery, Read More

The world is filled with so many spectacular places that one lifetime would not be enough to visit all of them. Most of us will probably never be able to visit everything that this world has to offer, but it’s worth trying. If we can brag about seeing the most famous sites, we should consider ourselves more fortunate than 75% of, Read More

Since beauty is so subjective, what makes a city attractive? Is it architecture, landmarks, cultural life? If you traveled long enough you probably discovered that the world is full of boring, colorless and uninspiring cities. And yet there are so many captivating ones that will steal your heart and lure you back on and on. For world travelers it’s easy to recognize a spectacular city. They, Read More

So here we are again, ready to celebrate a new year. I can’t believe 2017 is just around the corner. How did time fly so fast? As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time to pause and reflect on it. But before I plunge into that I want to thank everyone of you –my readers– for your support in 2016. Travel, Read More

The Bacara Resort & Spa in Goleta, California, has all the essentials of a luxury seaside resort — tennis courts, a full-service spa, several infinity pools, fine dining venues and, of course, dramatic Pacific Ocean views. There is even a 1,000-acre ranch that borders the Los Padres National Forest where guests can take scenic hikes, Read More

Over a year ago when I wrote an article about the customs, practices and cultural values of the Romanians, some of you asked me about my first impressions as an immigrant to America. It has been now almost 30 years since I first set foot on this vast and diverse continent. It may be a little late for first impressions, Read More

The month of January has always been a bit sad for me and that’s because I fiercely love the Holidays. I love the twinkling lights that garnish the buildings all over the city, the aroma of freshly baked apple pie, the jingle bells’ sound in front of the department stores, the Christmas carols that are being played, Read More

No, this post is not about Ernest Hemingway or about his hero, Robert Jordan, the young American soldier in the International Brigades. Nor does it have anything to do with the Spanish Civil War. It is however a lesson in history. I don’t like to use book or movie titles for my blog posts, but this time I couldn’t resist, Read More

Sometimes it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, rather than what we do have. But if we take time out and reflect, we’ll discover there are way more things to be thankful for then there are misfortunes in our lives. We are thankful for many things during this season of reflection, but some of the, Read More