29 January 2016

Cantacuzino Castle

Guernica, Picasso

On our way back home from the mountains we stopped at Cantacuzino Castle. Right now the castle houses a Picasso art exhibition and I really didn't want to miss this wonderful combination. I was a little bit worried about how the kids would take it, the art exhibition I mean. Silly me, I feel guilty and blessed at the same time whenever the boys show me I should never doubt them again.

The story goes like this: we were walking though the beautiful garden towards the entrance of the castle. I was holding Tudor's hand in my hand, because there was a lot of snow and the stairs were slippery. In front of us there was this huge copy of the famous painting above covering one of the castle's walls. Tudor looked at it and said: "Mom, I like this  drawing a lot". I only told them we were going to visit a castle and never mentioned about the art inside so I was really happy to be given the opportunity to build up his enthusiasm by saying we were going to see a lot more beautiful drawings inside. 

Cristian and Tudor were both quite receptive of the beauty surrounding us and they took a lot of pictures. The first part, the castle, is through my eyes, but the Picasso part is totally through Cristian's eyes. He really enjoyed it and was very perceptive of the meaning of all things on display. He got everything right despite Picasso's talent for abstraction.

















This last butterfly was Cristian's favorite whereas I found the bullfight series very powerful. I really hope they will keep their creativity alive while growing up and they will also keep their eyes open for the beauty around us.

A castle a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. my favorite art exhibition last year

25 January 2016

Weekend with a view



This past weekend was complicated. There are some things I would love to complain about but what for? I stay the course and share the best part, the one that we will remember years from now. Just like Cristian remembers our little adventure with the rope-way 2 years ago. This time, same place we found enough untouched snow right around the corner.






This is the snowy version of  "Tareee" with both Cristian and Tudor rolling down in snow







I am the last person to take a selfie, but since it was just the 3 of us and I was so happy around the boys, I really needed the proof I was there. For me and for eternity:






In the end both Cristian and Tudor ended up covered in snow and I ended up covered in smiles. Just the way I like it. 

A snow a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. weekend preview with Winnie and our visit to Cantacuzino Castle is next

24 January 2016

Tiger in the snow



Remember not so long ago when Tudor took a minion for a walk? This weekend he took Winnie out for some fun in the snow. We all know, Tudor included, that Tiger is a tiger, and not Winnie but Tudor insisted we call him Winnie. And so we do. Anyways, here is a short preview for our weekend in the mountains:



A snow a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. part 1 and 2 will follow in the next episodes of Joy

13 January 2016

Now and then - on top of the hill



This place, right behind the house in Curtea de Arges has become my favorite place. It takes 3 minutes to get on top and right there, I feel I am on top of the world. I leave my worries behind and just enjoy the kids running around. We went there 3 weeks apart in December. First time it still looked like spring, but after Christmas, the little snow we had was enough for the kids to play with. And for Cristian to eat, eventually. He seemed quite fascinated with eating snow for the first time. I thought it was something interesting to do as well, but not really appropriate, so I put on the mummy act and stopped him at some point. But really, it was fun, all of it.





















A walk a day keeps the doctor away!

P.S. another little adventure at Corbii de Piatra and summer at Samizegetusa Regia