Bettel, not so funny!

Maybe Xavier Bettel (Prime Minister of Luxembourg for those who – like me πŸ™‚ – I must confess my ignorance – didn’t know who Bettel is) though he was funny, but he wasn’t… At least people in the crowd were sincere, they were happy to take a picture with the… ups, I almost said it, so: with the President of France (for those who doesn’t care: Emmanuel Macron).

But I must say, I am soooooo happy politicians amuse themselves while people are being fooled every single day (for example, with a hundred or two of something)…



Volume 3 finally!

Romanian Castles and Fortresses III. Photography – volume 3 of the series “Castles and Fortresses” is on! Online πŸ™‚ paperback and ebook!!!


Enjoy photo:

Cantacuzino Castle (Busteni); Brasov Citadel (Kronstadt); Prejmer Fortified Church (UNESCO World Heritage Site); Sighisoara (Schassburg); Targu Mures; Kemeny Castle (Brancovenesti); Sibiu (Hermannstadt); Brukenthal Palace (Avrig).

Castles, Citadels and Fortresses in Transylvania



Photography of several beautiful ‘Castles, Citadels and Fortresses in Transylvania’: Dracula’s Castle (Bran), Rasnov, Prejmer, Brasov, Rupea, Saschiz, Sighisoara, Targu Mures, Teleki (Gornesti), Kemeny (Brancovenesti), Fagaras, Brukenthal (Avrig), Sibiu, Corvin (Hunedoara), Deva, Alba Iulia.


Lolele in Agnita

In the center of Romania, in the little town Agnita, Sibiu county, it was resuscitated an old tradition of Sasi (Transylvanian Saxons; in German: Siebenburger Sachsen), documented since 1689. It was intermittently practiced and threatened with total disappearance after the movement of the Saxons in Germany in the last years of the communist regime and after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. It is named in German β€œUrzelnlauf” and in Romanian β€œFuga Lolelor” (= run of Lole), or as it is called on short: Lole. The tradition was forbidden last time in 1941, then resumed and practiced between 1969 until 1990, when it was stopped again – and this time it seemed permanently. Luckily in 2006 Lolele were exemplary recommence in Agnita, this time by a group of Romanians, who understood the cultural and social importance of this event, beyond any kind of β€œethnical” boundaries.

When I was a child I was quite squared of these personages, Lole. Now, it is a festival so dear to me! Lolele run through the city to ward off bad spirits out of the town.
Enjoy some pictures:

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