15 beautiful pictures from Romania

The Romanian landscape is approximately one-third mountainous and one-third forested, with the remainder made up of hills and plains. The climate is temperate and marked by four distinct seasons. Romania enjoys a considerable wealth of natural resources: fertile land for agriculture; pastures for livestock; forests that provide hard and soft woods; petroleum reserves; metals, including gold and silver in the Apuseni Mountains; numerous rivers that supply hydroelectricity; and a Black Sea coastline that is the site of both ports and resorts.

The Romanian people derive much of their ethnic and cultural character from Roman influence, but this ancient identity has been reshaped continuously by Romania’s position astride major continental migration routes. Romanians regard themselves as the descendants of the ancient Romans who conquered southern Transylvania under the emperor Trajan in 105 CE and of the Dacians who lived in the mountains north of the Danubian Plain and in the Transylvanian Basin. By the time of the Roman withdrawal under the emperor Aurelian in 271, the Roman settlers and the Dacians had intermarried, resulting in a new nation. Both the Latin roots of the Romanian language and the Eastern Orthodox faith to which most Romanians adhere emerged from the mixture of these two cultures.

25+ Mind-Blowing Hyperrealistic Paintings

Inspired by photorealism, hyperrealism is a contemporary school of painting that evokes the illusion of photography. With advancements in cameras, lenses, and digital equipment, artists have been able to be far more precision-oriented in their practice, culminating in an entirely new genre of contemporary art that makes you do a double take.

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Most wonderful places to visit in Edinburgh, Scotland

20170101_162210If you are ever planning to visit the capital of Scotland, why not go to Edinburgh?

It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers.

Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.

My heart will always be in Scotland

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Quotes on Fate/Future along with wonderful pictures of wonderful places

landscape49.jpg“Heal the past; live the present; dream the future.”

“We are not permitted to choose the frame of our destiny. But what we put into it is ours.”
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“Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.”
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“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
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A few more pics from Tobago and advice to travellers

Well, I have finally returned to rainy England and I must say I loved Tobago! It’s sunny, it’s cheap (if you know how to avoid the sharks) and the people are friendly as hell! Maybe a bit too friendly for my cold soul.

I went through the town initially with a taxi and then risked and went walking. There are no side-roads and if they are, they are rare and in-between. If you want to tour the island, you need to go with a car / motorbike. The roads are windy, up and down hillsides, past houses you can barely make out. It’s so much like Romania, sometimes I had to double-check my surroundings to make sure I was not back home.

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