22 décembre 2016

Ernest Urdareanu - The tale of an arrivist

I tumbled into R.G. Waldeck's Athene Palace yesterday and boy, is it a trove of history, first-hand gossip and addictive scandal in fabulous detail. I was no stranger to King Carol II's disastrous ruling nor the shameless disgrace of Elena Lupescu, but the career of unscrupulous leach Ernest Urdareanu (1897-1985), the true meteoric ascendance of an eminence grise, came as a staggering revelation. Pour yourself a nice festive drink, then sit back for a story that will whisk you back to late 1930s Bucharest - another world,... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 23:47 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]

05 décembre 2016

Happy Feast of St Nicholas!

For 16 centuries, tradition has it that Saint Nicholas crosses the globe tonight, leaving presents for all those who have done good deeds throughout the year. Children (young and old, big and small!) polish their boots on the evening of December 5th, so that he will stop by and drop his gifts inside them. Over 811,000 Romanians mark their name day on December 6th. Saint Nicholas (Greek: Άγιος Νικόλαος , Agios ["saint"] Nikolaos ["victory of the people"]) (270 - 6 December 346) is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a saint and... [Lire la suite]
Posté par Sarah in Romania à 21:05 - Commentaires [0] - Permalien [#]