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Monday, 25 May 2015

A Typical Breakfast In Krakow - Bufet Kuckcik

Good morning dear hearts!

Did you know that the average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend? A worrying quarter (25%) of people are skipping breakfast once or more during the week, with more than one in ten (13%) never eating it. Of women who skip breakfast, 29 per cent miss it because they are too busy getting ready; 14 per cent of female breakfast skippers say they don’t eat in the morning because they are trying to lose or watch their weight.Women are more likely to prioritise their hair and choosing clothes for the day than eating breakfast. (source)
The average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend - See more at: http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/content/fun-breakfast-facts#sthash.C7NsRmsh.dpuf
The average person sits down to breakfast at 7.31am during the week and 8.28 am at the weekend - See more at: http://www.shakeupyourwakeup.com/content/fun-breakfast-facts#sthash.C7NsRmsh.dpuf
I have always enjoyed breakfast, ever since I was a wee lass... When my Mum and Granny introduced eggs in our diet they knew for sure that at least one day a week I would not be crying about what I eat. I have always loved the taste of eggs, be it raw - boiled - fried. My early childhood memories at the breakfast table (or breakfast in bed) are related to fried eggs (always 2 of them!) or scrambled eggs (my sister loved them dry as they could get and I loved them all mushy... if possible with fresh onion green leaves).
In time I learned how to make them myself, even thought still now I am afraid of burning things in the kitchen... My Granny is a master when it comes to cooking and baking and my sister is following her footsteps but I have only a few recipes that I manage to do without fail - mostly involving eggs... I can cook for you eggs for a whole week, each day doing something different! but that would not be very healthy for ones liver...
One day, when I was in the city and I did not have breakfast in the morning and did not eat/drink a thing, I wondered into the Maly Rynek (Small Square). In Stare Miasto (Old Town), on the Sienna 7 street, there is a place you might pass by easily - Bufet Kuckcik. This place has no Internet Page, no Facebook Page, nothing that would set it apart from the other places that surround it. Bufet Kuckcik is not a pub, but rather a mini-resturant for the hungry travellers. Why I say hungry travellers? Why, as far as I could see, they took into consideration the foreign people living in Krakow & tourists alike. The signs and menu's are in Polish - English ;) and I consider that as a big plus!
The place is quite decent and the music comes from the radio, so it is not very fancy. The tables and chairs are wooden made and covered all in white-blue table cloth. Each table has alreayd setup on it salt & pepper & sugar, napkins and serving tools (spoons, forks, knives). The inside has a very rustic feeling about it and you feel very welcomed there. There is also place outside, under the big umbrellas, to sit and look at the bystanders or at the ocasional fairs in the Small Square. The ladies serving are nice and prompt in serving you. The menu is in Polish & English so you can tell what you are ordering and they kept it quite short - I always love short menu's that show that the chef of the place actually knows how to do the dish properly.
I had the scrambled eggs with bacon - price in May 2015 was 15 zloty + another 5 zloty for the hot tea. The scrambled eggs were served with bread and butter and the hot tea with lemon. The eggs were warm and fresh and delicious and the butter with the fresh bread worked like a charm. I like to have my bread and butter with a little salt :) Bufet Kuckcik is open from Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00 and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 19:00. If you are just in a mood for a beer & a lemonade you can do that as well - 8 zloty per 0.5 l beer ;) 

** This post was made out of love for scrambled eggs. I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) 
 
Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Always Loved Scrambled Eggs
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Friday, 22 May 2015

Romania - Suceava County: Pietrele Doamnei - Rarau

Dearest hearts,


“What are men to rocks and mountains?” said Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice. I could agree and disagree at the same time with this quote, as I prefer to see men as mountains as well, when they wish to be strong. A day or two ago I was sharing with you our small mountain-break in Romania, when my adorable Polish husband learned more about the region/country I was raised in. Today I will share with you a few informations about a lovely place to visit in Romania: Pietrele Doamnei on the Rarau Mountain :)
The Reservation Pietrele Doamnei (in German Frauenstein, in English The Ladies Stones) is a region protected nationaly and it is located in the Suceava County - on the territory of the city Câmpulung Moldovenesc (the longest city in Romania). The total area amounts on over 250 ha and is located on the Northern part of the Rarau Mountains - part of the Eastern Carpathiants - at an altitude of 1400 metres.
The Reservation was declared protected area through the law from 6th of March 2000 and contains a mountain area of special geological-peisagistic-floristic-faunistic interest. It hosts a huge number of species of plants (the queens flower - also known as edelweiss, the shoe of the maiden, dryas, juniper) and animals (the mountain rooster, the mountain wooodpecker), some of them extremely rare. On the territory of the protected area, there is a formation of rocks - made out of chalk - known under the name Pietrele Doamnei (The Ladies Stones), that gives the name to the reservation.
My Awesome Husband, showing us the way with a mace bought from Cetatea Neamt
For those whom may ask where did the name Pietrele Doamnei came from I will tell you a story, an urban legend. Actually more than one, as there are many connections that are made with these lovely stones :)  The Ladies Stones are connected with Lady Elena - the wife of Petru Rares - and also with the Mountain Rarau (before named Todirescu Mountains), whose name comes from Petru Rares himself.
Why did we not take boots?!
In the hard times of history, during the second reign of Petru Rares - the son of Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) - he found a safe and good place to shelter his family and part of his wealth.  Where could it be located other than in the mountains!? It is said that during the coming of the tatar hordes, Lady Elena and her son Stefanita took cover in a cave and they started praying. Suddenly a loud noise could be heard...
Snow covered mountain path - in April!
The legend continues with by telling that large stones have splintered and fell over the place where Petru Rares placed the treasure, burying alive the attackers. Lady Elena said "This is how we will repay you for saving us" - the wealth that the turks wanted to have remained there and the rocks were named Pietrele Doamnei.
Closer to the truth is the legend about the conquest of the City of Suceva by Suleiman the Magnificent, through the betrayal of the gentleman part of Petru Rares court. In those times, at these rocks in the heart of the Rarau Mountain, the legend says that the Lady of Petru Rares - Elena - took shelter; waiting for Petru to come back from over the mountains, from Transylvania. 
Snow in April :)
Another legend tells about a lightning that split the rock in two! The lightning was sent by the Devil that wanted to break the rock and get to the treasure that a King buried there. There was a very bad king that loved his money very much - similar to Mr. Scrooge - and did not want to leave his wealth to his family, so he choose to bury it under a huge rock. After hundreds of years the Devil wanted to find the treasure and started digging... he was unsuccessful so he got so upset that he brought thunders upon the mountain. That broke the rock but also melted the treasure ;) Silly him!
The view from the very top - Pietrele Doamnei are on the left, as you see the picture
You can get to the area by following the track that starts from the city Campulung Moldovenes, but also from the smaller towns Pojorata, Mestacanis, Slatiora and Chiril. It is located some 77 kilometers from Suceava and about 42 kilometers from Gura Humorului. Here are the exact GPS coordinates: 47.447108, 25.563049.

P.S. Marek is a huge mountain fan and he loves the Romanian mountains and believes them to be more beautiful, natural, wild and untouched than the Polish ones. At that says a lot :) We went there in April, but as you can see on the picture there was still a lot of snow! We were in tennis shoes, blue jeans and jumpers and outside was almost 10 degrees celsius and there was snow still, ankle high! Snow, frozen icicles... yet there were already flowers showing up :) I even saw patches of crocus flowers! If ever you are in the area... DO GO AND SEE THIS MAGICAL PLACE!

** This post was made out of love for the beautiful and tall mountains that Romania has :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :)
Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Loves The (Romanian) Mountains
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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Romania - Neamț County: Cetatea Neamt

My dear friends,

Did you know that Romania and Poland shared borders? We had an international border that spread for 349 kilometers. It was established in 1919 and existed until September 1939, when Poland was taken over by Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. But those are not the only connections between Poland and Romania. Throughout history there are many links that can be found, if one chooses to search for them :)
When we went this year for 2 weeks back home, for the Big Fat Romanian - Polish Wedding Party, we had a day off at the mountains. With great assistance from our friend Alexandru - we bow to your help one more time - Marek got to see a bit more of my homeland. We managed to get to Cetatea Neamt - Neamt Citadel - and see what the Polish King Jan Sobieski did not manage to conquer :)
 Cetatea Neamt is a medieval citadel from Moldavia - Romanian Moldavia, not the country Moldavia. The building is situated at the North - West border or the city Târgu Neamț and has an altitude of 480 meters and the height of 80 meters from the level of the water that flows through the city. The Neamt Citadel is part of the chain of fortifications build in Moldavia at the end of the 14th century, when the attacks from the turks started to appear. The cities/citadels build at that time had very high walls and large ditches surrounding the walls.
2 proud boys :)
The citadel was built at the end of the 14th century by Peter the first, was fortified in the 15th century by Stefan cel Mare, and destroyed in the 18th century (1718) by the order of the ruler Mihai Racovita. The Neamt Citadel was included on the list of historical monuments from the Neamt County in 2004.
Inside view
The Polish Lad Inside The Romanian Citadel
On Top Of The World...
Between the years 1684-1694 there were six Polish military campaigns in Moldova; the city at the foot of the city was set on fire several times. In 1686 Polish army led by the King Jan Sobieski the 3rd invaded Moldova, destroying and looting their way through the country. In their return to their homeland, a group of Polish and Cossack turned to Neamt Fortress, managing to get there by deceit. As several sources attest Cossacks brought here the lady Ruxandra, daughter of Vasile Lupu and the widow of Timuş Hmelniţchi, who was at her estate in Preutesti. The thieves wanted the princess to show them where his father had hidden wealth. Poles they cut off her head with an ax, and layed their hands on 19,000 coins.
Inside The Citadel -Upper Part
In 1691, during the reign of Constantin Cantemir (1685-1693), the Polish army led by King Jan Sobieski the 3rd made a foray into the Principality of Moldavia, besieging on this occasion the Neamt Fortress. The siege of the city is presented by Cazimir Sarnecki in the Journal of the Polish campaign in 1691 in Moldova. According to him, on October 14, 1691 Sobieski's army arrived outside the city walls. Because of the city garrison refused to surrender, the Poles began "to attack it with mortars and small cannon, for they could bring so quickly other tools so high in the mountains." The guards were defending valiantly and "killed some of our men with the hooked arquebuses and with their hand rifles".
Happy Tree Friends & The View
The Moldovan Garrison had six captains in his forehead; in addition watchmen, and residents sought refuge here from Cotnari, Roman and Targu Neamt. As weapons the watchmen had 12 harquebuses rifles and 90 hand guns - ienicereşti. The second day, after greeting the Polish king, they were let free to go as they wish, due to the way they fought and defended their land. Jan Sobieski found that this was a Christian citadel and took no claim, though for a long while a garrison was staged inside the citadel walls.
The Citadel Neamt can be visited by car but you need to leave it at the end of the mountain and walk about one kilometer through the forest - don't worry, the road is paved and the view is just lovely. The Citadel is a sight for sore eyes, if it is your first time seeing it live. I know Marek was very impressed, as in Poland you cannot find such type of citadels/fortresses. As Romanian people, we were very inventive and we used the land around us to defend ourselves - we would build fortresses on mountains, on some peak, and made sure that they could not get to us from either side. We would have high bridges that we could destroy in an instant - in case we would be attacked. Our monasteries had high walls and could sustain themselves internally in case of long sieges. The Citadel Neamt is a good example in this case :)
The view in Spring, with trees is bloom... Magical!
Citadel Neamt welcomes you from above and you immediately have a feeling that this place is larger than life. It feels rather intimidating and as you walk towards the bridge you start imagining the princesses strolling about the place and viewing the world and feeling on top of it :) We spent about one hour and a half around the place and the pay - ticket - per person was only 5 RON (almost 5 zloty) and totally worth it! Take your time and visit every chamber and see every picture. We were there in April so the tower was closed - it is open only during summertime - but everything else was open to see. Do go to the frontal side of the Citadel and enjoy the view from inside... you can see miles away and the mountains shaping out :) It is indeed a sight for sore eyes and all 3 musketeers - Marek, myself and Alex - loved it! We recommend it from the bottom of our hearts! :)

Visiting hours: Monday - Closed
10:00 - 18:00 from April to September & 9:00 - 17:00 from October to March

Prices (as of May 2015): 5 RON for adults and 3 for youngsters + 10 RON for picture taking/video

You can also have a wedding/baptism inside the Citadel ;)  and that would cost you only 500 RON and the people participating don't have to pay the entrance fee.

** This post was made out of love for great medieval castles/citadels - made in Romania :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) For more citadel pictures, with better light, you can go on their Internet Page - unfortunately no English version, just Romanian, but check the Photo area for some air pictures as well ;)
 
Yours truly,
The LadyBug That Loves History & Medieval Castles/Citadels
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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Iasi: The Cake Testing - Winner: Cremish

My dear hearts,

The day came when I felt very much entitled to go all Marie Antoinette and say "Let them eat cake"  - if you never heard of this phrase before, than you must not know of the traditional translation of the French phrase "Qu'ils mangent de la brioche", supposedly spoken by "a great princess" upon learning that the peasants had no bread (hence everyone thinks it was Marie). Since brioche was made from dough enriched with butter and eggs, making it more expensive than bread, the quote reflected the princess's disregard for the peasants.
The Lemon - Choco and Fig - Choco Cake Testing @ Cremish
You may find it odd - Polish people never do it like this... they have no tests on the wedding menu/cake - but in Romania, once you settle the menu for the festivity - be it wedding or christening or banquet - you need to test it. Same goes for the wedding cake! And to tell you the truth, I rather like this custom, as you can get to pick and choose the product that best fits your needs. When it comes to the menu, it will be your last time to make sure everything is to your taste and you will figure out if the food is as good as it sounded when you were reading the menu from the pdf file the Restaurant gave you ;)
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The day came upon me like a thunder and all I could taste felt as if it were made out of sugar... We had arrived in Iasi on Saturday evening - for our 2 weeks wedding party vacation time - and managed to book Monday for the menu testing at Complex Popas Pacurari. Popas Pacurari works with 3 companies that provide the perfect cake for your perfect moment but we wanted to try out only 2 of them: Charlotte and Cremish. I knew Charlotte ever since I was living in Iasi and I knew it had good quality products, hence when I was asked by Popas Pacurari which option of cake maker I would like to choose I said: Charlotte! without a doubt. I have to thank Popas Pacurari though for changing my mind at the last moment. Due to that we had the wedding cake of my dreams :)
Macaroons @ Cremish
Popas Pacurari helped us book time - the very next day! - for both sweets shops and that is how the Crazy Sweets Marathon began :) Sweet Tuesday started with the first testing at Cremish at 10 AM. Rise and shine and welcome the extra calories for the day! (yes, I have to admit, I managed to put 2 kilos in 2 weeks, but it was well worth it) We were greeted by a lively young lady with a laptop and cakes prepared for us - 4 versions to test out! We were asked if we would like anything else and I asked for still water, as I know I always need that when I am eating something sweet.
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Popas Pacurari recommened us the fig cake and my mum also suggested me the lemon version - once you eat all the good food that the chef at Popas prepared, there is no space for heavy cakes with loads of chocolate... We tasted exactly that: fig & lemon - the first picture of the post - and also 2 other versions with fruits. The hard decision came next: I loved the lemon cake and my second favourite was the fig - for Marek it was the other way around :)
The testing @ Charlotte
We were asked when the wedding will be, how many guests - as your cake size will be calculated in accordance to the number of guests, counting around 100 grams per each participant - and how the cake would look like. The lady from Cremish was ready to open up their Facebook page and show us what they have done before, but we met her with a smile and told her that we already had a model in mind. I took out my phone and showed her the LadyBug Wedding cake - it had more red color in it, so we toned it down by exchanging red with creamy white ;) It was to be done in marzipan and have one cake layer with lemon and the second with fig - this way we were both pleased :)  
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We still wanted to make sure we had our mind 100% settled on the perfect one, so we told them we had another appointment, the same day, and we would let them know by 4 PM - the other testing was booked at 2 PM, after the Band & DJ meeting at 12... We had a marathon! I am a big fan of macaroons and creme brulee so I try to test them wherever I see them. Cremish had macaroons as well - 4 types actually, at the moment when we did the testing - so I asked for 2 small boxes to give my mum and granny. Of course I stole one away and I must admit it was very nice - the cream was lemon and smooth and refreshing & the sides were crispy and yummy. I would say it's a must to try, alomg with the lemon cake ;)
The Twisted Red LadyBug Cake - picture taken by Eliza Prostire
We decided to go at Charlotte with an open heart, but I must admit that the lemon cake stayed in my mind. It was haunting me :) The lady from Charlotte showed us 5 combinations of chocolate - fruit cake (fruits of the forest, strawberry, lemon) and tried to close the deal just then and there. She was extremely pushy and did not even listed to us. She was ready to do the note and tell the chef to make the cake - I really thought she was very rude, to tell you the truth, and I expected more of Charlotte. And to tell you the truth, I rather though I would like the cakes from Charlotte more, but I believe these ones were quite ordinary... they did not taste anything special but rather artificial. I was glad to say that we will consider it and let them know - even though the lady was extremely and visibly dissapointed!  
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We were extremely happy with the winner of the Crazy Sweets Marathon: Cremish :) and if we would have to choose again, I would do it the same! The cream was wonderful and natural and light and everyone that I met after the wedding complimented how the cake looked and how the cake tasted. I think it was quite a hit! You know you did it right when you see the guests taking 100 pictures of the cake & recording the band that's playing ;))) So another big THANK YOU! goes for the whole team from the Popas Pacurari for helping us find the perfect place to make our 3rd wedding Romanian - Polish party cake: Cremish :) You can find them on Facebook or on their Internet Page or just go visit them directly at Strada. Sfantul Lazar, Nr. 29.

** This post was made out of love for good home-made-tasting cakes - made in Romania :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures (except the last one, done by our dear friend Eliza Prostire) were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) For more food pictures, with better light, you can go on their Facebook profile
Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Loved The LadyBug Wedding Party Cake done by Cremish - it was my pleasure telling you about them :) Share the love! Pay it forward!
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Iasi: Popas Pacurari - The Romanian-Polish Wedding Location

Dearest friends,

Coming back today on the topic of the 3rd Wedding Party - the Romanian-Polish one, celebrated in Iasi - I will tell you today about the lovely and cozy place we finished the wedding madness :) The place where out 3 year-long-wedding-party ran its course: Complex Popas Pacurari - Iasi - Romania. A few days ago I was telling you about the lovely busy bees that worked upon my wedding bouquet - today we will speak about location, location, location :)
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Complex Popas Pacurari  is well known in the city and everyone that knows Iasi heard at least once about it. It is located at one of Iasi's entrances and consists of 2 parts - one bigger area for weddings and other bigger parties & a smaller restaurant area. Also, in the last year, they have been working on the terrace and now - when we went home, in April - it was a pleasure just to sit there and bask in the sun, while sipping on fresh lemonade.
Freshly renovated and modernised it was the perfect location to host our small wedding party - with friends and very dear family. We had the celebration in a room that - I truly believe - could host over 150 people without any issues, yet it managed to hold 50 people - in our case - without making it look gigantic. When we started on the wedding party guest list we thought we would have around 70 people, so we started looking for big locations but Popas Pacurari won. We had a dear friend working there and she was of immense help, so the decision was clear for us :) I remember this was not my first encounter with the place - my party at the end of Highschool & a friend's wedding took place there as well, so I had good previous experiences as well. The thing I remembered very well, and remains the same until this very day, was the food - traditional, filling and delicious & in very decent portions!
Papara Taraneasca / Papanasi / Limonada (lemonade) & Ciorba de Potroace
The Complex Popas Pacurari serves from breakfast - they make a mean traditional dish with sausage, red paprika, oven baked potatoes with spices, lovely yummy bacon, traditional Romanian mamaliga and very salted yummy cheese + fried egg on top = papara taraneasca = 14 RON (almost the same amount of zloty) - to lunch to dinner - drinks included, if you wish - I am not much of a drinker, so I recommend you the fresh lemonade ;). There is a small parking lot in front of the main entrance, so if you come by car you can park there or you can take a cab. At the time when we had the wedding party - April 2015 - the taxi fare from my home - city center - to the Popas was around 10-15 RON.
Pictures taken of our wedding menu, when we tasted it :)
Popas Pacurari offers each couple that chooses them for their wedding:
  • The decorations of the room - except the flower arrangements, which in our case were done by the lovely ladies from Klipa Creativ Pozitiv
  • The Wedding Cake - Popas Pacurari works with 3 big local companies that can provide the cake of your dreams, fitted to your needs - we choose Cofetaria Cremish and they make a delicious lemon & fig cake! 
  • Cakes & fruits - on each table or on a separate one
  • A Keg of 50 litres of beer - that will stay outside on the patio and everyone can serve as they wish
  • Greeting the guests with champagne & sweets covered in chocolate
  • Fireworks for the first dance & the cake - be prepared to let the team know of the exact time when you want them there ;)
  • Decorated glasses for the bride and groom & for the godmother/father
  • The box for the money/gifts
  • Arcade & red carpet at the entrance
  • Matrimonial Room - Popas Pacurari has 2 small houses in the back, that can host even guests from abroad. The matrimonial room we had was comfortable - and I am quite picky on the beds, as I often get back issues - and we had a very good morning sleep there. We woke up on our own around 10 am and we checked out by ourselves :) I suggest you take it and have a short nap before you get home... you will feel refreshed ;)
The menu needs to be confirmed as soon as possible, as a week before the wedding you will have to try it out and make the final changes. We - Marek & myself and Mum :) - managed to do the testing on Monday, less than 5 days to the wedding - the wedding was Friday evening ;))) but we did not wish to change a thing. Everything was delicious! There are around 8 festive menus from which you can pick & choose & combine. My personal fav was the first hot meal: turkey medalion with grapes & wild rice & sour cream sauce - as I think of it now my mouth waters...
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You can contact the team about any future reservations on their Facebook profile or check out their Internet Page - but that is only in Romanian language, so it is better to just drop a line on Facebook ;) The prices are more than reasonable and the staff is very nice - the team that served us on the wedding was always asking us if we are ok and coming to us in case any decision needed to be made (when to put fireworks and so on...). If you choose them, let me know how it went & if you have any questions regarding our experience, please feel free to contact me :)

** This post was made out of love for good home-made food - made in Romania :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 
DISCLAIMER - All pictures were taken with the camera from my Samsung Galaxy S4, no filter and no modification - Copyrights reserved :) For more food pictures, with better light, you can go on their Facebook profile

Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Enjoyed Being Hosted by Complex Popas Pacurari - it was my pleasure telling you about them :) Share the love! Pay it forward!
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Iasi: Klipa Creativ Pozitiv - Colorful Beauties Created From The Heart

Dearest friends,

As you already know, we have successfully celebrated part 3 out of 3 of our Big Fat Polish - Romanian Wedding. If in fairytales people would have 3 days and 3 nights for the wedding, we wanted to have these 3 days and nights in 3 different years - 3 different locations - 3 different parties - 3 different sets of guests and of course 3 different decorations ;) I must admit that the parties in Poland and the paperwork were mainly on the head of my awesome and amazing husband, whom has more patience than any men I have ever known! (Kocham cie kotek! :*, I know you are reading this...) so the wedding in Romania was supoosed to be my doing.
Wedding picture of my glorious bouquet - picture taken by Eliza Prostire
I had already negociated things with my sister, but luck has it she got an internship at the European Parliament in Brussels so she did not manage to come home for the wedding party back home. She did make it though for 2 wedding parties out of 3, and I thank her for being with me :* (although I know that her team-members had a bit of laugh on the fact that her younger sister is marrying the 3rd time... with the same guy!) - but why do it once and not do it a couple times, just to be sure you could have a great time with all your friends / relatives / beloved ones? My sister was in charge with finding out good music & doing a home-made flower bouquet (with a lot of ladybugs - as I have requested). She had a great hand in the choice of music & flower arrangements!
She did not strike the deal until the end, as she had to go away, but my mum took over nicely and I was amazed by the finished product! :) To tell you the honest truth, I liked my natural flower bouquet from my Wedding Church & Party in Poland, but I loved the creative and original bouquet that the ladies from Klipa Creativ Pozitiv created for the Wedding Party in Romania! I am aware that in both cases I was not very eco-friendly, but both made me smile nonetheless :)
Today's story is about Klipa Creativ Pozitiv, the wonderfully creative and happy shop - located on Stradela Silvestru 1, Iasi, Romania - that does arrangements out of paper for any given ocasion! The positive and outgoing people that created this corner of Heaven must have been in love with the details that make life matter. In their shop you can buy online, but also in their physical shop, instruments for the Little Prince hiding inside of you... If you are in love with handmade objects and you love crafts, this is the place to go!
If you do not wish to create them yourself, if you do not have the time / will / talent to do that for your special day you can always ask the lovely ladies - that twirl about the place like busy bees - to do that for yourself. They can do pom-poms of different shapes / size / color, garlands, envelopes for business cards, business cards, wooden stamps and tags. But they do not limit themselves! If you have an idea they will always be willing to try it and they will do their best to make you happy :)
The first look on my bouquet :)
When I first went to Klipa Creativ Pozitiv - somewhere around 5 days before the party itself - I was not sure what to expect... The location of the shop is not an extremely popular one, although it is 15 minutes away from the center of the city (by walk!). Nothing would tell you from the area... no hints / clues on what you should expect. The small streets around are mainly houses and some doctors private cabinets - not a lot of traffic and not extremely well paved streets as well, sadly speaking... not to mention that the sidewalk is small so barely 2 people can fit in together - Disclaimer: I am not saying this in order to frighten anyone, but you should know what to expect. Don't get discouraged, as the trip is well worth it and you can always go by cab! ;) Plus, this is noone fault but the mayor and the government, but that is another topic...
Once you get to Klipa Creativ Pozitiv door you will stand still, even before you enter. Your eyes will try to lock in and remember every detail that it sees. It will try and fail, as there are so many beautiful, delicate little wonders there, that you will not know what to feast your eyes upon first :) The materials used are mainly paper but if you want to add something special - like I wanted ladybugs on the bouquet - you will have to come with it and they will make sure they fit everything nicely together.  
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The bouquet I first saw was actually the flowers themselves apart - white, cream and light green. I was asked the form that it should take, the size and how the tail should look like. Alexandra Petcu - the busy bee that made my bouquet - was not pushy and listened carefully to both myself and my mum's ideas and she combined them in the best way possible. My shoes were a darker shade of green so I thought the bouquet was too light, so the request was to add a few darker green flowers - just for the accent it would give. We also placed the ladybugs and I thought the best would be to have another accent - matching the dress - so I found inside their shop a red ribbon - with white dots, like a ladybug ;)) - that tied the flowers up nicely :)
Besides the wedding party bouquet they also did 10 big lovely flowers - with ladybugs on them, of course! - that were posted on each table. The colors were matching the bouquet and the color of the room & arrangements at Popas Pacurari - the place where we had the party, but I will tell you more about that another time ;) The guests loved both the flowers & the bouquet - they said it was very original and delicate - and all of them were taken home by them, as a memento.  
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The price of the products that they offer depends on the material (the type of paper) that they use so, I cannot give you a price - you will have to contact them on their Facebook Page / Internet Site or Blog :) but make sure you contact them in time as the ladies are very busy all the time. They also host events/workshops and teach people how to do flowers / pompoms and so on :) if ever in Iasi and they have an event, I recommend you to try them! The shop is open Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM & Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. If you are hosting an event / planning a wedding make sure you check their website ;) You should definitely give them a shot, the busy bees are there to help you and do wonderful little wonders! :)

** This post was made out of love for great handmade products - made in Romania :) I was not repayed in any way and all the opinions are my very own, straight from the heart! ** 
 

Yours truly,
A LadyBug That Loves Klipa Creativ Pozitiv - it was my pleasure to tell you about them :)
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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Iasi: Palatul Culturii - The Palace Of Culture

Dear hearts,

Today I will tell you more about the city I was born in - about Iasi. I will speak to you about one of its symbols - The Palace of Culture, acknowledged as effigy of the city of Iasi, was built in the neogothic style and as such was one of the last expressions of Romanticism in the official architecture. The building served as Administrative Palace and then Palace of Justice until 1955, when its destination was changed again, being assigned to the four museums nowadays united under the name of Moldova National Museum Complex. Also, the building houses the Cultural Heritage Conservation-Restoration Centre, the main branch of the Gheorghe Asachi Iași County Library and hosts various exhibitions and other events. The Palace of Culture is listed in the National Register of Historic Monuments.
The construction, started in 1906, was partly built on the old ruins of the mediaeval Royal Court of Moldavia (1434), and partly on top of the foundations of the former neoclassical style palace, dated to the time of Prince Alexandru Moruzi (1806), rebuilt by Prince Mihail Sturdza and dismantled in 1904. It was from this latter building that the Palace inherited the legend of the 365 rooms, as many as the days within one year.
The Romanian architect I.D. Berindei was assigned to plan the building and he designed it in flamboyant neo-Gothic style. During World War I, the construction halted due to the limitation of resources. The monument was inaugurated on 11 October 1925 by King Ferdinand of Romania.
The Palace has 298 large rooms with a total area of over 36,000 m2 (390,000 sq ft), 92 windows in the front part of the building and another 36 inside the building. Decoratively, the central hall shows a figurative mosaic including various representations of a gothic bestiary, concentrically arranged: two-headed eagles, dragons, griffons, lions. The hall is superposed by a glass ceiling room, where initially a greenhouse was arranged.
Moldova National Museum Complex of Iași hosts four museums located in the Palace of Culture: The Museum of Art, The Museum of History, The Museum of Ethnography, and The Museum of Science and Technology. The Museums also comprise their own stores and libraries, as well as halls for temporary exhibitions.
As we speak, The Palace of Culture is closed for restoration within the Govern Programme for the Rehabilitation of Historical Monuments. The date of re-opening the museum is yet unknown. The Palace is part now of the Palas Mall environment and you can see the works openly. The back of the Palace, that faces the Mall, is redone - the facade was rebuild. The front of the Palace, facing the Stefan cel Mare street, is still under reconstruction.
In spite of its archaic-looking design, the Palace was designed so to integrate modern materials and technologies. Thus, the stone blocks were replaced with light and much cheaper materials. Besides, some rooms were decorated using a special material licensed by Henri Coanda, under the name of bois-ciment and imitating the oak wood.
Decorative ironmongery elements are also remarkable and they can be admired for instance on the doors of the Voivodes’ Hall. The building was also equipped with high-tech facilities for those times, such as electric lighting, (pneumatic) heating, ventilation system, thermostat, vacuum cleaners, which were all directed from the machinery room, at the underground level.  
Taking also into account the 14 fires that affected the previous buildings, Berindei treated the wooden structure of the attic with an ignifugeous product called orniton, while for the roof he used a special material, named eternite. I am proud to say that my mother also worked on the restauration of the roof and has seen the large beams inside the Palace :) The pluses of being an engineer.
Until the Palace of Culture will be re-done and open to the wide public - which I can hardly wait! - you can have a look on their official site, which is done both in Romanian and in English. You can also enjoy a 360 degrees tour inside the Palace - and I highly recommend that - or you can come by Iasi and enjoy the beauty of its outside architecture :) It is a well known spot for taking engagement / wedding pictures and it is in the heart of the city - hard to miss! and both me and Marek recommend it, from our heart. When it will be re-opened I plan to come again with my sweet husband and show him the inside as well, as it is a sight for sore eyes! The Museum inside used to host a couple of paintings dear to me and I really hope they will be brought back - keeping my fingers crossed!

P.S. Right now there is no fee for visiting the Palace of Culture as it is not open on the inside. You can enjoy the outside architecture from all sides and take as many pictures as you would like. Mine are taken from different view points with the Samsung Galaxy S4 - I did not use any filters and have not cropped them, they are fresh from the phone, as you see them. Hope you will enjoy this place as much as we do :)

P.S.S. The information was taken mainly from Wikipedia (English Site) & The Official Site of The Palace of Culture. If you wish to know more about it and how to get there, please Contact Me and I will be happy to assist in setting up a future trip to Romania > Iasi > Palace of Culture :) 

Yours truly,
The Twisted Red LadyBug That Always Loved Palaces & Adores The Iasi Palace Of Culture
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