Simple mythological personage. Ileana Cosanzeana.

“She is the original concept of feminine beauty, the most beautiful amongst the fairies—her eyes look like the sun, her body is like the sea and her garments are made of flowers. Pearls and gold flow out of her mouth when she sings. She is also said to use her power of white magic to heal or revive. Ileana Cosânzeana signifies the most poetic imagination of Romanian genius. She impersonates the beauty, the youth, and the angelic soul, in one word the perfection of humanity. She is a mythical character with supernatural powers and with symbolic features. Ileana Cosânzeana succeeds in defeating the evil forces only because she is very brave, smart, modest and diligent.” (Wikipedia)

Illustration made by Madalina Andronic

Simple Romania. Explore the Carpathian Garden.

“Many visitors look at the woody specimens and keep walking. What they are missing is what the Romanians call ‘branza de burduf in coaja de brad’, literally 'cheese in fir tree bark’. In 14th century, dairy farmers needed a way to store the surplus cheese and the local evergreen forests provided the perfect vehicle. Strip the bark from a fir tree, wrap it around the cheese and presto: the dairy product remains moist and preserved from the elements.

This tree bark cheese is part of the slow food movement that promotes rare, endangered and traditional products. In fact, 'branza in coaja de brad’ is one of only two Romanian foods recognized by Slow Food International.”
(source: Romania - Official Travel Information)

photo Adriana Liute


Simple sculptor. Constantin Brancusi at work.

Simple freedom.
Lipizzaner mare and foal, a sunny autumn afternoon at the stud-farm. In Sambata de Jos. Fagaras. Transylvania.

A tale about beauty, elegance and the oldest horse breed of modern Europe. The Lipizzaner (“Lipițan” in Romanian) is a breed of horse closely associated with the Spanish Riding School of Vienna, where the finest representatives demonstrate the ‘haute ecole’ movements of classical dressage, including the highly controlled, stylized jumps and other movements known as the “airs above the ground.” The Lipizzan breed dates back to the 16th century. Sambata is the largest Lipizzaner studs farm in Europe.

Photo Raluca Ichim