The Village Museum – Folklore part 2

Here’s the last post on the Village Museum visit on Dragobete, the Romanian Valentine’s Day. The celebrations ended with a beautiful traditional songs and dances concert held by artists from different regions of the country. Two of them were from Oltenia, where I grew up, which brought back nice memories. Notice the traditional costumes once again, carefully handmade (usually), each of them with regional particularities that I am, unfortunately, not able to discern and/or explain. Enjoy!

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This concludes the Village Museum on Dragobete photography set. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, it was an extremely fun day and I’m looking forward to going back to the Museum for their next organized activities (cooking and photography)!

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The Village Museum – WWI Troop Reenactment

This was a nice thing to do, even though I didn’t quite get the link between this and Dragobete. We had a WWI troop walking around the village, posing for visitors and singing songs, songs that they apparently learnt from their grandparents. Every detail seemed spot on, even though I admit I’m no master of WWI uniforms and accessories. Still, nicely played.

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The last part of the Museum’s set will be a second traditional performance by a few different musicians. Bye for now 🙂

The Village Museum – Cooking Contest

This tiny cooking contest was fun, it was just about making forms out of dough, but everyone enjoyed it, and I even got to go home with  food and a jar of jam!

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Cheers everyone! Next up, WWI reenactment crew! 🙂

The Village Museum – Walking Around

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Next up, cooking contest!

The Village Museum – Folklore part 1

While walking around the village, we noticed everyone was gathering around a particular house. In front of this house, we saw our first Dragobete “attraction”. Teenagers, wearing traditional clothes, singing and dancing a traditional song, saying goodbye to a harsh winter, welcoming a beautiful spring, and most of all, celebrating love. With flowers in their hair and hands, they celebrated Dragobete in front of a delighted crowd.

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Next up, some shots from around the village!

The Village Museum – Cat Sound!

The Village Museum in Bucharest is a very nice and quiet place. Some of you have probably seen this post from a year ago. Well, this time, I’ve been invited by a friend and former photography classmate of mine, Alina. I love this museum. Maybe because I grew up in and around houses that looked like some from this place, maybe because most of the objects displayed there are still “available” at my grandparents’ place. On thing is for sure, I always come back there with great pleasure.

So I will start this set with a post on the museum cats. Everyone here knows those cats. They have somewhere between twenty and thirty of them playing/sleeping around, you’re always welcomed by at least a few of them. So it seems logical to me to start off with kitties!

The museum cats are all over the place. Most of the time friendly, sometime not quite. They have some dog competition but nothing too significant.

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Which brings us to this little guy. He’s the most famous cat in town. The “Brown One”, they all have names but everyone calls him “the Brown One” or even “the Cat”. He’s not too friendly but can still play around when you’re interesting enough for him.

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N.B.: My lovie’s little piggy, the one holding the stick dangerously close to this tiger, got clawed – and it bled nicely for around ten minutes.

Next up, a peek at some Dragobete traditional songs and dances. You won’t have the sound but the image isn’t too shabby 🙂

At Night In The Park II

As usual, whenever I go out at night, I don’t come back with a lot of shots. But out of a dozen, I kept these three (actually four with the featured image). It was warm, no wind at all, the church was lit (which was a nice surprise compared to a few days before) and we enjoyed that evening even though we came home rather late. We knew that we wouldn’t have another opportunity like this one before my friend would have to leave (busy schedule) so we just packed our things and rushed out the door. The park was less empty, lots of guards though, so I don’t know if it counts. But anyway, I used both my 28mm and the 200 and loved it. For some reason I really like using a tripod. I think that I forgot to take my remote control that night but you just use the two seconds self-timer in that case and it works just fine. Also, on that particular night, we witnessed the fall of a comet through our atmosphere, comet that disintegrated in three parts after a very long streak of light and then vanished. Amazing.

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