A Deserted Place on a Stormy Afternoon: Pine Bluff (South-Eastern Arkansas, USA)

Pine Bluff is a part of the metropolitan area of Little Rock, the capital city of the state of Arkansas. It is the seat of Jefferson County. Geographically, Pine Bluff is a flat area filled with creeks, streams, and bayous, and it makes for the southeastern section of the Arkansas Delta. The numerous pine trees…

A Victorian Manor in the American South: Colonel Peel`s Mansion in Bentonville, Arkansas (USA)

Colonel Samuel West Peel (1831-1924), an Arkansas businessman, was the first native of the state who became a member of the US Congress. Here, he was named a legal representative to the most important five tribes (1) in the Indian Territory (Oklahoma). During the Civil War, as a member of the Confederate Army, he was…

The Lutheran Fortified Church in Cristian (Neustadt), Brașov County-Romania

Cristian, in German Neustadt, is a small village located near the city of Brașov (Kronstadt). Similar to the latter, Cristian was founded by the German colonists in late 13th-early 14th century; these were coming from Rhineland, Thuringia, and Wallonia, and became known as Saxons. Until well after the First World War, the majority of population…

The Mihail Palace in Craiova, south-western Romania

This ecclectic style palace designed in a combination of French academism and late Baroque is located in the center of Craiova, the most important city of the historical region of Oltenia, an area situated on the geographical southern part of Romania. It resembles the Cheverny Palace that can be found on Loire Valley. The construction…

Christmas Markets in Berlin, December 2019

On this Christmas season, Berlin`s municipal authorities organized markets around most of the major landmarks: Alexanderplatz, Gendarmenmarkt, Breitsheidplatz, Potsdamer Platz. All of them abounded in traditional German Christmas decorations made of wood or glass, as well as in cosy places like restaurants and food stalls where people could taste gluhwein, delicious marzipan, apple pie, and…

Street Art in Craiova, South-Western Romania

In the past years, Craiova, one of the bigger cities of the historical region called Oltenia*, has experienced a major process of revitalization of its historical centre. As a part of this process, the renovation of the old houses was conceived along with the creation of new urban spaces centred on murals and statues that…

Hanukkah in Berlin

One important part of the Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah (The Festival of Lights) is the lighting of the nine-branched candelabrum (menorah)*. The branches refer to the eight nights and days that are observed in the Jewish tradition to honour the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, during the uprising of the Jewish people…

Christmas Decorations Spotted in Brașov, Romania, in December 2019

The cosy Transylvanian city of Brașov has a lot to offer during Christmas season, too. The windows of the tall but narrow houses of the old town, aligned along the winding streets that all run until their meeting point with the square where the impressive Black Church is located, are filled with decorations. The chic…

Saint Nicholas Eastern Christian Church in Râșnov, Brașov County (Transylvania)

Saint Nicholas Church in Râșnov is a first-class historical monument, one of the oldest sacral establishments of Orthodox Romanians in South-Eastern Transylvania. Its building started in the late 14th century (1384) and it finished in the early 19th century (1823). The church was initially built in the Gothic style, which was rather rare for Eastern…