Sunday, December 1, 2013

While in Sinaia, Romania

Morning Glory! Cerulean blue skies that touch the tops of the green mountains trough the gentle May sun, shades of pink, pale magenta and white, nature's brushstrokes for a spring landscape.

The gardens at Peles Castle in Sinaia are in full bloom, the fragrance gets stronger as I go up the mountain, my olfactory guide to a majestic place glowing with history and superb Renaissance Revival architecture, built on an existing medieval route linking Transylvania and Wallachia between 1873 and 1914.

 The Peles National Museum
 A castle was built from precious woods, stone, bricks, marble and features more than 160 rooms. The dominant style is German Renaissance, but one can easily discover elements belonging to the Italian Renaissance, Gothic, German Baroque and French Rococo style.
The Royal Estate is surrounded by seven terraces decorated with statues by the Italian artist, Romanelli, stone fountains and glorious ornamental vases from Carara marble. 

What mysteries could be surrounding this magical place...scent of violets perhaps?