Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Royal Train Station

The Royal Couple at Peles Castle, Sinaia

A most symbolic journey was undertaken by members of the Romanian Royal Family on the weekend of November 30-December 1 to celebrate
DECEMBER 1 - Romania National Day.

This day memorializes the unification of Transylvania into '"The Great Romania" in 1918 as well as regions of Basarabia and Bucovina.

With great pride is also evoking the great Romanian kings, Carol I and Ferdinand I, in remembrance of the train routes established 95 years ago by King Ferdinand and Queen Marie, from North Station, Bucharest  built in 1872 and Sinaia Train Station built in 1913 both erected under the reign of King Carol I.

King Ferdinand I

Queen Marie

Miniature Gift Of The Royal Train

Royal Train route followed Sinaia, Campina, Ploiesti West Station, and North Station Bucharest, where Crown Princess Margareta, Prince Radu, Princess Elena and Prince Nicholas inaugurated the "Royal Train Station" recently restored in its original glory from the time of King Carol I.

At Campina train station Romanian children greet The Royal Train with bread and salt, ancient custom of the land

Crown Princess Margareta of Romania and Spouse Price Radu

I wonder which of the Royal Chefs traveled along to provide meals and comfort so everyone would be eating royally....

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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?