Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, Bucharest

In the lobby of the hotel is a short history created in 2014, the hotel's 100th anniversary. It has seen a lot of history. Ironically these are listed as "fun facts."

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Visitor and his dog at the Mini Library

When the mini library was built and updated, the use and readership was unknown. I call this success:

Friday, September 23, 2016

Early morning sky

This was so strange, heading east at sunrise. It is a real effect, and you can see a reflection in the car metal. It looks likes a large distant object has created a shadow.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In enemy territory

In 1999 NATO was at war with Serbia to stop the massacre of Albanians living in southern Serbia.  It was a nasty time in many parts of the Eastern bloc and caucuses.

In Belgrade they still have unrepaired buildings, and a display of their missing and dead soldiers outside a court building.

Today the Serbian maps still do not show the state of Kosovo as a separate area, as if they never lost the war.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A strange visit to a classroom in Brasov

I know I did not get the whole story. In the grounds of Saint Nicholas Church in Brasov, is the first Romanian school.  We were greeted by Professor Vasile Oltean.

He tells this story of how thousands of valuable and historic books and documents were hidden under plaster in the Church during Russian occupation.  They were rediscovered recently and now housed in the old school building. One of the books is the oldest printed Russian Bible.

There is no money, or visibility of these items. They need to be scanned and uploaded to the web, preserved as they are on acid paper, and stored under controlled conditions.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Turkey defining the coup - History is written by the winners

In each seat pocket of Turkish Airlines was a 88-page glossy color book entitled "Democracy Triumphs in Turkey - FETO's Coup attempt in Turkey."  And on page 6, below, there is a poster held up of Erdogan, in the background is a framed picture of Ataturk, the "father" of modern Turkey, another ruthless leader.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Maybe cooler in January?

Plants are 70% off at the Houston Garden Center, but it is still hovering around 35C, so it is a gamble if it is cost effective to plant and water them now. I will find out.

Pictures from Eastern Europe

2016 September

Monday, September 12, 2016

Guarding MacDonalds in Romania is serious business

This guy was the guard at MacDonald's, not someone you would like to meet in a dark alley. See his friends at