Conference invitation: the formative years of King Michael and Queen Marie – 15 Jan. ’14

Diana and I would like to invite you to the new conference from the already traditional series inaugurated last year at the Liberal Cafe in Bucharest, on the royal and architectural history of Romania.

The subjects this year are the following:

Diana Mandache: “King Michael as a school pupil: curriculum, marks, fieldtrips”

Valentin Mandache: “Eastwell Manor: the birthplace of Queen Marie”

The event is organised by the National Liberal Party’s Bloggers’ Club, and is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 15 January, starting at 6.30 pm (The Liberal Cafe: 9, Doamnei Street, Lipscani quarter, just across the road from the National Bank).

Conference on the formative years of King Michael and Queen Marie
Conference: *King Michael as a school pupil, *Eastwell Manor: the brithplace of Queen Marie

There will be shown and discussed photographs and period newsreel footage about the school pupil Michael, from the Regency period and then as a Crown Prince, and architectural photographs of Eastwell Manor, images of Queen Marie during her childhood and as an adult visiting her birthplace, and how these formative years in such significant circumstances and environments influenced those two royal figures later in their life.

Conference on the formative years of King Michael and Queen Marie
Conference: *King Michael as a school pupil, *Eastwell Manor: the brithplace of Queen Marie

The Bloggers’ Club of the National Liberal Party and the presenters are looking forward to welcoming you at the conference!

Book review – Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism (via Diana Mandache’s Weblog)

Book review - Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism Dracula is Dead: How Romanians Survived Communism, Ended it, and Emerged as the New Italy Since 1989, by Sheilah Kast and Jim Rosapepe, Bancroft Press, 400 pp, hardback,  November 2009 The United States throughout the Cold War decades has been a beacon of democracy and freedom for the peoples of Eastern Europe. Americans and their representatives were enthusiastically received in the region as friends and liberators after the momentous 1989 revol … Read More

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Art Deco Floral Motifs for Birthday Celebration

Art Deco floral panels, 1930s Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

My wife, Diana, celebrates today her birthday! To mark this beautiful event, I composed a photomontage and slide show of Art Deco style floral panels, which I photographed throughout the year in Bucharest. These exquisite designs adorn façades of houses dating from the 1930s, a truly golden and happy era for this city. The panels are renderings of luxuriant flowers and vegetation symbolising the paradisiac Southern Seas to which the inter-war Bucharesters, inhabitants of Europe’s austere the lower Danube prairie, where longing to travel and experience, especially during the long Siberia like winters that often engulf this region. I would like to dedicate these charming architectural ‘slices of paradise’ to Diana and wish her a very, very happy birthday!!! Valentin🙂

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Art Deco floral panels, Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)


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Scroviste Royal Palace (via Diana Mandache’s Weblog)

The Scroviste Royal Palace located about 20km north of Bucharest among lakes and forests, has been one of the favourite summer and week end retreats of King Ferdinand of Romania. Before the palace was built, there was just a hunting lodge used by Ferdinand, and from that basis new buildings and amenities were added in the subsequent decades. Today the palace is still used by the presidency of Romania although it was much modified duri … Read More

via Diana Mandache’s Weblog