A walk in a lavender field

Hello friends!

This year was not the best, we all know it. Early in winter I planned to visit a lot of beautiful places in nature, but that was definitely not possible because of lock down and I missed all the wild flowers of spring. Hopefully next year we will live happier times and things will go back to normal. Everything we know we can have for free, it can be taken away by night, so it’s important and necessary to became more grateful.

In a much happier note, I want to share with you some photos from one of my first road trips after lock down. I went to visit a lavender field here in Romania. It’s not like the ones you can find in Provence, but for the Romanian climate, the lavender was very well grown. Also, after so many days spent in the house, this trip was like a visit to heaven. There is not much to say about it, words can’t describe the beauty and the feeling that you have in a lavender field after so many days with no contact with nature. The smell is divine and the atmosphere is like a fairy tale, I couldn’t get enough of it.

My favorite thing about this flower is that it has a powerful meaning beside its beneficial properties that are very well known. Lavender flowers represent purity, silence, devotion serenity, grace and calmness. Also, its purple color comes with great symbolism. Purple is the color of royalty and speaks of elegance, refinement and luxury. The color purple is also associated with the crown chakra, which is the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. After a walk in a lavender field, I can tell that all your ‘batteries’ are fully charged, personally I felt better mentally and spiritually. Sometimes a simple thing like a bouquet of lavender is enough to feel a bit better. I hope you are all healthy and happy.

La Vie en Rose

Hello friends! I hope you are still here. I know that it’s been a long time since my last post on this blog, but now I’m back and ready to post again more often. For those who are new here and do not know me, I will tell you a few words about myself and my blog.

My name is Adela and I am a biologist. My passion for nature started a long time ago, when I was a kid and since then never stopped. I love to spend time in the woods, hiking and enjoy nature in all its shapes. Over time, this passion and curiosity about microorganisms, plants, animals and wild life has turned into study and ongoing research. Now, I’m a biologist in love with everything that this world can give us. Biology is not just a science, it’s everything that surrounds us and defines us as living beings. The study of life is the most amazing thing for me to do and because I love it so much I decided to share with you what I know or what I’m about to learn. This was the start of my blog and the goal was to write interesting articles and make as many photos as I can, to show you the beauty of nature and the mysteries of wild life.

Now, things are changed and I want to create something else. Beside biology, I’m very passionate about painting and art in general, also I love to study history, to read, travel and cook. Because in the past some of you asked me to create articles in personal manner, not just from my biologist point of view, I decided to reorganize my blog and transform it into a journal. So, I invite you here, once in a while, to read about nature curiosities, art, history, recipes and many more.

I now that everyone got through some difficult times in the past few months, I’m very conscious about the problems that this world is facing right now, but I don’t want to talk about this. On my page you will never find articles about personal opinions on politics, religion or social issues. All I want is to create a media platform where everyone can relax and see the beauty of this world not the dark side of it. I personally need a place where I can be myself and where I can write about everything that goes through my mind. So, I imagine this blog as a cozy living room where we can drink a cup of tea or coffee and talk about interesting subjects. I hope you will follow me on this new journey!

I named the new version of this blog ‘La Vie en Rose’ because no matter what, we can still see the light and the ‘life in pink’!!! Also, as a celebration of reopening the blog I will show you some photos with roses from my garden.

See you soon!

Happy Women’s Day

Happy Women’s Day! Today is a beautiful day of Spring and because we celebrate women`s day I thought that it’s the perfect time to talk about the symbol of the month.

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Galanthus nivalis or the snowdrop is one of my favorite spring flowers. I’m looking forward to seeing them every February because they are the messengers of Spring and when they are in bloom it means that the good weather is coming. Also, there are some interesting things about the snowdrop. The scientific name of snowdrop has a beautiful meaning. Galanthus is derived from the Greek word `gala` which means milk and `anthos` means flower, `nivalis` is an epithet with meaning `of the snow`, referring as the snow-like flower. The snowdrop is a toxic plant and very dangerous if it’s eaten because of the active agglutinin GNA (galanthus nivalis agglutinine), which can cause intestine damage. But other substance found in snowdrop, galanthamine, can be helpful for Alzheimer`s disease.

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In Romania, we have a beautiful tradition on March 1st. As a symbol of life, love and hope, in the first day of spring, we give bouquets of snowdrop to our loved one’s. Also, on March 1st the ladies receive a talisman pendant or brooch attached to a red and white wire. This talisman is named `Martisor` and the girls wear it for luck. Also, in March 8th we celebrate the women`s day and mothers day as well. So, as a gift, we give bouquets of snowdrops to our mothers.
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Sorrento (1) – Pe urmele sirenelor – The land of sirens

Salutare si bine ati revenit! Dupa o vacanta superba, revin cu forte proaspete pe blog si va propun pentru luna august o serie de postari sub forma „jurnal de calatorie”. Incepem astfel calatoria cu minunatul Sorrento, o comuna la cativa km de Napoli, Italia. Am in minte aceasta locatie de cativa ani si in sfarsit am reusit sa ajung acolo. Nu cred ca exista cuvinte potrivite pentru a descrie 100% atmosfera si frumusetea locului, insa pot spune ca poetii si artistii care au fost inspirati de aceste meleaguri n-au exagerat cand au spus ca Sorrento este un taram de poveste.

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Sea view from Piazza Tasso, Sorrento

Sorrento, face parte din Peninsula Sorrentina, fiind o asezare pe coasta la 50m inaltime fata de nivelul marii, inconjurata de vegetatia luxurianta si mediteraneana a muntilor Lattari. In secolul XVIII era supranumit „Sorrento cel bland”, datorita climei si frumusetii locului, dar esenta localitatii este redata de numele sau real provenit din limba latina, Surrentum, asociat cu mitul sirenelor. Legendele cu sirene sunt foarte populare in aceasta parte a Italiei, se spune ca atat in golful Peninsulei Sorentina cat si pe Coasta Amalfi, traiau sirene care atrageau marinarii foarte aproape de tarm unde esuau de cele mai multe ori corabiile lor. Cantecul sirenelor era dulce si magic, nimeni nu-i putea rezista. Insusi Homer a scris in Odiseea sa despre sirenele din Sorrento, acestea l-au atras si pe Ulise in golf, insa, el a fost singurul care a rezistat magiei lor.

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Villa Comunale

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Piazza Tasso

14Sirene nu am vazut, dar magia lor am simtit-o. Din propie experienta pot spune ca Sorrento are un farmec aparte, din cate locuri am vizitat pana acum nu se compara cu nici unul. Bineinteles ca nu se poate compara muntele cu marea si orasul cu padurea, insa, ma refer la acest colt de lume ca la ceva aparte, deosebit care nu are termen de comparatie. De ce? Pentru ca aici gasim de toate, muntele cu stancile sale taioase si dure, pline de vegetatie, se intalneste cu o mare limpede, de un albastru ireal. Orasul are o arhitectura speciala, tipica acestei zone, predominand culorile vii si decorurile cu gresie pictata in diferite forme. 713

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Hand painted ceramics

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Artizanal shop

Stradutele orasului sunt inguste si pline de comerciantii fara de care atmosfera nu ar fi fost completa. De o parte si de alta a strazilor se intind magazine cu ceramica pictata manual, suveniruri sau haine, predominand culoarea galbena si lamaile imprimate pe fiecare obiect care se poate vinde, acestea fiind un simbol al orasului, dar despre lamai va povestesc intr-un articol urmator. Lasand la o parte stradutele si piata din centrul orasului, putem ajunge in cel mai inalt punct din Sorrento si anume Villa Comunale, un parc plin cu flori si copaci exotici. Totusi, nu plantele viu colorate fac acest loc mirific, ci peisajul care ofera o priveliste de vis catre coasta, catre port si in special catre vulcanul Vezuviu care se zareste printre nori la orizont.
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Marina grande

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Vesuvius

La iesirea din Villa Comunale se afla o biserica putin mai aparte fata de restul bisericilor din oras, datorita curtii sale interioare. Daca pana acum ne-am delectat cu aroma de lamai si povesti cu sirene, odata intrat in aceasta curte parca pasesti in timp real in povestile lui Alexandre Dumas si te poti astepta oricand sa apara de dupa colt un muschetar cu un trandafir rosu in mana. Atmosfera romantica nu se termina la iesirea din gradina ci predomina parca tot mai mult in oras odata cu lasarea serii.

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Cloister of S. Francis Monastery

9Pe inserat, dupa coborarea scarilor din piatra cubica si parcurgerea unor tunele inguste si slab luminate, in fata apar din nou cateva terase apartinand portului Marina Grande. Acest port in trecut era un sat pescaresc unde oamenii isi castigau existenta exclusiv din pescuit, azi apartine de Sorrento si reprezinta unul din punctele cheie ale orasului. Seara, insa, in port este liniste, terasele sunt mai putin aglomerate ca in centrul orasului, iar barcile plutesc linistite pe malul marii. Este locul perfect pentru cina si pentru incheierea unei zile superbe pe coasta.161721Daca va asteptati sa va treziti la realitate, asta nu se va intampla, deoarece Sorrento este cu adevarat un loc de poveste in care fiecare colt are alta istorie, culoare si aroma. Chiar daca sirenele nu se zaresc, vraja lor a cuprins cu siguranta meleagurile acestea. Pentru a va convinge trebuie sa ajungeti cel putin odata in viata aici. 2019

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Marina grande

Adela Teban