Legion of Honor

I see that the beatification of Saint Laura Codruta Kovesi continues apace as the French government just officially awarded her the Legion of Honor (French version ici), the highest civilian distinction that the French government has. I suppose she’s in good company. Other Romanians who have received this very prestigious and completely legitimate honor include:…

Brave Romanian Police Kinda Sorta Stop Some Pickpockets

I was minding my own business this morning, reading through this French report about the police breaking up a ring of pickpockets when I noticed something odd. Apparently, a group of Gypsies has been begging and stealing (pickpocketing) passengers on French trains as well as visitors to Disneyland Paris. 11 people were arrested, six of…

Un rien pervers, un rien nunuches

Wow. I’m a huge fan of the arts but there’s something surreal about seeing one of the most significant moments in recent history turned into a plot line for a show. If you understand French, you can read this interview about a new theater production entitled “Un jour, un destin” (A day, a destiny) all…

The Story of a Romanian Doctor in France

The issue of “brain drain”, or the smartest/best educated people leaving Romania has become a serious problem. In particular, many Romanian doctors are leaving their homeland for jobs abroad to earn far better day. This woman is one of the people who had to make that difficult choice: Changement d’idiome, de contrée, mais pas de…

The Best Wedding Photographer in the World

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to the most talented photographic artist I have ever known. His name is Sebastian Bratescu and this is his website. I met Sebastian, or “Sebi” as he is known, in Romania back in 2008, and we rapidly became good friends. He has near genius-level skills at…

Legitimacy

WORD COUNT: 2008 You know, folks, the more I think about my last post, the more I realize just how much it connects to my article from last year entitled Pana la ultimii 100 de metri, and how all of this is being connected together for me in a new way that has truly opened…

The Secret History of the CIA in Romania

I think just about everyone knows the general outline of the events (in Europe) of World War 2. A strident Adolf Hitler leads Nazi Germany to expand into Austria and parts of Czechoslovakia and then invades Poland in 1939. This triggers Britain and France to enter the war. The Nazis and their allies in Italy…