marți, 26 iunie 2012

Tres metros sobre el cielo (Three steps above heaven)


Directed by: Fernando Gonzalez Molina
Cast: Mario Casas, Maria Valverde, Alvaro Cervantes, Marina Salas, Diego Martin, Nerea Camacho, Pablo Rivero, Cristina Plazas, Jordi Bosch

The movie tells the story of two people who belong to different worlds. Babi (Maria Valverde) is an innocent girl with a good education, coming from a rich and respected family. Hache (Mario Casas) is a case lost to society, rebellious, impulsive, with a high appetite for risk and danger, materialized in illegal motorbike races and fights. A series of events bring them together and soon they develop feeling for each other, discovering their first great love. Hache gradually becomes more tender, while Babi shows her rebellious side. I will let you discover the ending of this beautiful love story on your own.
I can only tell you that the continuation of the movie, “Tengo ganas de ti” (I want you) was just released on Friday and that I am looking forward to seeing it!

I leave you with some pictures and the theme song of the movie, Cecilia Krull, "Something's Triggered". Enjoy!
 Trei metri deasupra cerului

Regizor: Fernando Gonzalez Molina
Distributie: Mario Casas, Maria Valverde, Alvaro Cervantes, Marina Salas, Diego Martin, Nerea Camacho, Pablo Rivero, Cristina Plazas, Jordi Bosch


Acest film spune povestea a doi oameni care provin din lumi diferite. Babi (Maria Valverde) este o fata inocenta, cu o educatie buna, membra a unei familii bogate si respectate. Hache (Mario Casas) este un caz pierdut pentru societate, rebel, impulsiv, cu un apetit ridicat pentru risc si pericol, materializate in participarea la curse ilegale de motocicleta si batai. O serie de evenimente ii aduc impreuna si, curand, dezvolta sentimente unul pentru celalalt, descoperind prima mare dragoste. Hache devine gradual mai tandru, in vreme ce Babi isi dezvaluie latura rebela. Va voi lasa pe voi sa descoperiti finalul acestei frumoase povesti de dragoste.
Pot doar sa va spun ca vineri a fost premiera continuarii acestei pelicule, “Tengo ganas de ti” (Te vreau) si ca abia astept sa o vizionez!

Va las cu o serie de poze si melodia laitmotiv a acestei pelicule, Cecilia Krull, "Something's Triggered". Enjoy! 

luni, 25 iunie 2012

Seafood by Navis


As promised, I am back with my story of Saturday night's dinner. Navis is a recently opened small restaurant by the Black Sea, in the touristical port of Constanta. It has good food for reasonable prices, so its terrace is always full of people. We had saurel brine, fried saurels with lemon and garlic dip and tempura calamari with lemon. Don’t they look delicious?


Asa cum am promis, am revenit cu povestea cinei de sambata seara. Navis este un mic restaurant deschis recent pe malul Marii Negre, in portul turistic Constanta. Ofera mancare buna la preturi rezonabile, asa ca terasa sa este intotdeauna plina de oameni. Noi am servit saramura de stavrizi, stavrizi prajiti cu lamaie si sos de usturoi si calamar pane cu lamaie. Nu-i asa ca arata delicios?

miercuri, 6 iunie 2012

Rome through my eyes

I recently returned from a four-day city break in Rome. It was an amazing trip with lots of sightseeing and many pictures, part of which I will be sharing with you on the blog. Let’s  start with the beginning:

Circus Maximus or Circo Massimo in Italian, an ancient  Roman Chariot racing stadium, the first and largest stadium in Ancient Rome and its later Empire. Unfortunately, very little remains of the Circus, except for the grass-covered racing track and the outline of the central barrier. Some of the starting gates remain, but most of the seating has disappeared with the passing of time.
 The Mouth of Truth or la Bocca della Verita,  an image of a face carved in Pavonazzetto marble, located in the portico of the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The most famous particularity of the Mouth  is having been used as  a lie detector starting with the Middle Ages. It was believed that if someone  told a lie with his/her hand in the mouth of the sculpture, it would be bitten off. 
Our third stop was at the National Roman Museum or Museo Nazionale Romano, where we activated our Roma Passes (which provide free access to public transportation in Rome for three days since the moment of validation, plus free entry to the first two museums and/or archaeological sites of your choice-all for the price of 30 euros).
We started our second day in Rome early in the morning, by visiting the Colloseum or Coliseum (Italian Anfiteatro Flavio or Colosseo), an elliptical amphitheatre, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire, considered one of the greatest works of  Roman architecture and engineering. It was really impressive and crowded with tourists (I would recommend going as early in the morning as possible, in order to capture a few shots without the crowd in the background). This was our second and last objective visited with Roma Pass, from here on out we were on our own, so to say. Next, we wanted to see the Roman Forum (Il Foro Romano), but were quickly discouraged by the huge queue and decided to change our plans.

We therefore walked to the National Monument to Victor Emmanuel II (Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II) , situated between Piazza Venezia and the Capitoline Hill. The monument is controversial since its construction destroyed a large area of the Capitoline Hill with a Medieval neighbourhood for its sake and is disliked by the locals because its whiteness contrasts with the mostly brownish buildings surrounding it.
                                                            Trajan's Column
Our journey continued on Via del Corso, all the way to Piazza del Popolo, then to Piazza di Spagna with its impressive steps and, of course, the Trevi Fountain (la Fontana di Trevi), where the saying is that you have to throw a coin if you want to return to Rome. Next was the Elephant (Il Elefantino), which we saw on our way to the Pantleon. We couldn’t have missed Piazza Navona with the two fountains and the Campo di Fiori.
                                           Fontana di Trevi- a place crowded with tourists
                                                                  Piazza Navona
Although we were already tired, we walked to The Mausoleum of Hadrian, more popularly known as Castel Sant’ Angelo and then headed to the nearest subway station, Lepanto, having a delicious ice-cream (gelato) on the way. Be sure not to miss these delicious treats if you travel to Rome, it would be a pitty.
  The last stop for the day was the Pyramid of Cestius (la Piramide), at the metro station with the same name. After  that, our hunger won us over and we decided to head for a restaurant for dinner.
We started the third day of our Rome adventure at the Saint Peter’s Basilica (Basilica San Pietro),the well-known  late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City . We went all the way up in the Dome and I can tell you that it was a unique experience and the view is unforgettable from up there.  It was worth the effort of climbing all the over 500 spiral steps which were getting more and more narrow as we were approaching the top. 
                                                   The amazing view from the Dome

  Having seen the San Pietro Basilica, we could not have missed the Vatican Museums with their fascinating Sistine Chapel.
                                                                The Sistine Chapel
I must confess that my personal favorite ‘objective of the day’ was the Bioparco Zoo. I found it to be both exciting and relaxing at the same time and enjoyed seeing all the animals (very well taken care of). I loved the small monkeys exhibition, the European bisons, the grey seals, the bears, the house of reptiles and the lions.
Our last stop for the day was the mall- EuRoma 2, where we ate and made a little shopping. On day four we headed back home, carrying a huge luggage of memories with us. Now I am looking forward to returning someday - after all, I did throw a coin into Fontana di Trevi.
Arrivederci, Roma, alla prossima! (Good Bye, Rome, see you next time!)