Travel ~ 36. Romantic Romania.

When two of your best friends are from Romania, it’s obligatory to visit the country. This summer, it happened. It was my first time in the southeastern sovereign state of Europe. The Carpathian mountains surrounded us on our road trip to the third most populous city, Timișoara.

Driving by petrol stations, there were also manufacturing, technology and transport factories which showed that the country’s commerce and economy are doing well. From that, many more tourists will visit. Cruising in the countryside, the views were spectacular with lots of flowers and fields of grass to entertain the eye. I began to fall in love.

Arriving at my friend’s house, I received a warm welcome from an adorable dog. The photo below was taken right before he ran over and began to lick my feet. I think that was meant to be his way of saying hello. Either way, it was super ticklish. I started to laugh.

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Continuing our adventure, we headed to Timișoara’s city centre. First stop, Memorialul Revolutiei. It was a museum dedicated to the Revolution in 1989. I learned a lot about how the city was established and why things operate the way they do there from a 30 minute film.

 

Next, my friends and I drove to the central area and began to walk around Piața Unirii. Eventually, we found a spot to to have lunch. There were great drinks, salads and burgers at M Bistro. Nearby, we visited the Timișoara Art Museum. No photos were allowed but I enjoyed the baroque, classical and contemporary works of art.

 

Soon enough it was time to explore more. Wandering along the main street, we ended up passing through multiple squares where we saw the Timișoara City Hall, the beautiful and old Opera House, a majestic Metropolitan Cathedral and the check out Timișoara city sign.

 

Then that evening, there was a cultural event happening in the Roses Park. Strolling by the river, I saw cool graffiti. When we got to the park, we watched dancers from Romania, Serbia and Portugal perform in their traditional attire.

 

After that, it was time to drink and dine Romanian style. The best place to end the night was at Pensiunea Annette with good food and friends in Covaci, Timișoara. I would recommend to visit this resort.

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All photos taken by Niya Sinckler.

 

Film ~ Bridget Jones’s Baby

Directed by Sharon Maguire, the romantic comedy, Bridget Jones’s Baby follows our favourite lady, Bridget played by Renée Zellweger around her single life adventures, impressive broadcast media career and surprise pregnancy  after one night occasions in England. Soon enough, the identity of her baby comes into question. There’s a fifty percent chance that it may belong to the successful lawyer, Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) or the dreamy relationship guru, Jack (Patrick Dempsey). Sit in a comfortable cinema chair and discover who the father is in this laugh-out-loud film filled with bits of British banter and family chaos.

Film ~ Cannes Film Festival

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival starts tomorrow with an impressive official selection.

These are the five films I’m most excited about this year at the French Riviera.

  1.   Aquarius       Country: BRASIL. Length: 140 mins

Brasilian filmmaker Kleber Mendonça Filho directed this feature that follows Clara (Sonia Braga), a retired music critic from an affluent family in Recife, Brasil. As the last resident of the Aquarius building, she vows not to leave until her death. When the management changes, her daily routine is disrupted. Thinking of moments from the past, present and future the plot develops around her journey.

2. Julieta                  Country: ESPAÑA. Length: 96 mins

Spanish film director Pedro Almodóvar focuses on Julieta (Adriana Ugarte) and her daughter living in Madrid. Suffering in silence with themes of grief and abandonment, there’s a struggle to survive the complexity of life. It’s the moments we encounter that help to determine what’s important and what doesn’t matter.

3. The Handmaiden, a.k.a. Agassi  Country: REPUBLIC OF KOREA. Length: 141 mins

Set in 1930s Korea, a new girl Sookee (Min-hee Kim) is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, Hideko residing in a secluded area of the countryside. Imagine the fun as secrets unfold in this madhouse because of unexpected emotions. As always South Korean film  director, Chan-wook Park keeps the drama and romance going with his cinematic technique of smooth transitions and shots to entertain the eye.

4.  Personal Shopper            Country: FRANCE. Length: 105 mins

French film director, Olivier Assayas selected Kristen Stewart to star as Maureen, a millennial working a job she hates (big shocker there!) while trying to pay for her stay in Paris. Windows into the world of fashion’s underground scene are revealed as the film progresses.

5. The Last Face                   Country: UNITED STATES. Length: 131 mins

A love affair between a relief-aid doctor, Dr. Miguel Leon (Javier Bardem) and a director of an international aid organization, Dr. Wen (Charlize Theron) face challenges while in war-torn Liberia. In an attempt to keep their love alive, passion and the value of life intensify because of conflicting conditions. American filmmaker, Sean Penn captures hearts with this script which was created in short amount of time. Get ready to be impressed!

 

Film ~ What If

 

Directed by Michael Dowse, there’s hope for this romantic comedy, What If.

Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Wallace who is finding love stupid from his past relationship experiences until he meets someone new. When he befriends Chantry (Zoe Kazan), he begins to develop feelings for her from shared chemistry.

Together they discuss silly topics with witty banter. We’ve all been there, falling for someone you least expected.  Eventually, Wallace wonders how it’s possible and what is means to be in love with your best friend.

Definitely the film to see this weekend with that special someone. I know I will.