Book Review: The White Queen – Philippa Gregory

I started out with an interest in the Elizabethan era and then moved back to the time of Henry the VIII and now Philippa Gregory has taken me back to the War of the Roses. The Plantagenet era, before the Tudors, is less well-known as is Elizabeth Woodville, widowed Lancastrian who woos the newly crowned King Edward of York with her beauty. Not only does she get her lands back for…

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Sibiu, Romania: The Capital City of My Heart – Upper Town

I have traveled to quite a few cities in Europe, including some of the greatest such as the City of Romance – Paris and the Queen of Cities – Prague, but there is no city that has captured my heart like the city of Sibiu. Sibiu was the European Capital City of Culture in 2007 and after spending a mere ten minutes in the city I could instantly see why.…

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Rasnov – A transylvanian town in Romania

Râşnov (pronounced Rash-nov) is like Braşov’s little brother who lives 15 km away. Not only does their name sound alike, they are from the same family (Transylvania), but they also have some similar characteristics. So they are both fans of Hollywood? No, not really. But they are both medieval Romanian cities. I didn’t visit the modern city of Râşnov, but I did spend a few hours in the citadel/fortress (cetatea), which was…

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