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Royal Endeavors – Monumentalist Craiova

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PrincessaPetra @ Nicolae Romanescu House, Craiova

“If we, citizens, do not support our artists, then we sacrifice our imagination on the altar of crude reality and we end up believing in nothing and having worthless dreams.”
– Yann Martel

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me a great sense of accomplishment to present this enlightened Royal Endeavors episode, marked by the Monumentalist guided tour of my controversial yet distinguished hometown, Craiova, an exclusive blog post lovingly dedicated to my grandfather, Mugur Iordache, who had recently and graciously stepped into the eternal dimension.

He was a brilliant mathematician and a highly-reputed professor, with a remarkable career which spaned over decades of proudly serving his community by educating many generations of young minds to master the complexity and art of mathematics.

He lead a very respectful, organized life, beat collon cancer for good over thirteen years ago with much pride and courage and never stopped challenging his strength to walk for miles every day in the park until his last one, leading everyone by the power of his example of never giving up.

He was also my greatest Social Media admirer, always dropping encouraging comments while showing off my pics to my grandmother, therefore I strongly feel there is no better ocassion to pay homage to his loving memory than to dedicate the exclusive Monumentalist Craiova fabulous episode to him.

Firstly because there are many misconceptions about my home town, mostly based on violent incidents and bad news in the media, which denigrate its noble and rich intellectual history and elegant architectural legacy. Unfortunately, ordinary people who feed on such news may have no idea about the important landmarks the 6th largest city of Romania prides itself with.

There are countless historical and cultural sites in Craiova that can keep the traveler intrigued therefore my goal is to surprise my audience and lastingly impress it with some of the most somptuous edifices worthy of its time and attention, landmarks which I had the absolute pleasure of visiting during the Monumentalist Tour.

This eclectic journey would not have been possible without the initiative of AIO living and the brilliant guidance of Alexandru Buzatu, my former high school colleague, brilliant architect and devoted guide and of course, the Monumentalist movement.

Let’s now proceed with the discovery of the wonderful Craiova city.

“In Europe the rich are refined enough to act as if they’re not wealthy. That is how civilized people behave. If you ask me, being cultured and civilized is not about everyone being free and equal; it’s about everyone being refined enough to act as if they were. Then no one has to feel guilty.”
– Orhan Pamu

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Royal Endeavors – Catedral de Burgos

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#PrincessaPetra x #CatedralDeBurgos #GloryToTheHoly #Proph3ticJustice

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome back to the much expected but less anticipated Royal Endeavors eclectic episode which marks the beginning of the fabulous birthday adventures I recently had in Spain and Basque Country, by starting with a visit at the breathtaking Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos.

First I would like to mention this trip is featured and available in the Senior Voyage offer proposals of Christian Tour, one of the most appreciated travel agencies in Romania and the one in charge of most of the cultural trips I had taken with my parents, which we had very much enjoyed.

The greatest thing about these trips, except the destination, are the well-prepared and considerate guides, armed with impressive knowledge, patience and flawless people skills, the optional daily organized trips, which can be quite fast-paced, sometimes exhausting but incredibly rich in cultural and religious tourist attractions and the senior tourists accompanying us, which are absolutely delightful, to my opinion – witty, mannered and high spirited, just as I wish some people of my age would be. Honestly, I always prefer to be surrounded by younger or elder people I have much to learn from.

After waking up at 4 in the morning on the day of the departure, which was not my greatest pleasure (neither 7 or 8 is), we arrived with a Tarom flight to Madrid, where a brand new and fully equipped Christian Tour travel bus was waiting to take us to Comillas, a lovely municipality in Cantabria, northern Spain, set to be our residential town for the next seven days. We were part of an ideal group of 17 people, accommodated in a 54 seats bus so just imagine the discretion, space and comfort each of us had plus time to get to know each other.

With these being said, I will dedicate an exclusive Royal Endeavors blog post to the wonderful Comillas separately, as it hosts several architectural marvels, including one of the few villas designed by Antoni Gaudí outside of Catalonia – the exquisite El Capricho – spacious, intimate and delightful, an exquisite summer residence adorned with the Sun Flower symbol. Stay tuned for more!

Before going any further, deep diving into the historical background of Catedral de Burgos – the first gothic cathedral of the Peninsula – I would like to point out the outstanding psychological factor of seeing such a majestic ornamented interior has on my personal state of being. This is simply a personal experience based on keen observation, combined with a little bit of self-awareness, sprinkled over the refinement of my tastes through time.

I do understand other architectural currents such as minimalism but they are not really my cup of tea. Speaking about tea, the fact that I adore a smokey black African one gives a great suggestion on my preference for any art form which is oppulent, highly decorated, heavy in details, bursting with symbolism and myth in front of my very eyes. This heavy art with a twist of myth and magic is what truly energizes me, especially on my arrival in Spain, after a too early morning start and quite a long journey – not the big empty spaces in fancy “greige” (grey+beige) marble shades but the Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles intertwined to shine light upon this  reigning beauty of Castile and León, the impressive Metropolitan cathedral of Burgos, groundbreaking in 1221.

Built over more than four centuries, the Cathedral bears testimony to the creative genius of architects, sculptors, and craftsmen throughout these periods.

The monument is an extraordinary summary of European Gothic influences, which can be admired in every component of the structure, from the facades and chapels to the stained glass windows and sculptures and contains all key attributes to express its Outstanding Universal Value, having been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

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On the Law of Change.

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Charles Chaplin – A Beauty with Doves (19th century)

Dear ladies and gentlemen,

Happy Happy 2019!!! I am confident this will be an exceptional year for all of us, sprinkled with high levels of awareness, creativity, talent, self-confidence, enlightenment, important breakthroughs, countless blessings and endless opportunities to shed the aged thinking and behavior patterns, along with 365 chances to be truthful to ourselves and others and daily manifest Joy, success and abundance into our lives. 

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”

Benjamin Franklin

This is my first spiritual blog post of 2K19 and it gives me nothing but a great sense of reverence towards the Universe for the inspiration to deliver it to you in the first month of the year and initiate its manifestation into writing on the 11th day. 

You do know how fascinated I am with synchronicities and numerology, therefore it shouldn’t come as a great surprise this particular day is charged with the great energy of alignment. Moreover, I am delivering this spiritual guidance on my 3rd year blog anniversary. I had no idea I started it on the 13th of January but WordPress just reminded me of this precious notification highlighted in fuchsia. I have no idea if I chose the color myself or it is one of the Universe’s great mysteries but it surely gives me hope for the best (as always), as well as the white dove appearing in my dream last night. I am not sure if I have mentioned the two eclipses of this month yet but there is serious astrological evidence there is real magic floating in the fresh air of winter. There is also an abundance of snow beautifying the grey streets of Bucharest, while I am hanging out most of my time with my precious puppy, Joy. 

“Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.”

― Eckhart Tolle

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Royal Endeavors – Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Just when you probably thought the Royal Endeavors – Scotland adventures got all of my creative juice flowing while enchanting your perception in my previous yet marvelous episodes, I dare to challenge you again with yet another fantastic masterpiece revolving around one of Glasgow’s most popular free visitor attraction – Kelvingrove Art Museum and Gallery. 

By now, you might be well aware of the awe, amazement and respect I proudly stand in for Scotland, a country which I solemnly appreciate for its magical, mythical and mystical relevance and absolutely praise for its healthy endeavors, such as doctors prescribing quality time to be spent in nature for a series of conditions raging from depression to diabetes and treating knife crime among young people as health issue, an inspired strategy which has led to a dramatic decrease in stabbings across the country. If these facts don’t impress you, I don’t know what will but I am giving it a try anyway.

By now, I have taken you higher on the wings of good fortune and wild imagination above two of Scotland’s most famous and impressive castles, Stirling and Inveraray. We have admired the world famous Unicorn Tapestries together and cat-walked elegantly through extravagant decors pertaining to the iconic Duke of Argyll Gothic Revival country mansion, we have deepened the symbolical meaning enriching the historical references and mystified every peculiar detail in order to set the tone high for the fabulous surprises forthcoming. 

Now it is time for another superb jewel embellishing Scotland’s crown of significance, the outstanding Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the country’s most visited free attraction. With 22 themed, state-of-the-art galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects, the collections are extensive, wide-ranging and internationally-significant, as you will have the pleasure to discover in my dedicated blog post.
They include natural history, arms and armour, art from many art movements and periods of history and much more. Welcome to Heaven, my Lords of the Isles!

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Royal Endeavors – Inveraray Castle

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PrincessaPetra x #BeKindForReal #TheSun Exclusively @ Inveraray Castle

Hello, sweethearts!!! 👑

Welcome back to another splendid Royal Endeavors episode regarding my fabulous adventures in Scotland, dedicated to the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, Chief of the Clan Campbell and the iconic, must-see visitor attraction on the West Coast of Scotland – the one and only marvelous Inveraray Castle. 

Inveraray Castle has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. A visit to this Gothic revival style country house gives an incredible insight into the history of the Campbells, once the most powerful clan in the Highlands. There’s amazing art everywhere, from the displays of Campbell family portraits through history to the lavishly painted interiors. You’ll see work by Thomas Gainsborough, John Hoppner and French artists Girard and Guinard, whose only work survives at Inveraray. 

Perhaps it was the French artistic touch and the baroque glamour of the interiors, the exquisite china and Highland ghost stories that fascinated me instantly when stepping into the extravaganza of this Royal residence, but that is not surprising at all considering the fact I was only surrounded by Art and Beauty. No wonder this envy-inducing castle has been selected as one of the 10 magnificent castles to explore in the old country of Scotland by CNN, precisely on National Tartan Day. 

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Hello, my cosmic sweethearts!!! 💜💜💜

It has been a long time since I last enchanted you with my divine appearance and I have a perfectly reasonable explanation for it – I have decided to end my unfulfilling job contract in a professional domain I do not believe in and focus my Time, Energy, Natural Skills and Enthusiasm on the Art of Enlightening people on their own path to achieve Peace, Love, Success and Greatness using the Power of my Example.
I don’t believe in receipts for success therefore I would rather learn my personal lessons and share my enriching experiences for everyone to filter through the prospects of their own further advancement.
For the past months, I have challenged myself to keep you updated on the cultural affairs and welfare of my Royal Endeavors journeys of discovery and self-actualization in Paris and London – I still have brilliant surprises to share regarding my trip to Scotland, one of the most outstanding spiritual experiences I have enjoyed during this tumultuous summer. 
The eclipse season is finally over therefore it’s the proper time to reap what we have sown for so many years.

Fashion Designer: Daniela Barb // #danielabarb
Photography: Volker Vornehm // #volkervornehm
Fashion Styling: Petra Paitici // #princessapetra

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Royal Endeavors – The British Museum

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Dear ladies and gentlemen,

It is time for yet another fabulous blog post on one of the most intriguing museums in the world – the one and only British Museum – a symphony of cultures and one of London’s most treasured jewels which I had the pleasure and honor to visit during my short, yet amazingly graceful visit during my birthday weekend.

I recall arriving at the British Museum on the very first day fully spent in London, right after the shopping spree on Carnaby Street. I was already satisfied about going to the Too Faced Store, receiving compliments from strangers on the street and the Sun shining brightly in what I thought to be a gloomy London. It was a warm spring day, I was boosting with Energy and I was pretentiously wearing a full pink outfit and sequins for this special ocassion.
This color does wonders on me and it has a healing effect on everyone who sees me.

I will not go a paragraph more without metioning how magical London is in terms of the quick manifestation of my wishes and dreams. If you can imagine the Power of Intention and the Law of Attraction going hand in hand at full speed, it was enough just to think about something in order to notice it simply happening.
Never have I ever encountered such a powerful Energy but in England and Scotland – God bless the Queen. 

This time, I clearly stated my wish to see the Egyptian Art collection held by the British Museum, as I have learnt at the Cairo Museum in Egypt I had much to see. It never ceases to amaze me how much Beauty there is to see diving deep into the Art of Egyptology. I am simply fascinated by their culture and civilization – I will always remember how Tutankhamon’s treasure changed my perception and revolutionized my vision on Art, Color, Design, Texture, Manufacture and nevertheless, Wealth and Beauty, and yes, I am aware historians do not even consider him one of the richest Pharaohs/Kings that existed. I was pleased to see that, in spite of having an impressive collection of artefacts indeed, the most important ones (for my consideration) are still held dearly in Egypt. I also payed much attention to Persian Art, as it is one of the finest and most intriguing. 

I, as any other citizen of high culture with a strong sense of national identity, would like the treasures of a country to be maintained at origins and only temporarily be displayed in other contexts per request, contract and mutual agreement. I was displeased to learn Nefertiti’s bust is held in Berlin’s Neues Museum. My wish is for the world treasures must be returned to their rightful owners. Considering the Royal status of England, London being one of the richest and most cosmopolitan chic cities I have ever visited, this won’t be much of a problem – not in terms of wealth, nor for its image, I believe – the British Museum will still be one of the most visited venues in the world, with a big gain in reputation and therefore popularity.

We will now embark on an astonishing mission to discover The British Museum’s most precious artefacts in the line of Egyptology but not before revealing not only some general but some intriguing facts about it, as well.

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