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Royal Endeavors – Oviedo

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Hello darlings,

I am extremely pleased we meet again for another memorable Royal Endeavors breathtaking episode, still dedicated to Basque Country – a wonderful occasion to be grateful for the opportunities this country offered to me to get in touch with myself and to discover the many distinguished aspects of a fulfilling life.

As I have previously mentioned so many times in other travel episodes, art and beauty not only raise vibrations to a higher level of (self) consciousness and confidence but also nurture our souls with the divine energy of creation, representing the very core of a luxurious simplicity accessible to the humankind. I know I get deep but let’s hope my example will pave the way of self-discovery and personal development for some, as I believe the academic foundation of having studied Psychology and Education definitely shines out.

I am having a wonderful time lately enjoying a book of Dominique Loreau on The Art of Refinement and Luxury, preaching the priceless experiences of spicing up life with memorable but little gestures or activities that feed the soul, such as traveling to see an art exhibition, sipping coffee or tea from beautiful cups or acquiring only top quality garments which will last a lifetime. Having the chance to admire the stunning masterpieces created by blessed minds and divine hands definitely resonates to the idea of affordable luxury, whose positive impact can bring joy to any heart.

I will start this precious storytelling journey with Oviedo, the capital of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain, an elegant and enchanting city known for its medieval old town and the site of the Gothic Oviedo Cathedral with its 9th-century Holy Chamber. When describing Oviedo the words “Charming” and “Historic” always come to mind. One can feel the sense of history in every step, while discovering the impressive Old District and strolling among Palaces, Churches, Convents and ancient buildings.

We only had a few hours to wonder around, visit the Museum of Fine Arts of Asturias (one of the best in Spain) or The Archeological Museum of Asturias, the 13th century Cathedral of San Saviour and eat if we still had time therefore I sacrificed the last to fully enjoy the art.

I only had a big slice tortilla in the last 5 minutes prior to the group meeting before our departure, that being, surprisingly, the cheapest food I ever tasted in Basque Country, which I compensated with my favorite sparkling water, San Pellegrino.

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Royal Endeavors – Bilbao and Santillana Del Mar

My darlings,

It is so good to be back on track by having the uplifted, creative mood just in time to deliver the next Royal Endeavors travel episode at a relatively fast pace, highering the standards on my blog to the now optimal frequency of posting to twice a week.

I have so many great memories in Basque Country, not to mention brilliant pics taken in the time pressuring conditions of organized tours and strict timelines, that I really take my time now in having the best mood possible in order to deliver greatness and also plenty of spare time to invest in writing and editing the material in order for my experience to be conveyed properly.

This royal episode is dedicated to the delightful Bilbao and its fabulous tourist attractions, although I will only stick with the ones I had the pleasure of visiting during those few hours we had available to enjoy ourselves in this remarkable city. Of course, depending on the duration of your stay in Bilbao, you will have many more amazing opportunities to connect to its sparkling vibe and contageous positivity or to enjoy its very tempting offerings.

We will start the marvelous journey with the Santiago Cathedral in the District of Casco Viejo, whose construction began in 1397 until the beginning of the 16th century and underwent a profound reconstruction in the 19th century. This was the first attraction that involved free time allowed by the guide to get the pulse of the surroundings, which I personally invested in visiting it, as you probably already have noticed by now how much I enjoy the solemn (neo)gothic decor, the graceful quietness and the faithful resistence of such majestic temples throughout history.

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Royal Endeavors – Catedral de Burgos

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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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Royal Endeavors – Stirling Castle

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PrincessaPetra in #DanielaBarb Breathing Spaces Exclusively @ Stirling Castle 

Ladies and Gentlemen, 

Kings and Queens,

One of the glorious aspects of my intense summer was not the Sun shining onto my radiant Snow White skin, but my Soul shining from within when I was first touched ground on the mythical and mystical land of mountain wildernesses interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes), which is Scotland, my love. You would probably consider this trip to be a rather peculiar choice, considering my background of walking on the Path of Jesus in several Arabic countries, fascinated by aspects related to Life and Culture, which served their purpose of Enlightenment, but it is, nevertheless, one of the most outstanding trips I have ever had, considering the valuable Historical and Religious References which had broadened my horizons, the Myth and Glory surrounding its Land, the National Pride of its Natives, and the High Vibrational Energy I was exposed to, elements which had greatly impacted my conscience and contributed enormously to the life-changing events to follow. 

First of all, I would like to point out several aspects related to the country’s Independence, Early History, Religion, Education, National Identity, Renewable Energy and Woodland Expansion available for your general reference on Wikipedia and optimized by myself, in order to facilitate the public understanding of the general context and my personal preference for Scotland. I have only chosen information which I consider remarkable from a cultural and spiritual perspective, filtered at the level of my own Conscience and Experience, facts which have enriched my perception and awareness of Scotland being of the most valuable contribution not only to the world, but also to my Mission of Enlightenment. 

Then I would love to invite you to walk along myself onto the path of Glory of Stirling Castle, a remarkable treasure and one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. The Scenery will take your breath away, Stirling Castle being one of the most naturally well defended and largest castles in all of Scotland. Cliffs defend 75% of the castle walls and intricate and beautiful hand-woven tapestries hang on the walls of the Queen’s Inner Hall in the royal palace. They all feature the national animal of Scotland – the Majestic and Fierce Unicorn, my favorite Symbol of Love and Purity, also linked to Christianity as you will soon discover.
Buckle up and follow my lead – this is the beginning of a beautiful journey!

“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.”

Voltaire

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Royal Endeavors – The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Hello, my Imperial Unicorns!!! 💜👑💜

Welcome to my fabulous Royal Endeavors episode dedicated to one of the greatest museums I have ever visited – The Victoria and Albert Museum – which happens to be the world largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing an impressive permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects – it is absolutely free, perfectly outstanding and moreover, located in my new favorite city in the world, London – my darling!

The V&A was founded in 1852 and named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. It is located in the Brompton district of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in an area that has become known as “Albertopolis” because of its association with Prince Albert, the Albert Memorial and the major cultural institutions with which he was associated. These include the Natural History Museum, which will be the subject of yet another fascinating Royal Endeavors, the Science Museum and the Royal Albert Hall. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Like other national British museums, entrance to the museum has been free since 2001. 

Its collection spans 5,000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. The holdings of ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewelry, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs are among the largest and most comprehensive in the world.

The museum owns the world’s largest collection of post-classical sculpture, with the holdings of Italian Renaissance items being the largest outside Italy. The departments of Asia include Art from South Asia, China, Japan, Korea and the Islamic world. The East Asian collections are among the best in Europe, with particular strengths in ceramics and metalwork, while the Islamic collection is amongst the largest in the Western World. Overall, it is one of the largest museums in the world.

Prince Albert’s wish was to create a museum that would improve British industry by displaying works of art and design to educate and inspire designers, manufacturers and the public. Today, many of the UK’s national collections are housed at the V&A, alongside some of the most outstanding examples of architecture, fashion, painting, textiles and theatre and performance works. 

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Royal Endeavors – Chateau de Chantilly

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Bonjour / Bonsoir, mesdames et messieurs! 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

Pour moi, ça va trés bien! 👑🥇💃🏻
Enchanted by the Romantic Bliss of Spring Time in Bucharest, I am now gracefully equipped with an adequate mood and proper frame of mind to deliver the last part of the charming Trilogy featuring Your Serene Highness, QueenP, in the absolutely fabulous Chateau de Chantilly. 🏰🌹🏰
I had the undisputed pleasure to visit this Pearl of French Renaissance on a rainy Sunday FunDay with my Aunt D. on the 5rd of March.
According to Numerology, the 5 is extremely independent in mind and soul and surprisingly loyal. Given I was born on the 23 (2+3=5 – lol, I bet you know that better than me) of May (5th month of the year, of course), please be informed of my lifelong interest in Love, Light and Beauty, sublime traits which nurture my very Core and my infinite Dedication to God – which I would like to resemble more in terms of Moral Quality and Divine Grace than with any human. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
That’s what so “different” about me – my standards – my aim to Perfection, which is a trait that the Chosen Few can achieve. Feel the Call haha. It’s called Destiny. 👁👁👁
We might sometimes lose the way with earthly distractions but I now choose not to. 🏆🏆🏆
I actually wanted to go wild in Paris by myself on that Sunday, but Aunt D. had the brilliant idea to invite me to the very place the Chantilly whipped-cream became a legend yuuuuuummm.
Such a Godly Creation deserves a good praise and I am thankful it was invented by Royals to entertain their guests with refined luxurious experiences and distinguished Art. 🥂🌹🍓🍦🍓🌹🥂

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