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“Knock, And He’ll open the door
Vanish, And He’ll make you shine like the sun
Fall, And He’ll raise you to the heavens
Become nothing, And He’ll turn you into everything.”

– Jalal Ad-Din Rumi

My beloved audience,

Welcome to another brilliant “Spiritual Fashion” enlightening episode, signed by your Hypeness, The One and Only, Higher Self(ish w/ her Energy), Queen P, hosted by the dazzling We Cafe, a cozy little piece of Heaven which accomodates creative evenings in the heart of Bucharest, this by taking into consideration I do find Tarot and Therapy to be among the extremely rewarding and highly creative fields of expertise, whose purpose is no different than my personal contribution to Humanity – self-realisation, growth and empowerment.

For this very special ocassion, I chose to dress up lightly, showcasing the impact of bold colors in creating a streetstyle that could match my increasing interest for eclectic harmony, one which could complement the warm and welcoming space of We Cafe with nothing but grace and beauty.
I am particularly pleased of how I refrained myself from adding too many eye-catching details to this styling, so I could accentuate the high class elegance of the Pringle of Scotland cashmere two tone schal. This reminds me of the greatest time I had in Scotland, an unforgettable journey and a spectacular country I would love to see again.

Photography: Volker Vornehm // @volker.vornehm

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“Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane.”
– Criss Jami

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am pleased to introduce the first photo shooting of 2020 highlightening the fabulous collaboration with my favorite photographer, Volker Vornehm, after an year (+) absence from the attention of social media.
This enlightening edition was brilliantly hosted by one of the most surprising interior decor vintage shops in Bucharest, Circa 1703-3071, a fabulous treasure hunt hidden in the proximity of Club Fabrica, where you can both admire and purchase a bold collection of peculiar ceramics and one-of-a-kind glass chandeliers and lamps, which can easily become the central piece and the big IT in your ambIenT.
It won’t hurt if you try to cast an eye around in this majestic boutique and meet & greet the lamp master – Laura Paraschiv, who was a flawless host and very sweet!

I must admit I stepped into 2020 with a big hit, as I graced Volker’s invitation to make the first working Monday of the year a memorable win, even though doing what I love meant waking up at 4 in the morning to catch the train to B City for this shooting only. After a three hours train ride, two cups of coffee and a rise of my self-esteem, I was sure I can make a blast of what I’ve got, in spite of little sleep and only two days of wardrobe brainstorming.
I might have borrowed 3/4 of my outfit from Queen Mum because style runs in the family – the skirt, the shawl and the belt do not pertain to me, but with a great chance of becoming so, if I insist.

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
– Francis Bacon

Photography: Volker Vornehm // @volker.vornehm

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Have the Courage to be Disliked

“Leaders lead in face of discomfort, leaders lead in face of disagreement, leaders lead in face of breakdown.
It’s not a convenient job, it’s a job of conviction and service.”

– Lisa Nichols

My beloved audience,

Absorbed by the delicate remembrance of royal endeavors, bathing in the afterglow of my impressions, I have disregarded the trials and tribulations of my evolution, which deserves a warm and honest praise, without a shadow of complaint – this is a future forward fashion throwback to the hype of the former days,  as my signature never goes out of style and time is just man made.

I have decided to celebrate my personal development, professional accomplishments and wellbeing through this distictive photoshooting with the world famous photographer Cornel Lazia, an artist devoted to surprise the fierceful elegance of my presence behind a healthy dosis of multi-layered animal prints.
The truth is it takes courage to unfold a character, as well as a public dosis of stamina and I have come a long way not to step into the power of my greater purpose, to which the whole Universe resonates.

I have started blogging three years ago, with three eyes on my mind to glow, since public displays of investment are quite low and shallow. My mission has always been to inspire a generous wave of personal growth, as each stepping stone we face births the context in which we become more. Some of you know I have always been more – way too much to handle when the less is more. I can’t even complain because fortune favors the bold and my voice rings the bells into the depth of your souls. That’s a gift only I can endure.

This is the story of how I grow, glow and flow.

Photography: Cornel Lazia // @kornel27

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Royal Endeavors x Absolut – The Art of Conscious Shopping

“If one cares about the earth – if one respects nature – it is better to consume vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grains. If you care about the planet and wish to adopt an earth-friendly lifestyle, it is advisable to focus only secondarily on the car that you drive, or recycling, or turning off lights and turning down heat, and primarily on what you buy at the grocery store. What we eat has a much greater impact on the environment.”
– Lisa Kemmerer

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the very special edition of Royal Endeavors, a one-of-the-kind episode but the first-from-many to follow, exclusively dedicated to promoting sustainability and the art of circular living.
For this meaningful episode I have teamed up with Absolut Vodka, whose vision of environmental protection manifests through the official launch of the limited edition Absolut Comeback bottles, made out of 41% recycled glass, just like all Absolut bottles.

Together with Absolut and empowered by their step-by-step guide to circular living, I have embarked on a personal journey to support the mission of all Recycling Heros around the world seeking to make a positive difference and bring their valuable environmentally friendly contribution to the world.

Please feel free and confident to implement any of the following small but important steps suggested by The Guide to Circular Living – the collective effort of Absolut and other inspirational minds from across the sustainability and creative industries, which brings together hacks and insights from Recycling Heros, such as zero waste pioneer Lauren Singer, environmental journalist Lucy Siegle and the founders behind brands from across the globe including Veja, Courri, Dandy Buenos Aires, The Green Hustle, Karma, Ocean Bottle, House of P and The Van Effect.

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“All the human and animal manure which the world wastes, if returned to the land, instead of being thrown into the sea, would suffice to nourish the world.”
– Victor Hugo

We will dive deeply into the Celebration of Recycling Guide by pointing out the pressure our beautiful planet is under and that every effort, even the smallest step taken into the direction of environmental responsibility counts decisively to the Greater Good of Society.

Thanks to the dedication and perseverance of Recycling Heros – brands and organisations working around the world to make life more fair, circular and clean, as well as more stylish and enjoyable, we are presented a collection of easy-to-implement life hacks, which will also remind us of the opportunity to think differently about our resources and how we consume products, as we are all invited to approach behavioral change with creativity and flair.

We will start over with some simple wins and progressing to more challenging commitments along the way.

🥤 We can all avoid single use plastic by investing in reusable water bottles and coffee cups. If they are made by steel, like The Ocean Bottle, designed in Norway, it can be reused 1000s of times. What is even cooler about The Ocean Bottle is that every bottle funds the collection of 1000 ocean-bound plastic bottles in rivers and coastal communities around the world. Win-Win! Also, you don’t really need that plastic straw when you go out to drink responsibly, do you?

👚 There is no need to compromise our fashion style when we seek to support environmental care, but we could plan to rewear each piece multiple times, a small hack to avoid energy and water consumption so we should get ready to set a new personal record for number of wears before the pieces hit the laundry.

👜 A new popular trend in Romania is the the intent to drive single-use plastic shopping bags to extinction. This can be done by carrying our own cloth foldable version in our pockets, not only for shopping groceries, but for clothes and household items, too.

🍊 In order to avoid plastic use for wrapper fruits and vegetable, we can try buying directly from a local farm and farmer’s market that is plastic free.

🦷 Unfortunately, almost every disposable plastic toothbrush we’ve ever owned still exists, therefore a good solution would be swapping out the plastic disposable toothbrush for a bamboo version, whose nylon bristles could be cut off in order for it to be also used as a plant market, when we need to replace it.

🚴‍♀️ The best choice in the line of low impact to environment is cycling, which also proves to be very beneficial in the transformation of cities towards a safety driven approach to transportation.

🚰 There is no need to buy water bottles when the municipal one is treated to drinkable standards, a detail which can always be checked with the local water company if we are unsure. Moreover, if prefer water cold but intend to prevent the waste of tap water until it is cool, we can always pop the glass in the fridge.

🛒 Another simple measure we can take is to prioritize glass, paper and aluminum when we are shopping, because glass jars can be rinsed clean and reused or put into recycling when we have finished with them, while paper and aluminium are often more easily recycled than different types of plastic. To ‘live circular’, we need to choose simple materials that we know can be recycled into other products.

🚃 We can commit to making three journeys pollution-free every week by walking, cycling, taking the bus or using public transport, instead of jumping into a taxi or our own petrol or diesel car.

🌳There are many opportunities to support positive change with every step we take or even with every click we make, such as using a search engine that does something positive for the planet. For example, the revenue from searches made on Ecosia goes to planting trees. There are also music festivals and gatherings around the world supporting this movement.

🤳 We should take every opportunity we can to save energy. Mobile phones are more energy efficient than TVs or laptops, so we can use the phone for streaming. Also, streaming from Wi-fi uses less energy than using 3G or 4G.

🍓 Given the unfortunate fact nearly 50% of all the fruit and vegetables grown in the world are wasted, we can initiate a zero waste approach by starting small. As it is easy to forget to eat fruit, we can give it a second change when it goes past its best by chopping it up and freezing it to be used later in smoothies. Whether we’re pickling, fermenting or just simply freezing, we can all learn to respect our ingredients, live seasonal, buy local and preserve.

🍽 A life hack to little waste is the investment in store-cupboard essentials that are multi functional and natural, such as baking soda, which is one of the most versatile tools and totally plastic free, an antibacterial and a salt which can be used for everything from a spot treatment to a scuff remover and deodorant.

👓 Eye glasses can be both a fashion statement and an eco-friendly alternative to disposable contact lenses. Research from Arizona University shows that billions of contact lenses are being washed into waterways each year, where they degrade into tiny pieces of plastic called micro plastics.

👗 Taking into consideration the world produces over 100 billion new garments using resources like water, energy, cotton and oil and we’re increasingly trashing our clothes after they’ve hardly been worn, we can devote to cherish them more by using the ‘30 wears rule’ to slow down the cycle. If we can’t commit to wearing a new piece of wardrobe we intend to buy for more than 30 times as an absolute minimum, we don’t really need it and must walk on by.

🍔 Meat and dairy can be stretched by mixing with other ingredients; for instance, when making hand-make burgers, meat can be mixed with half seasoned and cooked mushrooms; butter can go further by mixing in olive oil.

👞 If something gets broken, we should make three attempts to get it repaired, whether we are talking about hair straighteners, a bicycle or a sports shoes where the sole has fallen off. Keeping stuff in circulation is key in our mission towards a more circular world, which also empowers small organizations like Community Repair Cafes, where those who are good at mending volunteer their time.

💆‍♀️ Beauty routine can be made more circular by swapping out single-use cotton wool pads (which normally contain some plastic) with reusable pads or cloths made from from organic cotton. We can also exclude wet wipes from the routine, as they are made of plastic polymers, do not degrade and can cause havoc when flushed into sewerage systems.

👔 Laundry habits can be changed by using grated laundry soap instead of commercial powder, and white vinegar instead of fabric softener to make a standard wash greener. Given the fact the delicate wash cycle in a washing machine can release up to 800,000 tiny fragments of microplastics into waterways and use twice as much water as a standard laundry cycle, it is also recommended to hand wash our delicate pieces of clothing in the sink.

🧖🏻‍♀️ Changing the beauty consumers’ behavior can proceed by swapping in a good old fashioned bar of soap and shampoo and conditioning bars, instead of taking in a multitude of different plastic bottles. Please remember planet-friendly showers are 3-5 minutes long!

🌴 A great environmental awareness skill we should start developing is taking note of the ingredients labels on food, clothes and cosmetics. As palm oil – an ingredient
in so many of our consumer products, including soap and potato chips – is connected with driving deforestation and habitat loss, we can avoid using it by checking the words Palm, Stear, Laur or Glyc on the labels.

🍶 To be truly circular we not only need to recover and recycle materials but transform the recycled content into new things. Absolut celebrates recycling with the new limited edition bottle that is made with more than 41% recycled glass, just like all Absolut bottles. Finding value for other types of waste is also a commitment made by environmental initiative Healthy Seas, which works with volunteer divers to recover lost fishing nets made from plastic that are then regenerated into brand new yarn (everything from socks to jackets made from recovered marine plastics).

We have to make the best of what we have in order to achieve our true potential are words to live by in what concerns sustainability, a movement which spans larger than just being resourceful about food. If we want something to be sustainable we need balance, making sure the resources needed don’t outstrip
the resources available.

🧶 Knowing how to sew a hem or mend your trousers is empowering! Once we are able to make simple alterations, a whole world of second hand thrift-store clothing opens up to you because we don’t need to search for the exact size anymore.
To be noted, the secondhand economy – a $24 billion market as of 2018 – is projected to grow to nearly 1.5 times the size of fast fashion (retailers with high turnaround and lower prices, like Zara and H&M) within the next 10 years, hitting a $64 billion evaluation, thredUp reports.

🌊 We can all contribute to cleaning movements and initiatives happening in our areas, whether in cities or at the beach, since 8-12 million tons of plastic enter the global ocean system every year. Far from being just litter picking, the initiative of the international beach clean movement brings people together to collect and analyse rubbish from beaches all over the world, their valuable collected data being used to turn the tide on plastic waste around the world.

🥦 Every kitchen needs a bit of greenery, so why not grow herbs at home in a simple plan pot? They can last for months and regrow nicely. And let’s not forget the decorative factor, too.

✈️ By planning purchases ahead and being a less demanding online shopper, when choosing a longer delivery time, we contribute less to the increased demand for carbon-intensive air freighted goods provided through the super fast, premium delivery services.

👖 As jeans are thirsty items, using 919 gallons of water in their lifetime per pair, we should wear them as long as possible between washes. Nearly a quarter of that water consumption depends on how we wear them and for how long. The tip to freshen up jeans some re-wearers swear by is putting jeans in the freezer to freshen or hanging them outside to diminish bacteria.

👣 We are also encouraged to travel local and take it slow, while exploring our surrounding landscape or local attractions without having to use the plane to enjoy nice spots and visit places.

👘 Unfortunately fashion is one of the most polluting industries on earth therefore we all could use creativity to add value to old pieces by transforming them, for instance using eco-friendly dyes to create a pattern on a stained T-shirt.

💨 Another way to stay fresh, natural and keep a zero-waste standard is by making your own deodorant in a reusable glass jar, by mixing 2 tablespoons of arrowroot powder, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of shea butter and adding 5-10 drops of essential oils, as per Lauren Singer’s recipe.

🍂 As the humble backyard compost bin is the unsung hero of sustainable living, it is also where we can convert coffee and tea grounds, leaves and fresh grass into rich mulch that can be dug back into soil during the growing season.

💻 It is important to be keep ourselves informed from reliable and scientific sources about the environmental politics of our national government and how it is taking action to confront the climate crisis. We can always demand change and actions to be taken if we feel there isn’t enough progress.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 When we have done everything we can individually, we should think of how we can be part of something bigger, by plugging into local and global campaigns for change, as collective action is how we can get greater results.

I will also add my personal contribution to support sustainable fashion by bringing to light some aspects everybody should hear in order to be stylish and still lower the impact fashion has on the environment. We have already discussed how to avoid resources consumption, the 30 wears rule of new items and the involvement of creativity and the impact of transformation in giving clothing a new opportunity to shine.

Although I do not refrain from buying new fashion items, I prefer pre-owned and vintage clothing as it had already proved to be quality high and resistant in time.
I refresh thrift garments by bringing them to eco-friendly professional washing and treating soft materials with lanolin in order to span their lifetime in my wardrobe.
I also do not throw away clothing – I either donate it or use certain natural fabrics as cleaning cloth.

🕯Since we have discussed washing clothes already takes a toll on the environment through the use of water, electricity and toxic detergents, we can always switch to green laundry detergents.

💡 We can always show appreciation to brands which are considerate of humanity and environment by knowing which philosophy to support through our purchases.

💰 Whether through swapping items or making pre-owned shopping choices, we can save the negative impact of production, as the items we buy already exist. Quality is key in slow fashion, an environment friendly movement as it involves the production of fewer items. Of course, it is a rather difficult approach if we change styles, but that is why smart investments should be made in items that never go out of fashion.

🎓 Ensuring fair wages supports education and directly improves worker’s quality of life, promoting happiness and less conflicts in the world. It is always wise to check a brand’s “About Me” website section to see how well treating employees fairly fits into their philosophy.

🍄 The negative environmental impact caused by animals dying and suffering for the sake of fashion can be prevented by going vegan. Of course, this requires a bit of awareness and further label checking, as only innovative materials like pinatex, lenzing tencil, cork, seacell, mycoworks (mushroom skin) and brands that use recycled materials do have a positive impact on the environment. Plastic and non biodegradable alternative fibers used to replace animal based products don’t.

🛫 Local production proves to be environmentally friendly as well in the line of fashion, as it involves less CO2 put out by transportation and supports small businesses and local designers.

🥋Although I am not a great fan of Minimalism, having as little as possible drives less consumption. The only possible way to do it right is not by discarding the non-essential but by wearing what you already have as much time until you need another item of the same kind.

👕 Organic (cotton) is always better, as well as tencil, lensing, and hemp which offer comparable qualities and need less water for production. Organic cotton saves us from pesticides, it is better for our health, the land of the farmers and wildlife, if it is not dyed and treated with toxic chemicals. It still involves a significant water consumption. For example, producing just one kilogram of cotton takes 20 thousand liters of water.

🤷‍♀️ Recycled materials, however, are waste reducing. With recycled PET we become less reliant on on fossil fuels, which leads to the reduction of GHG emissions. Since these can sometimes use as much water and chemicals as producing new items, we should deeply consider if the quality of the new item made of recycled fabrics will last more than just a few seasons and it is not a time bound design.

💯 Only 100% materials can be recycled, as there is no technology at the moment to separate blended fibers (mixed materials). This means we should turn away from pieces which are, for example, 80% cotton/wool/anything and 20% something else.

These being said, I hope you have enjoyed this powerful read on sustainability and find the lifestyle hacks easy to implement. Every action towards environmental responsibility makes a difference and together we are even more powerful and committed to come forward to rejoice, as by every choice we make, the Earth is becoming greener.

“The paradox of life lies exactly in this: its resources are finite, but it itself is endless. Such a contradictory state of affairs is feasible only because the resources accessible to life can be used over and over again.”
– I.I. Gitelson

Yours Faithfully,
The Queen of All Queens,
Your beloved Highness,
Princess P.
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Royal Endeavors – Monumentalist Craiova

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“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 – Basque Country

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Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to the much expected last Royal Endeavors episode, dedicated to my excellent travel experience and spiritual journey in Basque Country.

We have come a long way together to finally reach this milestone. You know how much I appreciate your patience – I am also deeply involved in the process of living consciously and mindful so please feel free to highly appreciate my time investment and persistant dedication to follow my passion against all odds – there have been quite a few. I am glad the challenges stopped. I am thankful it’s still Mercury Retrograde going on so I somehow have the proper mood to deliver what I have started a long time ago. As much as I would have prefered to split this blog post in a couple of them more, I feel I deserve some space to breathe after I deliver my adventures in wonderland therefore I will keep it cool and short.

What’s being served this time? Everything on point. Let’s dive deep into my cultural tripping around the world with (even) more cathedrals and museums. I know. Just when you though I had seen them all… Today’s menu consists of my delightful experiences in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Valladolid, Pamplona and Palencia. I will start the journey of a thousand pictures by telling you a funny story of how I got stuck between four closed doors in Catedral de Pamplona for a little while, with low phone signal and literally no one to shout to for help. Nothing to worry about. I didn’t panic much either, I thought it was kind of symbolic to whatever life situation I had put myself through and I needed to get out of. I literally can’t stop thinking about a basic coaching question whenever something out of the ordinary happens: “What is this trying to teach me?”. That’s the perfect way to cool off.

So I called our official guide for help after three failed attempts due to the low signal in the two squared meters dark chamber located in a corner of an impressive cathedral which had only a few visitors during the siesta time, but as soon as I heard it could take 10 minutes for him to reach me, the perspective of being stuck there for too long didn’t feel enlightening enough so I finally pushed an enormous door a little bit harder and got myself out. I never shouted for help but I hardly doubt anyone could have heard me. The curious thing is that the door I went through was one of no return. The other two seemed not to have been used at all so there was only one I could possibly use, which was ceiling high and faced the entrance of the cathedral. It was probably a centuries old original intricately carved massive wooden door. I was also extremely happy to have done so by myself, without panic, suffering an anxiety attack or needing extra help. I’ve noticed this aspect about myself – I have no problem to ask for help if I can’t do something on my own but I happen to do that just to know there’s a safe net in case I need it. I rarely get to use it though but the possibility gives me confidence to be in charge of the situation. That’s all I need. I guess everybody needs someone to count on, after all.

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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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