underground revolution

Posted in Bucuresti with tags , , , , , on 20 November 2011 by paulrinder


Barcelona = Parallel

Posted in Barcelona, green, Nature, Paralel, Parque, people, Spain with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 29 September 2011 by paulrinder

Early morning.

Parque del Laberint d’horta

 Tramvia Blau

Cosmo Caixa

Tropical rain forest inside CosmoCaixa.

“Down under.”

Parc Guell, view from the top.

Parc Guell, view of the top.

  (to be continued…)

Discover Photographers: ROBERT DOISNEAU

Posted in people, Photographers, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 1 September 2010 by paulrinder
 Robert Doisneau, one of France’s most popular and prolific reportage photographers, is known for his modest, playful, and ironic images of amusing juxtapositions, mingling social classes, and eccentrics in contemporary Paris streets and cafes. Influenced by the work of Kertesz, Atget, and Cartier-Bresson, in over 20 books Doisneau has presented a charming vision of human frailty and life as a series of quiet, incongruous moments. He has written: “The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected that you find in the street.”
Text from ‘The Encyclopedia of Photography’ (1984) – Robert Doisneau
 © Estate of Robert Doisneau

Kiss by the Hotel de Ville
Robert Doisneau 1950

© Estate of Robert Doisneau 


  L’Accordeoniste, rue Mouffetard
Robert Doisneau, 1951

© Estate of Robert Doisneau



  The Cellist
Robert Doisneau 1957

© Estate of Robert Doisneau





Posted in green, Nature, Romania with tags , , , , on 28 August 2010 by paulrinder








The Cycle Strongman Expedition

Posted in green, Nature, people with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24 August 2010 by paulrinder




“It began with a dream to travel the world and grew into something extraordinary; to complete an unassisted, low emission, solo circumnavigation of the planet on a humble bicycle.

Having commenced in March 2009, the Cycle Strongman Expedition (CSX) is a test both physically and mentally. The eight year odyssey will involve cycling around the globe (covering Australia, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas), sailing across two oceans and eight seas and (if luck, health and good winds have it) all the way back home again.”

Chris Roach

Founder, The Cycle Strongman Expedition





Posted in Nature, Parang, people, Romania, Transalpina with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 24 August 2010 by paulrinder

And a big thanks to the team…

Romania – Coat of Arms

Posted in Romania with tags , , , , , , on 14 June 2010 by paulrinder




The Coat of arms of Romania was adopted in the Romanian Parliament on 10 September 1992 as a representative coat of arms for Romania. It is based on the Lesser Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Romania (used between 1922 and 1947), redesigned by Victor Dima. As a central element it shows a golden aquila holding a cross in its beak and a mace and a sword in its claws. It also consists of the three colors: red, yellow, and blue, which represent the colors of the National Flag

Brief History :

The idea behind the design of the Coat of arms of Romania dates since 1859, when the two Romanian countries, Wallachia and Moldavia united under Alexander John Cuza (common English rendition of Alexandru Ioan Cuza). Then the two heraldic symbols, the golden aquila and the aurochs, were officially juxtaposed.

Until 1866 there were many variants of the coat of arms, regarding the background color and the number of times the two main elements where represented. In 1866, after Carol I was elected Prince of Romania, the shield was divided into quarters: in the first and fourth an eagle was depicted, and in the second and third the aurochs; above the shield the coat of arms of the reigning Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Family was placed.

One of the many drawings used unofficially as coat of arms (1864 – 1866)

After the 1872, the coat of arms included the symbol of Dobruja, two dolphins in the fourth quarter, and the one of Oltenia, a golden lion, in the third quarter; on the shield the Steel Crown was placed, as a symbol of sovereignty and independence, after the Romanian War of Independence.

Coat of arms of the Kingdom of Romania (1881 – 1922)

The coat of arms remained unchanged until 1922, after World War I, when Transylvania was united with the Kingdom of Romania. Then the coat of arms of Transylvania was placed in the fourth quarter, with the Turul replaced by a black aquila, the third quarter depicted the joined coats of arms of Banat and Oltenia (the bridge of Apollodorus of Damascus and a golden lion respectively), and the coat of arms of Dobruja was placed in an insertion. The shield was placed on the chest of a golden crossed and crowned aquila, as a symbol of the Latinity of the Romanians. The aquila was placed on a blue shield, capped with the Steel Crown. The coat of arms had three versions: lesser, middle (with supporters and motto), and greater (the middle arms on a mantle red lined with ermine).

The Middle Coat of Arms of the Kingdom of Romania (1922 – 1947)

After 1948, the Communist authorities changed both the flag and the coat of arms. The coat of arms was rather an emblem, faithful to the Communist pattern: a landscape (depicting a rising sun, a tractor and an oil drill) surrounded by stocks of wheat tied together with a cloth in the colors of the national flag. Until 1989 there were four variants, the first being changed shortly after 1948 (the proclamation of the republic), again changed in 1956 (a red star was added), and finally in 1966, when Romania ceased to be a People’s Republic, and became a Socialist Republic.

Coat of arms of RSR (1965-1989)


Immediately after the 1989 Revolution, the idea came up of giving Romania a new, representative coat of arms. In fact, the very symbol of the Revolution was the flag with a hole in its middle where the Communist coat of arms had been cut out from.

The heraldic commission set up to design a new coat of arms for Romania worked intensely, subjecting to the Parliament two final designs which were then combined. What emerged is the current design adopted by the two chambers of the Romanian Parliament in their joint session on September 10, 1992.