|Write Your Name
|The photos on this page were taken in the countries of Romania and Hungary.
Many are from Romania's historical district of Transylvania - an area known
for its dramatic landscapes, rich cultural heritage and fascinating history.
|When I was searching for quotes for this page, I ran across the following, penned by an
unknown author: "Write your name in kindness and mercy on the hearts of those with whom
you come in contact year by year. For a long time to come, your name and deeds will be
as legible on the hearts you leave behind as the stars on the brow of a summer evening."
|It brought to mind something I once read about actor, David Niven. I did a quick
search and found the incident related in an online biography: "At David Niven's funeral,
the largest wreath was from the porters at London's Heathrow Airport; the card read:
'To the finest gentlemen who ever walked these halls. He made a porter feel like a king.' "
|You could engage the greatest orators of our time to deliver the most eloquent eulogies,
but I don't know that any finer words of tribute could ever be offered than those sent
by the grateful porters of Heathrow Airport. It's clear that Mr. Niven knew well how to
write his name in kindness on the hearts of those he met. -- Nancy
|Photos above and below are of St. Adalbert's Basilica in Esztergom, former capital
of Hungary. It's the largest building in the country and the 18th largest cathedral in
the world. There have been churches on this spot since 1010; previous buildings
were damaged or destroyed, but always repaired or restored. The last construction
occurred in the 1800's. I love the picture below of the church's domes in the mist.
|Never stop learning and adapting. The world will always be changing. If you limit
yourself to what you knew and were comfortable with earlier in your life, you will
grow increasingly frustrated with your surroundings as you age. -- David Niven
|There are millions of people who live narrow, frustrated lives, simply
because they take a defensive, doubtful attitude toward themselves and
and life in general. Our outlook on life is a kind of paintbrush and, with it,
we paint our world. -- Earl Nightingale
|Above, Bran Castle in Transylvania, often referred to as "Dracula's Castle." This link to
Bram Stoker's fictional character of Dracula came about because there's some evidence
that Stoker based Count Dracula on Vlad, III (1431-1476), better known as Vlad the
Impaler. Vlad, III used this castle as a residence during his raids into Romania.
|It's not too late to be what you might have been. -- George Eliot
|In 1920, the castle became the principal home of Romania's Queen Marie. It was seized in
the Communist take-over in 1948. Rights to the castle were restored to the queen's heirs
in 2006 and her grandson, an architect living in New York, has turned it into a museum
dedicated to the area's history and displaying his grandmother's furniture and medieval
art collection. Below, one of the castle's bedrooms.
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