June 7, 2012 |
While most of the royal goings-ons this summer take place in Britain, here's a chance to stay at a royal residence -- in Romania. But don't expect grand furnishings or elegant decor at this property in the tiny town of Viscri. Prince Charles , according to his website, over the years has taken a keen interest in historic Saxon homes that are disappearing from the Romanian countryside. In 2006, he restored the 18th century house in Viscri, which has become part of the itinerary in a tour called the Transylvania Traverse . The trip from BikeHike Adventures based in Vancouver, Canada, features 10 days of walking, mountain biking and horseback riding through the Carpathian Mountains and the Eastern European countryside.
February 9, 2012
BOOKS Debut novelist Ramona Ausubel has her characters forget time and history in "No One Is Here Except All of Us. " It's 1939, and the families of a remote Jewish village in Romania feel the war closing in around them. At the suggestion of a mysterious stranger who washes up on the riverbank, they reassign spouses, children and other marks of familial history in an attempt to keep the tides of change at bay. She will be reading and signing her novel. Skylight Books, 1818 N. Vermont Ave. 7:30 p.m. Fri. Free.
December 3, 2011 |
After appearing as James Bond in seven hit films beginning with 1973's "Live and Let Die" and concluding with 1985's "A View to a Kill," Roger Moore put his acting career on the back burner. For two decades, he has devoted much of his time to being a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, and was knighted in 2003 for his charity work. But Saturday, he returns in Hallmark Channel's holiday fantasy "A Princess for Christmas. " Moore, 84, plays the fabulously wealthy Edward Duke of Castlebury, who invites his estranged young American niece, nephew and their aunt to his castle in the snowy countryside of a fictional European country (the film was shot in Romania)
July 2, 2011 |
Bob and Mike Bryan, the identical twins from Camarillo, won their 11th major tennis title Saturday, defeating eighth-seeded Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (2), in the Wimbledon men's doubles final. It was the second Wimbledon championship for the twins, who tied Australians Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with 11 titles at Grand Slam-level events. "This is as special as it gets," Mike Bryan said. "To equal the Woodies, a team that we idolized, the greatest team in our mind, is unbelievable.
November 14, 2010
BAHAMAS Cruising With the Kids Norwegian Cruise Line's "Nickelodeon All Access Cruise" has plenty of kids' entertainment aboard an amenity-packed ship. Nickelodeon characters accompany Caribbean-bound passengers, who can experience family slimings, watch screenings of hit shows and partake in poolside "game shows. " Itinerary: New York City to Port Canaveral, Fla.; Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas; Nassau, Bahamas; and back to New York Dates: Feb. 20-27 Price: Starting at $949, double occupancy (single supplement is a tax-free $949)
August 19, 2010 |
As Romanian military and civilian officials mingled at a VIP reception aboard a yacht that belonged to executed dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, a U.S. Navy band played an American selection: the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Broadway show tunes. The occasion was Romanian Navy Day, but the message being delivered at this Black Sea port was broader than pride in the country's sailors: America, we are with you. If the musical choices weren't enough, the blunt-talking defense minister, Gabriel Oprea, made it crystal clear in his Navy Day speech, solemnly listing the names of "the heroes" who have been killed in Afghanistan.