On the road in Moldova

We traveled to the province of Moldova recently (not the Republic of Moldova, the province of Moldova, which is part of Romania, as was the Republic of Moldova at one time), and while on the road, I recorded these videos. The first is of the sunrise somewhere between Iasi and Piatra Neamt. I processed this [...]

Espresso at Pizzeria New Croco

We stopped at Pizzeria New Croco in Cluj-Napoca last night, around midnight. Among other things, I ordered my usual espresso. It had a strong taste, the right aroma, a bit on the bitter side, but it was what I needed to keep me awake for a night trip that would last another few hours. Taste-wise, [...]

Espresso at Pensiunea Stejarul

A few days ago, on Tuesday, we'd woken up early to drive to Cluj, and we were passing a place I'd often wanted to stop at, but never found the time. The place is called Pensiunea Stejarul, and they're open 24/7. The setting for this restaurant is quite beautiful. It's high up on the tallest [...]

Espresso at Hotel As

The photo you see below doesn't tell the whole story, but I like photographing espresso cups, what can I say... It was a little past 6 o'clock in the morning this past Thursday, we'd been driving all night, it was snowing and freezing outside, there was black ice on the road, and we needed some [...]

The winter road trip

After a cross-country trip through Romania to visit family for Christmas, our car's on-board computer told us we logged 1,560 km (969.34 mi). I was already a big fan of our VW Jetta TDI, but now I like it even more. Our average fuel consumption was 6.1 l/100 km (38.6 mpg) while our average speed [...]

The Italian road trip

We came back yesterday morning from a wonderful week-long road trip through Italy. We started out in Pisa last Wednesday, February 18th, and returned from that same city yesterday, on February 25th. Before we left, we mapped out a circular route that cut through the following regions: Toscana, Emilia Romagna, Veneto, Marche, Abruzzo, and Lazio. [...]