Greetings for 2012!

Greetings for 2012! (Neo-Romanian style panel, 1920s house, Stirbei Voda area, Bucharest, ©Valentin Mandache)

Dear readers,

I would like to wish you an excellent 2012! The photograph above presents an exquisite Ne0-Romanian style façade panel dating from the late 1920s, presenting two winged fantastic animals, half-way between lion and eagle, also known as griffin, guarding the garden of paradise, seen as a vine plant laden with grape fruit, springing up from two rope threads, a sort of local yin and yang principles. It symbolises prosperity and stability, which are, I believe, very appropriate as wishes for the new year! :)

Yours,

Valentin Mandache, expert in Romania’s historic houses