Bucharest, Paris of the East

If you ask a random Romanian to recommend places to visit in his country, he’s likely to say “anywhere BUT Bucharest”.
I tend to disagree, and here is why. And it’s not only me, the Irish say it:

“As it did in Ireland, EU funding is already making a dramatic difference. Before the dead hand of Ceausescu descended on the country, in 1965, Bucharest was a cultured city with a buzzing cafe society, elegant restaurants, a vibrant theatre and opera scene, and friendly, open people. It was known as the Paris of the east – Romanians believe they have a particular affinity with the French – a moniker the city is working with determination to revive.”

Actually, the moniker was “Little Paris”, but still. The article from the Irish Times is here:


http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/travel/2009/0523/1224247169837.html

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