Bucharest, Paris of the East

“Romania may not be the easiest place to travel, but for adventurous souls, it’s exceptionally rewarding.

If you go, start in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. With about 2 million people, it’s a muscular and gritty tangle of buildings. It can be hard to like at first glance, but with a thoughtful look, it reveals its charms. Between the dreary apartment blocks hides an impressive architectural heritage.”

More from the Seattle Times: http://www.seattletimes.com/life/travel/bucharest-romania-little-paris-of-the-east/


Bucharest Old Town – Cameron Hewitt, Rick Steve’s Europe, Seattle Times


Move to Transylvania

Yes, that Transylvania.

More details here: http://www.transylvaniabeyond.com/

Bran Castle

“Graduation” graduates with Best Director award at Cannes

“Romania’s Cristian Mungiu and France’s Olivier Assayas (in picture) share best director prize at Cannes for this 69th edition. Mungiu, who won the Palme d’Or in 2007, was rewarded for his critically-acclaimed ‘Baccalaureat / Graduation’. (…) Other Romanian movies and co-productions were awarded during this festival”. 

More details here:


A longer review (spoiler alert!), here: http://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/19/graduation-review-cristian-mungiu-romania-cannes-2016



The crumbling beauty of Bucharest

“Imagine a city that tells a story without saying a word, a city that lets its structures narrate a history fraught with ambition, upheaval, violent oppression, and reclamation.

Imagine a city standing ponderously on a somewhat dusty crossroad of the past, the present, and the near future.

Do so, and you will be imagining Bucharest.”


Romania through Brazilian eyes

60 things Fernando from Brazil learned about Romania:

“1 – Dracula is a vampire outside Romania.
2 – The same dude, Vlad Tepes, is a national hero.
3 – While vampires drink blood, the real red thing I loved to drink was Visinata.

8 – I believe Romanians prefer to keep their floor clean rather than their lungs.
9 – Traveling in Romania is one of the best memories I have. Rivers, canyons, hills, mountains… They have it all
10 – While traveling in Romania you will go through Romanian roads. They are in good condition, but they have an absurd amount of curves.

46 – My preferred way of practicing Romanian is with drivers that have me a ride by the road.
47 – They would often say what the hell am I doing in such a country if am Brazlian.
48 – These drivers didn’t know that Romanian healthcare system is great, it has a lower murder rate than Norway and is the fastest growing economy from Eastern European countries.
49 – Generally Romanians complain about Romania. They will find a way to complain about it. Politics, economy, society…
50 – They are wrong.

All 60 here: https://www.facebook.com/ferfreud/posts/795249747224132

Dancing Bucharest

”I’m a photographer from Romania, who usually takes pictures of dance scenes at the theater in Bucharest.

Three years ago, I decided to move dancers to the urban space and created the ‘Dancing Bucharest’ project. The city is alive and spontaneous. It’s a source of pleasure and inspiration, unlike a simple studio. I felt that images had their own personality and soul.”



“When Jane Long stumbled upon a stash of old portraits by the Romanian photographer Costica Acsinte, she knew she was on to something special. So she took his pictures, coloured them in and added some bizarre props – like donkey ears, flocks of skeleton birds and pelicans wearing hats”



More about Costică Acsinte:


Things to do in Bucharest

“1. Gawk Until You Drop at the Palace of Parliament.
2. Glimpse a Piece of Old ‘Paris’

6. Indulge in 21st-Century Art

9. Drink and Dance Through the Old City

The rest till 10, with comments, from National Geographic:

The Atlas of Beauty

“The Atlas of Beauty is a project which aims to challenge the ideals of beauty dictated by the women’s fashion magazine industry.

Romanian photographer Mihaela Noroc travelled to 37 countries in search of diverse female beauties in their twenties to prove than beauty can only be measured by the eyes that are looking.”

More here:


Happy Women’s Day!

(every day should be Women’s Day, not only March 8th 😉

Funny Romanian expressions

“1. A Romanian is not “surprised”…his “face has fallen off” (I-a picat fața).

8. A Romanian is not “extremely tired” … he’s “cabbage.” His life is not “chaotic” … it’s “cabbage.” And his room is not “a complete mess” … it’s also “cabbage” (Varză).

13. A Romanian is not “crazy” … he’s “gone on a raft” (Dus cu pluta).”

This is one of my favorites. In a more extensive variant, it’s “gone with the raft on the pipe-line” (dus cu pluta pe conductă)

More here: http://matadornetwork.com/abroad/24-funniest-romanian-expressions/