Category Archives: Places

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:


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


8 centuries of craftsmanship

“As one wanders beyond the Carpathians as travelling from the South, he enters a different world, including from an architectural perspective. Old houses, with red tile roofs, high and imposing front gates, big framed windows on the street facing wall which are the eyes and the ears of the household spreading behind the gate, often embellished by beautiful ornaments and motifs, are part of the Transylvanian cultural identity. If we have recently spoken about Saxon painted furniture, here is a close curios look at some Saxon style houses, old buildings but full of charm.” 


Move to Transylvania

Yes, that Transylvania.

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Bran Castle

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.”


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.”

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:

Transylvania at 5am

“I like to use the rich morning and evening light for a dramatic effect. Waking up at 5 AM, searching for a view-point, waiting for the perfect light and finding an outstanding element in the landscape around me – that’s my perfect recipe for transposing my feelings and my mood into a simple photo.”

Maramureș county early mornings, with Alex Robciuc, here:, via

Magical Book-arest

“Cărtureşti Carusel, also called “The Carousel of Light”, is a monumental XIX century edifice that was transformed into a wonderful architectural jewel. It is located at the very heart of Bucharest, on a long vibrant street, in an area with coffee shops and pubs. Surrounded by the bohemian, traditional and luxury clothing stores, this bookstore will surely blend in with its innovative and elegant style.”

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The Daily Mirror discovers Transylvania

Sighisoara, Transylvania“I wandered through cobblestone streets, dazzled by the colourful medieval and renaissance architecture, the citadels on the hillsides looking down, picture-perfectly framed by the forested mountain standing tall behind.

It could have been Germany’s Rhineland or Bavaria – but I was in Romania and this was Transylvania.

Nestled amongst the peaks and plains of the Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania was once on the wild edges of Europe.”
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Meanwhile in Bucharest

Everyone living in Bucharest for a while knows its frustrations, absurdities, nerve-wecking intensity, and after a while takes them for granted. As with the nice sides of a town about which you can say anything but that it lacks character.

Foreigners about Bucharest. An independent project – very nicely done: