Tag Archives: Bucharest

Why Romania is worth the trip

“It rained almost the whole time, a bone-chilling drizzle. We lost our rental car reservation because my husband and I showed up without our driver’s licenses. I cracked my ribs on a waterslide. But in the end, Romania was our best family vacation yet.

Last fall we decided to pack up our three elementary-school-age children for a week in Bucharest and Transylvania. We mapped out a journey that included a couple of days in the nation’s capital city as well as a road trip to Brasov and into the Carpathian Mountains.

Why Romania? That’s the question all of our friends asked, those who bothered to give voice to what their raised eyebrows were already saying when we told them our destination. To them, it seemed an odd spot for a European vacation. But we wanted something a little off the beaten path, and we were in search of more time in nature than we thought destinations like London or Madrid could offer.”




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


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.”


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:

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:

Happymania in Romania

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”-ness has spread like a heartfire. Nice to see happy people in


and Bucharest

Bucharest, like a local

likealocal“Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”), Bucharest, Romania’s largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis.

Romanian legend has it that the city of Bucharest was founded on the banks of the Dambovita River by a shepherd named Bucur, whose name literarily means “joy.” His flute playing reportedly dazzled the people and his hearty wine from nearby vineyards endeared him to the local traders, who gave his name to the place.”

The likealocalguide.com section on Bucharest has some pretty cool tips, if you’re planning a visit:


Thanks to the contributors!

Bucharest by drone

Blown by the wind. A beauty.

A lost city

”Andrei Pandele was a young architect when he began photographing his home country, Romania, in the 1970s. His camera captured a period of huge change under communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. For some, his stunning photos are now a painful reminder of a time of destruction, and a life lost.
Seven square kilometres of the city centre were destroyed to make way for the Palace of the People. Andrei wanted to take some pictures before old Bucharest disappeared altogether.
A city caught in its very own Armageddon. Andrei preserved a Bucharest that no longer exists – the exquisite glass-covered market, the archways, cobbled streets, the vine-clad villas, the city once called the “little Paris of the East”.”

An outstanding glimpse at life behind the Iron Curtain. Thank you BBC – link is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24368485

“Thou shalt not forget, Darie!”
(insider joke)

Photo: Andrei Pandele

Bucharest, the most interesting city in Europe

Photo: Davin Ellicson

Romania Insider guest writer Paul Wood comments on the changing beauty of Romania’s capital city Bucharest, using photographer Davin Ellicson’s pictures as a starting point.

To read the article, click here.