Bucharest, the Capital of Romania

united_kingdomBucharest used to be nicknamed the “Little Paris” during the interwar period – the buildings were fancy and there was a Triumphal Arch. The Victory Avenue was compared to Champs-Elysees.

Nowadays it’s just a cool city, with big avenues, lots of pubs and cool clubs, great restaurants and more malls than you can count on your fingers. The young generation is cool and hip, the girls are pretty and the traffic can be insane. The subway covers a big area of the capital, buses are not always on time, the prices for everything are lower than any other European capital. You can meet nice people as well as rude ones, taxi drivers may try to trick you by asking more money for the ride (especially at the airport or train station), you can eat the tastiest foods in the world, visit great museums, walk a lot and get your shoes dusty.

Romania is not among the touristic beaten paths, mainly because of bad “publicity” which many times is not justified. That’s why I want to show you how beautiful Bucharest is and hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Bucharest is a city with good and bad, with pretty and ugly. Just like any other place in the world.

romania_flagBucurestiul era numit “Micul Paris” in perioada interbelica. In ziua de azi e doar un oras cool, cu bulevarde largi, multe pub-uri si cluburi de fitze, restaurante bune si mai multe malluri decat poti numara pe degete. Generatia tanara e moderna, fetele sunt dragute si traficul poate fi innebunitor. Metroul acopera o mare parte din suprafata capitalei, autobuzele nu vin mereu la timp, preturile sunt mai mici decat in alte capitale Europene. Poti intalni oameni civilizati, dar si persoane nepoliticoase, taximetristii pot incerca sa te pacaleasca la pret, poti manca cele mai gustoase mancaruri din lume, vizita muzee grozave, poti sa mergi mult pe jos si sa iti umplii pantofii de praf.

Romania nu e tocmai pe calea batuta a turistilor, mai ales datorita imaginii negative prezentate in afara, de multe ori nejustificata, de aceea vreau sa va arat cat de frumos e Bucurestiul si sper sa il indragiti la fel de mult ca si mine.

Un oras cu rele si cu bune, cu urat si frumos. Ca oriunde in lume.

carol I Bucuresti, bibliotecaThe Statue of Carol I in front of the University Library / Statuia lui Carol I in fata bibliotecii universitare

Ateneu, Bucuresti, Romania, ParcThe Romanian Athenaeum – a concert hall in the center of Bucharest / Ateneul Roman in centrul Bucurestiului pe Calea Victoriei

scari si coloane Ateneu, BucurestiOn the stairs of the Atheneum / La soare pe scarile Ateneului Roman

coloane ateneu bucurestiThe columns of the Atheneum

Bucuresti beautiful building

Cladiri, Calea Victoriei Buildings on Victory Avenue / Cladiri pe Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei, Bucuresti The Victory Avenue / Pe Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei Capsa Hotel The Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei, Bucuresti Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei

Calea Victoriei Capsa

piata revolutiei si monumentul renasterii Revolution Square and the renewal monument / Monumentul renasterii in Piata Revolutiei

Strada Regina Elisabeta Queen Elisabeth Boulevard / Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta

Pe Kogalniceanu Kogalniceanu Avenue / Blvd Mihail Kogalniceanu

Calea Victoriei semafor

cercul militar national National Military Building /Cercul Militar National

Capsa, Bucuresti, Calea Victoriei Capsa Hotel on Victory Avenue / Hotelul Capsa pe Calea Victoriei

universitate, bucuresti The University in Bucharest / Universitatea din Bucuresti

Piata Universitatii University Square / Piata Universitatii

La universitate in Bucuresti

Cladirea universitatii, Bucuresti

Piata Revolutiei, Bucuresti, revolution Square Revolution Square / Piata Revolutiei

cladire veche si noua bucuresti A mix of old and new in the same building / Amestec de nou si vechi in aceeasi cladire

cladiri, micul Paris

biserica alba bucuresti

cuplu pe Bvd Aviatorilor A couple in love on Aviators Boulevard / Cuplu de indragostiti pe Aviatorilor

trotuar cu pista de bicicleta in Bucuresti Bicycle lane on Aviators Blvd / Pista de biciclete pe bulevardul Aviatorilor

Pista biciclete, bucuresti

Statuie aviatorilor Bucuresti

ceas Herastrau The clock at Herastrau Park / Ceasul de la intrarea in Parcul Herastrau

Arcul de Triumf Bucuresti 2014 renovare The Triumphal Arch – a smaller replica of the one on in Paris / Arcul de triumf din Bucuresti e o versiune mai mica a Arcului de Triumf din Paris

Muzeul Taranului Roman, Bucuresti The Museum of the Romanian Peasant / Muzeul Taranului Roman

Piata Victoriei, Victory Square, Guvernul, The Government Building The Governement Building in the Victory Square / Cladirea guvernului in Piata Victoriei

Intercontinental Bucuresti Intercontinental Hotel in the University Square / Hotelul Intercontinental in Piata Universitatii

centrul vechi bucuresti, romania The old Center in Bucharest / Pe Lipscani in Bucuresti, Centrul Vechi

old center Bucharest The Old Center / Lipscani

biserica stravopoleus Stravopoleos Monastery, a small church hidden in between tall buildings in the old center in Bucharest / Biserica Stravopoleus ascunsa intre cladiri inalte in centrul vechi din Bucuresti, langa Caru’ cu Bere

Manastirea Stravopoleos curte The inner courtyard of Stravopoleos Monastery

Curte manastirea stravopoleus

Stravopoleus Church, Bucharest

centrul vechi bucuresti old center Old Center in Bucharest / Centrul Vechi in Bucuresti

Casa de Economii si Consemnatiuni Bucuresti, CEC CEC Building / Palatul CEC-ului

afise, lipscani Layers of posters / Multe straturi de afise

Caru cu bere, balcon Caru’ cu Bere Restaurant

muzeul national de istorie a Romaniei, bucuresti Romania’s National History museum / Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei