Bucharest, the Capital of Romania
Bucharest 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.
Bucurestiul 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.
The Statue of Carol I in front of the University Library / Statuia lui Carol I in fata bibliotecii universitare
The Romanian Athenaeum – a concert hall in the center of Bucharest / Ateneul Roman in centrul Bucurestiului pe Calea Victoriei
On the stairs of the Atheneum / La soare pe scarile Ateneului Roman
Buildings on Victory Avenue / Cladiri pe Calea Victoriei
The Victory Avenue / Pe Calea Victoriei
The Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei
Victory Avenue / Calea Victoriei
Revolution Square and the renewal monument / Monumentul renasterii in Piata Revolutiei
Queen Elisabeth Boulevard / Bulevardul Regina Elisabeta
Kogalniceanu Avenue / Blvd Mihail Kogalniceanu
National Military Building /Cercul Militar National
Capsa Hotel on Victory Avenue / Hotelul Capsa pe Calea Victoriei
The University in Bucharest / Universitatea din Bucuresti
University Square / Piata Universitatii
Revolution Square / Piata Revolutiei
A mix of old and new in the same building / Amestec de nou si vechi in aceeasi cladire
A couple in love on Aviators Boulevard / Cuplu de indragostiti pe Aviatorilor
Bicycle lane on Aviators Blvd / Pista de biciclete pe bulevardul Aviatorilor
The clock at Herastrau Park / Ceasul de la intrarea in Parcul Herastrau
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
The Museum of the Romanian Peasant / Muzeul Taranului Roman
The Governement Building in the Victory Square / Cladirea guvernului in Piata Victoriei
Intercontinental Hotel in the University Square / Hotelul Intercontinental in Piata Universitatii
The old Center in Bucharest / Pe Lipscani in Bucuresti, Centrul Vechi
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
The inner courtyard of Stravopoleos Monastery
Old Center in Bucharest / Centrul Vechi in Bucuresti
CEC Building / Palatul CEC-ului
Layers of posters / Multe straturi de afise
Romania’s National History museum / Muzeul National de Istorie a Romaniei
I like your style. I have never been good at capturing cities in my pictures but your shots are terrific! Last year we took a trip to Bran which is not too far from Bucharest. We got lost in Bucharest though 🙂 I remember most of the places in your pictures! It seemed less organized back then! Looks like Romania got on within a few months!
First time I read Romanian, it’s a beautiful language (and to know Spanish helps to understand it a bit) and Bucuresti looks like a very romantic place.
😀 Yeah, I think it can be romantic
Another beautiful post.
I’ve never seen such beautiful images of Bucharest before. Well done at showcasing the beauty of the Romanian capital, Cory! All these years I only saw images of the massive parliament building.
Going this October 🙂 But first Brasov and Sibiu 🙂
sounds great! have fun and let me know how you liked it 🙂