City trip Bucharest: A weekend in Paris of the East
Beautiful old buildings from Jugendstil (art nouveau) to Bauhaus, sacral buildings from many epochs, besides buildings that survived the old communist system, buildings that look like old ancient temples, modern buildings – the architecture is influenced by many styles.
It feels a little bit like being in Paris, in the Balkans and in the Orient. Starting in the morning with beautiful spring weather we stroll along in the direction of the old town. On our way we get of the track and walk through backstreets that sometimes give me the feeling like being in a little village.
City trip Bucharest: Palatul Parlamentului- Palace of the Parliament
After a second breakfast in the Romanian sun in a sweet little café, we get closer to our first destination: Palatul Parlamentului – Palace of the Parliament. A gigantic, monumental construction which the former Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had torn down historic houses, churches, synagogues and parts of the old city as a sacrifice to make space for his building project. Earlier on, the palace was also known as “folks house” or “Casa Poporului” in Romanian. It is the second biggest government administrative building in the world after the Pentagon in the USA. To get an idea of the size and dimension of this building, we decide to walk along its fortified wall. In the back of the palace we see the recently contructed Orthodox church Catedrala Mântuirii Neamului Românesc – People’s Salvation Cathedral.
City trip Bucharest: Food
If you want to escape the tourist crowds of the central old town then you head towards the area of Strada Ion Bezoianu where it’s crossing Strada Lipscani where you see authentic Romanian bars and restaurants like Energiea or Origo where you can enjoy spring air outside. In Vatra nearby you will get a good variety of authentic Romanian food.
City trip Bucharest: Music
Along with modern Romanian music one can also hear Italian and Spanish lyrics in the café’s and bars. Some of the frequently heard songs that I find pleasant to hear are:
Antonia feat. Erik Frank: Matame (Spanish music)
Lidia Buble: Tu (Romanian music)
Luna: Carla’s Dreams (Moldovian Musical project)
J-AX: Tutto tua madre (Italian music)
City trip Bucharest: Walking around
As we walk along we stumble upon a local gallery and market with a Romanian art exhibition, where I find a beautiful painting to take a memory from Romania. We walk to an outdoor museum Al Satalui Dimitrie Gusti which gives us an idea of 300 folk houses (windmills, churches, houses…) from different regions and epochs of Romania.