Bucharest is dynamic, energetic, and more than a little bit funky. It's where still unreconstructed communism meets unbridled capitalism, where the forces of Europe intersect with the Balkans and Middle East.
While much of the center is modern and a little bit garish, you can still find some splendid 17th and 18th century churches tucked away on quiet corners and remnants from when Bucharest was known as "The Paris of the East."
Lovely building near the square.
The Unirea Shopping Mall is a big, modern mall fronting the Unirii Square.
We were planning to go on a free two hour walking tour, meeting here at the clock at 3pm, but when 3pm came and went we looked at the website and it said tours were at 10:30am and 6pm. I swear it must have changed from when I looked because how would I have gotten 3pm? Anyway. It's all good. We explored on our own!
Fountains facing the huge 1980s apartment blocks.
The Dâmbovița River cuts through the city.
Our friends Morgan and Jordan went to Bucharest a few months ago and they went to this awesome bookstore. I knew we had to find it, stat. Located in the heart of the old town, Cărtureşti Carusel opened last year in a beautifully restored 19th century building.
Love. Absolute love.
scrapbook layout about it.
Our family in Bucharest, Romania at the Palace of Parliament on Sunday, April 10th 2016.
The building has 12 stories and 3100 rooms covering 330,000 square meters at an estimated cost of $3.7 billion. Is that all? ;)
Details of some of the fancier rooms.
In one hall there were religious posters glued to the walls. Apparently in 2002 a movie was filmed here and this was used to depict the Vatican. After the movie they tried to remove the posters, found out it was going to be difficult to do so, so they just left them up.
We were mentally prepared for a 1 hour tour according to the guidebook we checked out from the library. 3 hours later, we finished. Let's just say, our nerves were shot, especially the poor kids.
Catch up on all our adventures on OUR TRAVELS page :)