I consider the ultimate rule of a blogger is to listen to his readers. So, I am decided to obey this rule.
A few day ago, Florin commented that I missed the best street, right in the middle of my route. It was about Dumbrava Roșie street. Of course, I went back, having a look for myself.
I must agree with Florin, it is an amazing and mysterious street, with great and unique buildings (you will easily recognize again the neo-romanian architectural style). And also it is so close to the Ioanid park, a small but enchanting place.
I live waiting for a better tomorrow. Nevertheless, I am an optimist. At the same time I dislike foolish optimism, without any grounds. So, I think the correct description is: I am an optimist with good reasons.
I believe in the bright future of Big Beautiful Bucharest, the town of lovers, and there are several reasons for my expectations:
1. In Bucharest, in recent years, the education of young children is continuously improving.
2. In Bucharest, more and more locals started working out. They like to practice all kinds of sports. And what is equally important, the sports and leisure infrastructure is growing.
3. In Bucharest, there are many parks, huge and small. But the most important part is that people start enjoying the stroll on a weekly basis.
For me, to write about my town means, among other things, to answer this question: What is typical of Big Beautiful Bucharest? Of course, there is no simple answer to this question. A few days ago I claimed that there is an identity marker of Bucharest – the town of lovers – that is the neo-romanian architectural style.
Right now, I am sharing with you some fresh photos from Bucharest in order to demonstrate not only that it is a town full of beautiful houses, but to convince you that the neo-romanian architectural style is a major contribution to the world’s heritage.
In the late 19th century and at the beginning of the 20th century Bucharest was under the spell of France. The culture, the daily life of the middle and upper class, and especially the architecture were French inspired. Downtown, one can easily spot a lot of beautiful houses resembling those in Paris. Partly because of this, Bucharest was and is still called Little Paris.
Simultaneously, in the same period, a new unique architectural style flourished in Big Bucharest: Neo-Romanian. It is inspired from old churches and the Constantin Brâncoveanu (Prince of Wallachia between 1688 and 1714) architectural style. The distinguished feature of the style is the massive appearance, combined with arcades and verandas and towers. The buildings transmit power and confidence, strength of character and vigor of mind.
Where to find some nice buildings representative of the Neo-Romanian architectural style? I shall give you a hint now. Take the subway and get off at Piața Victoriei stop. You will easily discover the Geology Museum
and the Peasant Museum
and the well-known Casa Doina Restaurant
and a lot of other interesting buildings located on Duiliu Zamfirescu Street or on the Paris street.
Did you come to see the city lights downtown? Then you should not miss the Bucharest Christmas Market. It is situated right in the city center, just opposite the University of Bucharest. It’s a special place, crowded with young people and students, laughing, holding their hands, sipping a cup of hot wine with cinnamon. And then they are going home, carrying out with some secrecy a little bottle of Pălincă de Bihor, a traditional brandy – the old friends know what is all about 🙂