Neo-Romanian architectural style

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 Pia╚Ťa Victoriei stop. You will easily discover the Geology Museum

DSCN1855

and the Peasant Museum

DSCN1857

and the well-known Casa Doina Restaurant

DSCN1868

and a lot of other interesting buildings located on Duiliu Zamfirescu Street or on the Paris street.

DSCN1842

DSCN1845

DSCN1847

DSCN1849

Searching after beauty

I am ready to direct my attention to the beauty of the town I am living in. I feel that conducting a campaign of discovering the interesting people and places of Bucharest leads to something important. At least to me. This project, about Big Beautiful Bucharest, the town of lovers, is about focusing on good things. And I hope it can be a promising experience.

This time I shall insist on telling you about the old people from Bucharest. I want to draw your attention to the way they like to sit and wait on the benches in the parks.

I like old people in Bucharest especially in the morning, when the sun rises. I remembered my grandfather, with whom I went out to the house gate almost every morning to see how the sun rises behind a huge apple tree.

DSC01554

Photo credit: Ovidiu Negu╚Ť

Finding myself wandering aimlessly along the streets of Bucharest

I do pretend I know how to share with you the beauty of Bucharest, the town of lovers. I possess enough patience and optimism in order to identify interesting spots while walking through this town. And I want you to take part to my local strolling experience. Because in Bucharest one can come across plenty of lovely houses.

a-DSCN1820

This time I propose you to walk with me through the center of Bucharest. It is a route I traveled a few days ago. Without anticipating anything, without calculating my steps. Just enjoying the beauty of the streets. I started my journey from the Anglican Church, and then heading towards Ion Voicu Park (former Ioanid Park). I arrived in Dacia Boulevard, the place with the most beautiful buildings of Bucharest. Once in the Spain Square, I left myself lost in the streets, no longer knowing where I am going. Enjoying the tranquility, peace, autumn.

I need to share with you some of the magic of my trip through Bucharest downtown. Below you can find some fresh photos.

a-DSCN1757

a-DSCN1764

a-DSCN1769

a-DSCN1800

a-DSCN1810

a-DSCN1816

a-DSCN1826

a-traseu

Journey to the past

One of the most visited places in Bucharest, the town of lovers, is an open-air ethnographic museum located in the Herastrau Park, the Village Museum. Locals and tourists alike are always enchanted to take a journey to the past, visiting old country houses right in the middle of Bucharest.

On this sunny October day I just took some fresh photos in the Village Museum in Buharest. I invite you to have a look.

a-DSCN1448

a_resized

a-DSCN1409

a-DSCN1430

a-DSCN1471

a-DSCN1482

a-DSCN1493

a-DSCN1494

a-DSCN1510

a-DSCN1529

a-DSCN1533

a-DSCN1543

a-DSCN1547

a-DSCN1567

a-DSCN1590

How to get to the Village Museum? Take the subway and get off at Aviatorilor stop. Then head towards The Arch of Triumph. Next to the Herastrau Park’s entrance you will find the Village Museum.

harta - muzeul satului

The green town

Big Beautiful Bucharest, the town of lovers, is a green place. Where locals and tourists can have a stroll in the park, make jogging, ride their bikes (or borrow a bike for less than one euro an hour).

There are so many parks in Bucharest, so the real issue is to choose one. This time I’ll show you some beautiful places from Tineretului Park, one of the many big and tranquil parks of Bucharest. The air smells clean and sweet with the scent of wildflowers, conifers, nuts and lake (there is a lake larger than 13 hectares in its center).

Below you can find some fresh photos taken this morning in the Tineretului Park, one of the wonderful places of Big Beautiful Bucharest, the town of lovers.

DSC07796-copy

DSC07794-copy

DSC07798-copy

DSC07785-copy

DSC07795

How to get there? Take the subway and get off at the Tineretului stop. How can you get a bike? It’s so simple: just use an ID document (for instance, your passport) to rent a bike.

harta - parcul tineretului

Living in a quiet town

There are places in Bucharest perfect for little strolls in the neighbourhood. Especially in autumn, you can feel the smell of grapes, you can take a look at the beautiful houses, you can enjoy kids laugh in the park.

Do not understand me wrong. Bucharest is not always a quiet town. But there are magical places where you can enjoy the silence of my town.

Until you will come to Bucharest, let me show you some fresh photos.

DSCN1242

DSCN1248

DSCN1250

DSCN1256

DSCN1260

DSCN1267

DSCN1272

DSCN1274

DSCN1320

DSCN1325

DSCN1348

DSCN1276

DSCN1284

DSCN1346

DSCN1349

DSCN1297

DSCN1354

DSCN1356

How to get to these magical places? Take the subway. Get off at Pia╚Ťa Iancului station. And simply ask anybody about Vatra Luminoas─â neighbourhood. Romanians are very glad to give directions and talk to foreigners, in general.

harta - vatra luminoasa