I always say it is important to look up at the sky. As far as I am concerned I succeed in turning this rule of sky-looking into a way of life. And maybe I shall convince others to follow me.
Yesterday, while I was driving home, my habit of sky-looking produced a nice surprise. A mysterious big knight with a hammer almost frightened me as it stood on a house roof. Right in the middle of Big Beautiful Bucharest, the amazing town of lovers. I stopped and took some pictures.
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 🙂
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.
Photo credit: Ovidiu Neguț
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.
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.