The Gheorghe Lazãr High School is a high school located in central Bucharest, Romania, on the corner of the Ciºmigiu Gardens. It is one of the most prestigious secondary education institutions in Romania.
My mom went there, and in fact today she is one of the best "chemical engeneers in Europe!", hehehe
In my last two trips to Bucharest I have found the quality of produce to be exceptional. The open air markets around the city offer a great variety of seasonal fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and flowers. It is also a very friendly environment for tourist and photographers alike.
Crossing streets and closer to the old church upload in other tip we found a narrow alley, we went in and we found some terraces....but so different to any other places.... it was an "L" with some small pubs ..the best was the ceiling like green stained glass
Mogosoaia Palace, located 10km northwest of Bucharest, is a very easy daytrip and a lovely place to spend a few hours away from the chaos, noise and traffic of central Bucharest.
The Palace was designed by Constantin Brancoveanu, a Wallachian prince, in 1698-1702 as a summer residence and inheritance for his son Stefan. After Stefan was killed, it served as an inn and a warehouse before being turned over to the Bibescu family, relations of the Branconveanu's. It was handed over to the State in 1956 and served as a museum until the 1970s when Ceausescu closed it and appropriated all the furniture.
Be sure to take a peek in the St. George's Chapel, have a look behind the Palace at the gardens and lake, have a walk in the woods, and find the mammoth statue of Lenin, removed from the Piata Presei after the 1989 revolution, and a slightly smaller statue of prime minister Petru Groza behind the old kitchen wall.
Less important is a visit to the interior of the Palace, it's rather spartanly decorated, with little furniture or wall decoration thanks to Ceausescu. Still, it's only 40,000 lei (about $2US) to visit so I figured we're here, might as well. Just don't bother with the camera fee, very little to photograph here.
To get there we hopped on a maxitaxi heading to Buftea from the starting point near Bucuresti Nord train station, 20,000 lei each to ride (less than $1US). Since there are not marked stops, be sure and ask a local where to get off or if possible sit near the driver. There is a brown sign on the side of the road marking where to turn. From there you walk about 1/4 mile to the Palace grounds. On the way back, we stood by the side of the road (no sign marking the stop) and within 10-15 minutes a maxitaxi was whisking back to central Bucharest. I think it took about 20 minutes to get there.
Like many other cities across the world before them, Bucharest is counting on a herd of fiberglass cows to bring in a herd of camera toting tourists and to brighten up the city with the whimsically designed bovines.
Bucharest is one of several cities hosting Cow Parades this summer. The first public displays of cows as art was in Switzerland in 1998, in 1999 my hometown of Chicago adopted the idea and was successful in getting lots of people to visit to see them. Since then many other cities have used this idea to sponsor public art and raise funds for charity when the cows are auctioned off at the end.
We only came across two while in Bucharest, since it was the beginning of the exhibition there was no map of the locations to be found but In Your Pocket promised to have one in their June/July issue.
The Cow Parade runs through September 12 after which the cows will be auctioned off for charity.
The statue marks the spot from where all the distances to other Romanian cities are measured. The marker says it's in memory of December 21, 1989, the day the Revolution started that ultimately ended in Ceausescu's death. It also lists April 22-June 13, 1990
In Your Pocket lists the kilometre 0 marker as being on Boulevard Bratianu in front of Sf. Gheorghe church with a different description, this one is in front of the Teatrul National so I'm wondering if there are two Kilometre 0 markers
This is from another of the dull neighborhoods full of tall apartment buildings.
Still, I like how this tall building apears when one takes the 70 or 79 line downtown.
I have to say these neighborhoods look much better in the summer, when there is a lot of vegetation.
This is an intersection in the Militari neighborhood. It's an area that doesn't have any atractions that you can find in the center, but it's a good example of how people live. Its not a bad neighborhood, but its crowded like every place in Bucharest. In the pic, the tall apartment buildings specific for neighborhoods built in communist times.
Location: Iuliu Maniu Boulevard.
Just behind the high rise apartment buildings, Bucharest reveils to you a totaly different story. A lake and a quiet village behind it. This shows how radical transformations affected Bucharest after WWII, and how parts of Bucharest were left untocuhed by communists until the regime's ending in '89. Also in the foreground, at right, you can see how people throw trash here because it's a less travelled area.
A small neighborhood park surounding the lake in the picture.
Coming from the Stefan the Great boulevard towards the Globus Circus, the park will be to your right. In the summer it has very nice views, just like this pic:)
Beside all the famous sights of Bucharest, that appears in every travel guide there are many other beautiful classical buildings that hide in less famous areas of Bucharest, but i believe that they show a great part of the town... maybe the "Natural" Bucharest with many trees, low denisty and beautiful architecture.
For example, I chossed the building in the picture:
This lovely corner building situated at Rosetti square that seems to be very elegant and pleasent place, there is even a small park and a statue inside of it at the square.
It is situated only a few minouts walk from the University square.
Bucharest has one of the most interesting old towns of Europe. It inclued many stylish cafes and lovely boutiques. While the old towns of Central and Western Europe are very classic and organized, the one in Bucharest has some Mediterranean influence.
The heat of the summer and the loud music that can be heard from the old bars makes you feel the real Balkan... even the pedestrians that in one aspect are very european with old buildings, terraces and shops has a strange feeling when you are there, for example some cars are also allowed to go up the the small streets.
After the second world war Romania was ruled by the communist party. The years passed and the county entered an era of dark. The living conditions became worse from year to year, the cultural life were hurt and the civil rights were highly damaged.
In the end of 1989 came the uprising of the citizens agains the communist regime that spoiled many of the countries greatest treasures. Not like in other post-communist countries, the rebel was not peaseful and thousends of people died during it (Including the dictator - Ceausescu).
Today, you can find around Bucharest monuments for that brave people that sacrificed thier life to turn Romania into a democrat country with a bright future. One of this memorial sights located at the University square that is one of the cities most crowded and central points.
Lipscani is maybe the most historical street that stil exists today in the modern Bucharest. The street, that called after traders who came to the city from Leipzig is located between the Dimbovita river, passes trough Calea Victoriei and Bucharests Historical part and it ends at I.C. Bratianu blvd.
The street is a very crowded place because of its shops, cafes and bars... many historical buildings, including the National Bank can be found at Lipscani.
While taking a stroll through the Mogosoaia garden I came upon two statues lying behind the old kitchen wall. One was the statue of Lenin and the other that of Petru Groza, the communist prime minister of the 1945 government. The statues were brought here after the 1989 revolution. The statue of Lenin used to sit in front of the Press House in Piata Presei Libere (Free Press Square).