If this is old news, forgive us.
We paid a visit to Cismigiu Gardens on Sunday afternoon, making the most of the fantastic weather we’ve been having these past few days.
We were not alone.
Half the city had apparently decided to do much the same, and who can blame them? Cismigiu is a gorgeous place, still a little rough around the edges compared with Bucharest’s other parks, but all the more charming for it.
Anyway, as we walked around we couldn’t help noticing that in what can only be described as a revolutionary development, hundreds, perhaps even thousands of people were walking, sitting, playing and having picnics on the grass.
As anyone familiar with Cismigiu will know, this is quite extraordinary. The park’s grass was for decades a no-go area, with huge ‘Nu calcati iarba‘ (Do not step on the grass) signs at every turn. From positions high in the trees, the Romanian army’s top marksmen fired live ammunition at the ankles of anyone who dared to break this most sacred of rules.
We could never understand it. The whole point of going to a park is to sit on the grass, play football on the grass, have a picnic on the grass.
Well, at Cismigiu (with the understandable exception of the showpiece flower gardens) we are happy to report that you can now do just that.