We have a new champion. This, by Marissa Tejada for CNN Travel. Published today it contains perhaps more errors per sentence than just about any other travel articles ever written about Bucharest.
First off, the actual writing is awful, embarrassingly so, starting from the inclusion of the now utterly cliched and irrelevant ‘Little Paris of the East’ in the very first sentence. Then come Marissa’s ‘Nine reasons to see the Romanian capital.’
The first is ‘the rejuvenated Old Town’, another cliche now hopelessly inaccurate and out of date. There has been a move away from the Old Town over the past two or three years, a move which began long before the fire at Colectiv forced many Old Town venues to close.
Next we learn that Bran Castle is ‘outside Bucharest.’ Yes, just as the Eiffel Tower is outside London. ‘The Old Court Museum exhibits pottery and artifacts that were found among its ruins.’ In fact, the Old Court Museum has been closed for a year and will remain closed until at least sometime next year.
There’s more. The Arc de Triumf is a ‘replica’ of the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, Carol Park is Bucharest’s prettiest (!) and the houses in the Village Museum were brought from towns across Romania. The clue is in the name: Village Museum.