When Bucharest’s taxis were state-run

Those were the days. Soviet cars, a state monopoly and no Uber to deal with. This is from a Romanian-language tourist guide to Bucharest published in 1954, which recently came into our possession: Journeys in the city with state taxis are metered and charged accordingly: A 3 lei starting fee and then 0.50 lei for… Continue reading When Bucharest’s taxis were state-run

Crap Bucharest travel articles (No. 4,793)

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… Continue reading Crap Bucharest travel articles (No. 4,793)

Bucharest’s top visitor attraction is closed to visitors

Another fantastic decision by somebody, somewhere. While carrying out research for the next issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket (yes: we still do things the old fashioned way and actually check the information we publish) we stumbled across the news that Bucharest’s top tourist attraction, Casa Poporului (or Palatul Parlamentului, to use its actual name),… Continue reading Bucharest’s top visitor attraction is closed to visitors

Bucharest In Your Pocket 100

We made it. Issue 100. You can download it here if you really want to. You may also be interested in this (poorly scanned) issue 1. Meantime, here’s a rather self-congratulatory text (taken from the guide), looking back at our beginnings and comparing the Bucharest of then (1999) with the Bucharest of now. In a… Continue reading Bucharest In Your Pocket 100

Bucharest In Your Pocket 90

So there’s a new issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket out and about; issue 90, in fact. This is the cover: The cover features Strada Xenofon (here), opposite the main entrance to Carol Park in the south of the city. The all-step street – the only of its kind in Bucharest – was earlier this… Continue reading Bucharest In Your Pocket 90

The eternal quest for decent sausage and Bucharest’s best full English breakfast

There have been, over the years, a few places which have claimed to do a ‘full English breakfast’ in Bucharest. The dear old Dubliner was probably the first, serving up a just about passable attempt at eggs and bacon, although the sausages always left much to be desired. The late, lamented Sydney Bar & Grill… Continue reading The eternal quest for decent sausage and Bucharest’s best full English breakfast