Whither Gara de Nord?

The local council of Bucharest’s Sector 1 voted on Friday to approve the clean-up and rejuvenation of Parcul Garii de Nord, the small park opposite the main entrance to the Romanian capital’s primary railway station. The park, behind which is the monolithic (in every sense of the word) Ministry of Transport, was created in the… Continue reading Whither Gara de Nord?

The Week in Bucharest Life

Or, The Mystery of the Disappearing Prime Minister. Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta went rogue this week (well, more rogue than usual), attending the opening ceremony of something called the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan. (No, we’ve never heard of them either. They’re big in Azerbaijan apparently). Romania’s president, Klaus Iohannis, did not attend, instead… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

Parts of Bucharest we've never been to No. 1: Bucurestii Noi

While for most people Krakow’s biggest attractions are its picture postcard Rynek, hippy Kazimierz or regal Wawel, for us the best bit of Krakow is Nowa Huta, a northern suburb built in the 1950s in a deliberate attempt to make liberal, bourgeois Krakow a more proletarian kind of place. The day job In Your Pocket… Continue reading Parts of Bucharest we've never been to No. 1: Bucurestii Noi