Bucharest’s Arc de Triumf: Restored, reopened but still closed

With much fast and in the presence of Bucharest’s delightful mayor Gabriela Firea-Pandele, the city’s newly restored Arc de Triumf was today unveiled to a bemused public who immediately began wondering why the restoration had taken so long, and cost so much money. For almost three years the Arc has stood behind hoardings, and –… Continue reading Bucharest’s Arc de Triumf: Restored, reopened but still closed

Fleecing the foreigners

We have spotted a worrying trend whilst researching the latest issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket (which, by the way, will be issue 100. Expect more on that particular subject. Much more): Tourists in Bucharest are being fleeced. In a nutshell, the old communist-era practice of charging foreign tourists more than locals is making a… Continue reading Fleecing the foreigners

Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

More than 25 years since his execution on Christmas Day, 1989, the former home of Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu opens as a public museum this Saturday. Built in the 1960s and known by the codename P50 during the communist period, the 80-room Palatul Primaverii (which translates as Spring Palace) served as a home for the… Continue reading Nicolae Ceausescu’s residence opens to public

Anyone ever seen Bucharest’s famous Michael Jackson statue?

Yes, there’s a statue of Michael Jackson in Bucharest. It’s in Herastrau Park apparently, and although nobody who lives in Bucharest has ever seen it, we know it exists because Mark Hillsdon at the Daily Telegraph says so. Right here: According to Hillsdon, Herastrau is home to ‘an odd mix of statues from Charles de… Continue reading Anyone ever seen Bucharest’s famous Michael Jackson statue?

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

We’re closed

Hidden amongst the usual crap that masquerades as news on Pro TV last night was a short report looking at how many of Bucharest’s major attractions are closed just when tourists (and locals, we might add) want to visit them: bank holidays. The original Mediafax story the Pro TV report was pulled from can be… Continue reading We’re closed

Bucharest’s Botanical Gardens

It would be easy to say that Bucharest’s Botanical Garden is one of the city’s great, overlooked sights: a bit like the Bellu Cemetery. Yet while it doesn’t usually top the list of casual visitors to Bucharest, for locals it is one of the city’s most popular attractions: to call it overlooked would therefore be… Continue reading Bucharest’s Botanical Gardens