The Week in Bucharest Life

Bucharest was covered in snow last Sunday as winter finally arrived in the Romanian capital. Schools were closed on Monday but otherwise life went on: Bucharest is rather good at muddling through a bout of bad weather. With temperatures as low as we can ever remember them (on Thursday morning the car displayed -18.5C at… Continue reading The Week in Bucharest Life

It’s time to start charging a fee for driving over the Transfagarasan Highway

More than sixteen years after moving to Romania, and more than a quarter of a century since we first visited this rather splendid country we finally ‘did’ the Transfagarasan last week. It really was about time. For the benefit of anyone living in a cave, we should point out that the Transfagarasan Highway is Romania’s… Continue reading It’s time to start charging a fee for driving over the Transfagarasan Highway

Some Bucharest In Your Pocket bits and pieces you might have missed…

Although we are certain that most of you are regular readers and fans of the fruits of our day job, Bucharest In Your Pocket, we thought we might highlight a couple of features that you might have missed… First off, there’s the Bucharest Earthquake of 1977 – the 34th anniversary of which (March 4th) approaches.… Continue reading Some Bucharest In Your Pocket bits and pieces you might have missed…

Almost six months on, Top Gear is still causing offence amongst Romania’s ostrich population

Oh dear. It appears that some Romanian with a grudge against the Daily Telegraph, Top Gear and Britain in general successfully hacked into the Daily Telegraph’s website last night, replacing a sub-domain page with his (or her) own rant about how Britain continually misrepresents Romania’s image. The hacker, or hackers – calling himself RNS: Romanian… Continue reading Almost six months on, Top Gear is still causing offence amongst Romania’s ostrich population

Top Gear in Romania: Do you know what good press is?

Last weekend, the BBC’s Top Gear featured Romania heavily (especially the Transfagarasan highway) in the first programme of a new series. If you have not seen the programme, tough: it was on You Tube but the BBC has taken at least some of the videos down (and not without good reason, they do own the… Continue reading Top Gear in Romania: Do you know what good press is?

Balea Lac is the only serious option for a proper Romanian ski resort

A story in Evenimentul Zilei caught our eye this morning: Romania’s much-maligned (and rightly so) Ministry of Tourism is launching a campaign called ‘Schi in Romania’ (no translation required) and is splashing the cash on improving several of Romania’s tiny little one-lift ski resorts. The largest slice of the cake will go to Petrosani, the… Continue reading Balea Lac is the only serious option for a proper Romanian ski resort