Bucharest reminded me of Argentina, São Paulo and at times, Mexico City. It has a similar faded grandeur, dictatorship, and revolution vibe with a smattering of socialist, architecture and mid-century modern splendours.
Its flea markets are full of GDR ephemera which makes sense as both countries were behind the iron curtain albeit not part of the USSR.
I loved Bucharest and your money (Lei) goes a LONG way. My Airbnb was £19 a night and one of the best I’ve stayed in and your 3-course dinner will set you back around £15, and that’s including a couple of Romanian Ursus beers.
(Sadly no Vampire encounters though).
National Military Museum, Romania | Strada Mircea, Vulcanescu 125 – 127, Bucuresti 010819, Romania
Expect to see nobody else the entire time in you’re in this military museum. Expect to read nothing in English. Expect to see the best example of a mid-century interior in the most unlikely place. Expect to like the place. I did.
Aripi (Wings) | 2016 | Piata Presei Libere | Artist Mihai Buculei
Dedicated to anti-communist resistance. Built in 2016 but you’d swear it was Soviet-era.
Hero's Memorial | Carol Park, Bucharest | 1963
Built to honour the revolutionary socialist militants. Post-communism it was instead dedicated to the Unknown Soldier in 1991.
InterContinental Bucharest | Bulevardul Nicolae, Balcescy 4, Bucuresti 010051, Romania | 1967 – 1970.
Architects: Dinu Hariton, Gheorghe Nadrag, Ion Moscu, Romeo Belea.
This was the hotel of choice for the foreign press during the Romanian Revolution of 1989. They had prime views of University Square and didn’t even have to leave their rooms.
Clock Tower | On the grounds of the InterContinental Hotel
Vintage hotel signs outside vintage hotels in the Old Town
GDR-era TV | A much lusted-after item during the GDR years...
Egalitarian Soviet-era sculpture. A welder socialist chick. Maybe she’s called Alex and works in a steel mill by day and dances in a strip bar at night.
1960s factory in the process of being demolished. Randomly stumbled upon it – didn’t make a note of where – there were two angry dogs after my ankles.
Random street views part 1. Between 1945 and 1989 only the state and communist leaders were allowed to own or travel in cars so signs like this were commonplace.
IT’S A 1960s PUBLIC FOUNTAIN AND IT'S WORKING!!
Can’t find anything on this but got to be 1960s?
Random street views part 2….
Sala Palatului | Concert Hall | Bucharest | Strada Ion, Campineanu 28, Bucuresti 010039, Romania | 1959 – 1960 | Architect Hori Maicu
Random street views part 3…