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The name Romania comes from Rome or the (Eastern) Roman Empire and asserts the country's origins as a Roman Empire province.
Romania is another place I'd like to see again. Not so much Bucharest, but to see more of the country close up. We whizzed through Transylvania so fast, and I'd love to see some of the castles there from the inside.
Bucharest is an interesting city. It's also a race track and perpetual traffic jam. I nicknamed it "horny city", because that's the sound you hear there. I believe the drivers think the more they sound their horns, the faster they will go. The city was founded by a sailor named Bucur, who did trading there. Bucharest is full of museums and history. A history and an identity they will never forget.
My tour guide told me the country is so poor and has such high unemployment (60%), because outside businesses won't go there, because of the corruption in government.
There are several photos, which I could not identify. If anyone coming here knows, the identity of those buildings, please leave a note in my guestbook.

One of Bucharest's main streets

A side street wih interesting architecture

The Romanian Patriarchal Seat

Elaborate icons in the Patriarchal Cathedral

The Romanian Patriarchal Palace


Baratia Catholic Church

The Old Court Church

The People's Palace now their Parliament

A wing of the palace
The people's Palace was once Communist Party Headquarters. It is the second largest building in the world, the Pentagon being the largest.

Alexandru Ioan Cuza

Another Orthodox Church
Alexandru Ioan Cuza:
He was elected prince of Moldavia (Moldova) on January 5, 1859 and of Wallachia (Tara Romā®„asca) on January 24, 1859. Thus Colonel A. I. Cuza achieved a de facto union of the two Romanian principalites. The Union was formally declared three years later, on January 24/February 5 1862, the new country bearing the name of Romania, with Bucharest as its capital city.
He initiated a series of reforms that contributed to the modernization of Romanian society and of state structures, including: Secularizing monastic assets, liberating peasants from the last feudal duties, The Criminal Code and the Civil Code, The Education law, establishing tuition-free but compulsory public education, and the founding of the Universities in Iasi (1860) and Bucharest (1864), Development of a modern, Europeanized army for Romania, under a working relationship with France.
Cuza was forced to abdicate by the so-called Monstrous coalition of Conservatives and radical Liberals. At four o'clock on the morning of February 22, 1866, a band of military conspirators broke into the palace, and compelled the prince to sign his abdication. On the following day they conducted him safely across the frontier.
His successor Prince Karl of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen was proclaimed king as Carol I of Romania on March 26, 1866. Ironically, a foreign prince with ties to an important princely house, legitimizing Romanian independence, had been one of the Liberal aims in the revolution of 1848. Prince Alexandru spent the remainder of his life as an exile, chiefly in Paris, Vienna and Wiesbaden. He died in Heidelberg May 15, 1873.

Romanian University of Economics

Academia de Studii Economice

The Patriarchial Palace

This restaurant is 150 years old (Manuc's Inn)

Inside the dome of the Patriarchal Cathedral

A wooden column in Manuc's Inn

The court yard of Manuc's Inn

And an old wagon there

These are a couple interesting construction methods I saw in Bucharest. On the left is a wooden walkway, which utilized the wood end up. This walkway was over 100 years old. I wonder, how many planked walkways have lasted that long?
On the right is the side of a building. The wooden siding has been dadoed to appear as a wooden brick pattern.

Gara de Nord Train Station

From my window

My veranda

Every day is NASCAR Sunday

"Hey! Would you get outta the crosswalk?"

It was like this 24/7

The United States Embassy

Cantacuzino Palace

The dark spots (not the pidgeons) on this building are bullet holes from the revolution of 1989.

The National Military Center



Just a building I found interesting

The Romanian Savings Bank (1896-1900)

The Adriatica Building

Vlad Tepes

He was a ruthless leader, but he wasn't a vampire.
That part came from the imagination of Bram
Stoker. The dates above are the years that Vlad
was prince of Romania. Vlad is best known by the
Romanian people for his success in standing up to
the encroaching Ottoman Turks and establishing
relative independence and sovereignty. Although
Vlad did experience some success in fending off the
Turk attacks and occupation his accomplishments
were relatively short-lived. The bust is in a very old
section of the city center.



Some parks in Bucharest: The first (upper left) park I saw was near the train station. It was pretty sparce and run down. So my first impression was of Bucharest was, "this is a very poor and dirty city". I'm happy to report that it wasn't true. As you can see most of their parks are clean and beautiful. As is most of the rest of the city.

A wolf in Bucharest heheheheh

Fat cat

A functional well

Romania's Triumph Arch

Bucharest at night

A Celtic cross in a square

Romulus and Remus

Romanian Museum of Literature


City Center at night

The Victoria Palace government building

Morning Comes

Sunrise over Bucharest

"Which train should I chase today?"

My train? I wish.
I was headed for Constanta on a much slower train.
I wish, I had ridden one of these high speed babies though.

Music is "Floricia"
A Romanian Carol

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