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Romania, The Cathedral of The Carpathians ( tourist reports) - 1. The Metropole

The Romanian Capital, Bucharest, has been in continuous transformation ever since. As a consequence, The Little Paris, as it used to be called this metropole, due to its chariots and cars de la belle epoque, Bucharest has become nowadays a modern city with a great population and vehicles flow, so that it is hard to recognize any landmarks of the past epoque, the modernism engulfing almost everything.
But what is still remarkable, comparing to other capitals of the world, is that Bucharest remains a citadel of eviable green places. Being crossed by two rivers, Dâmboviţa şi Colentina, Bucharest is naturally decorated with a bunch of lakes, beautifully arranged to serve as estival leisure spaces, being provided with rowing and little steam boats, places where not
only the locals but tourists from everywhere can get rid of the mumble and jumble of the capital and get some peaceful and agreeable refuge.

On the Colentina River, there are several lakes: Herastrau, Floreasca, Tei and Colentina, each of them surrounded by parks full of trees and decorated alleys all through, like a green labirynth, adorned with season flowers. To this patrimony of green spaces, Bucharest adds some other parks, such as: Cismigiu, Tineretului (NT:The Youth Park), Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Carol and last, but not least, Botanical Garden, the biggest in Romania.

Bucharest also offers the Romanian and foreign tourist historical monuments, museums, theatres, art galeries and cultural institutions, among which I would like to point out: The University of Bucharest, The Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Palace, The Romanian Atheneum, The Art Museum, The Romanian National Museum, The Romanian Opera, The National Theatre, The Romanian Patriarchy, The Village Museum, The Triumphal Arc, The State Circus and so on.
Besides, the tourist can admire the splashing fountains in the middle of magnificent flower beds, on his way across the Dambovita River Bridges, or can simply go to outstanding opera and operetta concerts, to see a play at the teatre, or to get accommodation at luxury hotels. And, of course, nobody shouldn´t miss the opportunity to visit Casa Poporului (The House of People), presently, the building is The Romanian Parliamnet House, a grand construction, combining several architectural styles.
This is recognized as the second largest administrative building in the world, after the US Pentagon, and the first as volume, surpassing even the Keops's pyramid. It was built at the order of Nicolae Ceausescu, the president of the Socialist Republic of Romania.

But the capital of Romania gives the visitor a special show through the underground network of the subway, one of the most important achievements of the last four decades, a work mainly carried out before the Revolution of 1989.
At the outskirts of the capital city, there are two international airports: Henri Coanda, former Otopeni, and Aurel Vlaicu, former Baneasa, and North Railway Station also, which is the main railway junction with ramifications throughout the country.
For the future, the authorities' attention is foccused on the realization of the Danube-Bucharest Canal. Two important highways start also from Bucharest: one to Piteşti and another one to Constanţa.

At present, Bucharest is the most important industrial and commercial center in Romania, as well as an educational one. There are thousands of Romanian and foreign students studying in the faculties of the State University or institutes.
In general, Bucharest people prefer to spend their holidays and weekends on the Prahova Valley, Predeal or Poiana Brasov, no matter the season, but during the summer they literally invade the Romanian seaside with its range of famous resorts.

by Ion Nălbitoru    2/20/2019


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