CONSIDERED THE CULTURAL, industrial and financial center of Romania’s three traditional regions (Wallachia, Moldova and Transylvania), Bucharest continues to emerge from its Communist past and the oppressive regime of the former Communist dictator Nicolae Ceauşescu and his wife, Elena.
To its credit, the largest city and capital of Romania morphed from its tyrannical past with a vibrancy and energy yielding many surprises worth checking out. Allow several days to take in the architecture, monuments, museums, gardens and old town restaurants before heading out to the more traditional region of Transylvania.
Nicknamed the “Little Paris of the East” because of its elegant architecture, largely redesigned by French and Romanian architects trained in Paris between the two world wars, the city features large, tree-lined boulevards along with a triumphal arch, forming a nice counterpoint to former dictator Ceauşescu’s most storied creation of excess: the Palace of the Parliament.
The Palace of the Parliament is the second-largest office building in the world, right behind the U.S. Pentagon. Built on a manmade hill riddled with secret passageways and underground shelters, construction started in 1984 and, ironically, remains unfinished. The construction burdened the Romanian people with a heavy foreign debt, with a cost today of about €3 billion. Originally designed to house all government, it was also to be Nicolae Ceauşescu’s home. Guided tours are available, but make a reservation before you visit.
The historic core of Bucharest, known as the Old City, is anything but dated. You’ll find trendy restaurants, outdoor drinking gardens, bars, clubs and cafés. The vibe alternates between eating, drinking and dancing, depending on the time of day or night. Check out tiny lanes like Strada Smârdan or Strada Covaci.
With a deeply rooted Eastern Orthodox tradition, Bucharest houses ecclesiastical architecture that fuses elements of Byzantine, Greek, Ottoman and Renaissance styles. Look for high steeples with elaborate frescoes, raised pillars and stone balustrades. From the Stavropoleos to St. Apostles’ Church and Antim Church, these sacred spectacles will delight any visitor.
As more destinations around the globe reopen to travelers, we are ready to get back to one of our favorite activities. Join us over the next several weeks as we take you to places around the world saying #WelcomeBacktoTravel. Take a visual journey through Albuquerque with us.
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The Rwanda Development Board announced commercial flights will be welcomed back to the country starting Aug. 1.
The city took its name from Athena, goddess of wisdom, strategy and war, and protector of the city. The financial, political and administrative center of the country and an all-powerful city-state in antiquity, Athens is a major center of culture. A visit to the first-ever museum dedicated to Byzantium, a stroll around the National Garden and a trip to the Olympeion archaeological site will take you back through time.
LOT Polish Airlines resumed its first international flights since the suspension of passenger flights in mid-March on July 1, with flights to Berlin, Amsterdam, Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Kyiv, Dubrovnik and Split. On July 2, flights to Vienna and Oslo began. From Warsaw’s Chopin Airport, flights to Toronto ramped up to seven times a week (from three) July 1; and to Seoul, up to five times a week, and to Tokyo, up to three times a week, from July 3.