Bucharest is the capital of Romania and had been under the infamous dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. An earthquake in 1977 triggered Ceausescu's massive redevelopment of the city.
The grand Palace of the Parliament ('House of the People') is the grandest result of that scheme. This is the second largest building in the world behind the Pentagon. It is 12 stories high, has 3100 rooms and covers 330,000 sq. meters.
No money was spared on the décor though the workers were greatly underpaid and told it was a privilege to work on it.
Bucharest has a very enjoyable folk museum with many traditional buildings from many time periods.
It is moving rapidly into the future though with some very futuristic bridges and it's North Train Station is modern, present day and a delight to use.
Bucharest's very elegant past can be seen in some of the old and somewhat shabby homes found around this train station though there are some very delightful and colorful playgrounds also found here.
Though Bucharest's recent history is quite depressing, it is moving forward in every area and is a wonderful place to visit.
Photos and story courtesy of Bob & Wilma.