Brisk nostalgia

It’s been a few months and one season since my last walk around Cotroceni. With the holidays behind us, this time I’ve found the neighbourhood much quieter. Just the usual stoplight honks, but as soon as you start to stroll by the doctor named streets, the city’s noise suddenly calms down.


I’ve started my afternoon journey from Eroilor Metro station and, of course, I couldn’t resist the urge to “inspect” the bridge’s views. cotroceniwalk-2


The streets were empty. The sidewalks were white and slightly cleaned up. The only noticeable sounds were the dogs’ barks and the squeaking footsteps over the snow. cotroceniwalk-5


Hi there, mini mustard van! You’ve grown taller since our last encounter. cotroceniwalk-11

I’ve felt the awkward climax of nostalgia when the orange box of an ancient street payphone got in my way. Must have been a truly romantic scene to hear it ring back in the days.cotroceniwalk-15

People! 😮 cotroceniwalk-17

And the never outdated street fluffy bathrobes. cotroceniwalk-25

My worst nightmare, red dotted buildings. The red stands for the high seismic risk. Bucharest’s old districts are full of these. Sadly, some of the signs have fallen due to the wear of time or thanks to the caring landlords.cotroceniwalk-26

At the edge of the winding Romniceanu Park, I took a few steps up the hill and there it was, sober as usual, The Carol I National Defence University. cof

Back on the bridge, the time has passed, colours have changed, couldn’t have turned down the offer. cotroceniwalk-35



“Casa Radio” (The Radio House) one of the biggest ruins left by the Communist Regime in Bucharest.cotroceniwalk-46

The end of the day caught me on the stairs of the National Opera House watching this spectacular sunset. sdr

Late ’18

It’s been a while since my last entry, but you know what they say: new year, new beginning. Of course, I have no idea what’s the exact set phrase, I just love patching them up as they come through my mind.

During the last 2018 weekend, I was lucky to leave Bucharest for a few days and I got to make a stop at Cinciș lake, which is very close to Hunedoara.


Cinciș is a barrier lake that covers an old village that’s been relocated since 1962. When the water level is low, parts of the old church can be seen from the end of the dam.


The overall view was spectacular but a bit too snowless for this time of the year 😦


The 2nd and last stop was in Alba-Iulia. Here, I was glad to revisit the famous citadel, a place of great historical significance, associated with the Great Union of 1918 and the coronation of Ferdinand I and Mary, the first monarchs of Greater Romania.



Autumn leftovers.



Street box-libraries should become a thing! It always brings me joy to see these, hopefully, they’re also used by someone.


Probably some “tricolor” confetti from the 100th national anniversary from a month ago.




Before you leave, take a peek at the latest cross aka Facebook logo monument.