Tag Archives: Bucharest

Five Countries, Five Churches

  If you have been following this space for a while, you may have seen this before. I decided today was a good time to repeat an earlier post. This one is from November 23, 2014 and was one of my favourites from that year. Each one of these churches is deserving of its own […]

Sunday Morning in Bucharest

I am away until the end of May. Until I get back I am re-posting some favourites so you don’t miss me too much. It is an island of English in a sea of Romanian and was completely unexpected. I was raised in a family where the expectation was that everyone would attend church on […]

Searching For Dracula – II

Dracula is everywhere in Romania, perhaps, the biggest tourist draw. Romanians would be proud of him, you would think. But they’re not. Oh, they’ll exploit his image and soak the tourists. The image of Dracula that you know from Hollywood movies and Bram Stoker’s novel is everywhere. But Vlad Dracul, 15th century ruler of the […]

Is A New Building Necessary?

As we took a walking tour of historic downtown Bucharest our tour guide pointed out the many Orthodox churches and mentioned that they could be a traffic hazard. Romanians, she explained, are very religious, and most people are Orthodox Christians. Many people, especially the older ones and taxi drivers, tend to make the sign of […]

On Horseback

Going through some of the photos from this year’s European vacation I noticed that there were pictures of horses almost everywhere we went. Not real horses though. Except for the ones in Caen Castle, these horses were intended as accents to the statues of the riders. So thinking that a picture is worth a thousand […]

The Fountains of Bucharest

In 1989 we moved to Monrovia, Liberia where we lived for 10 months or so. We planned to stay longer, but a civil war broke out and we eventually had to leave. Touring downtown Bucharest in the summer of 2014 reminded me in some ways of our arrival in Monrovia 25 years before. We were […]

Walking in Bucharest

Two things are guaranteed to get my attention: free and highly rated. When I discovered a walking tour of the historic part of downtown Bucharest, Romania, I signed us up. I chose my time carefully. We were arriving on a flight from Paris in mid-afternoon. I didn’t know how long it would take to get […]