Bucharester for a Day…

July 5, 2012

Unlike Sofia Bucharest was bigger and had more of everything. I liked the lazy laid back charm of the capital city of Sofia in Bulgaria but I think I loved the ecectic architecture and the buzz of Bucharest even more. The best part of being here was to be able to meet lot of Ducatisti. Today my guide for Romania continued to be the amicable Florei (Andrea) with his Monster. The first half of the day was spent inside the hotel room in front of the Lenovo Thinkpad. I was editing photos and wriing blogs as fast as I could to finish the backlog. But with an average of 400 kms a day time was always hard to find.

Andrei met me at the hotel at 4 PM. We dicussed a little about the route that I can take in Romania. The decision was to include the famous Transfagarasan Road and Transalpina highways back to back in a couple of days. Then I would proceed north and enter Hungary.

After deciding the route we went outside to see a bit of Bucharest and its main city center.

On the way we saw what was a supermassive structure – the second largest building in the world and the world’s largest civilian building, most expensive administrative building and the heaviest building! And who would build such a building? Perhaps a man with a large ego –  Nicolae Ceaușescu. This man was a communist Romanian politician, and its last. (From WIKI ) : Ceauşescu’s second decade was characterized by an increasingly brutal and repressive regime—by some accounts, the most Stalinist regime in the Soviet bloc. It was also marked by an ubiquitous personality cult, nationalism and a deterioration in foreign relations with the Western powers as well as the Soviet Union. Ceauşescu’s government was overthrown in the December 1989 revolution, and he and his wife were executed following a televised and hastily organised two-hour court session.

But he left behind this building which is now commonly called the Casa Poporli or The House of the People (unlike House of Ceaușescu that was meant to be):

This dictatorship left a lot of scars on Romania, some of which are deeply disturbing but it couldn’t take away the hospitality of the people that I met and the beauty of the country which was unraveling in front of me.

We also saw the Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch) which seemed uncanningly like our own India gate:

We also went to the Bucharest old city center which was a delight with its cobblestone streets and street performers complementing the great architecture.

Later on in the evening we went to a motorcycle café and restaurant where around 10 Romanian Ducatisti were waiting for me. The president of the Romania DOC – Bogdan, was also present there with his Diavel. A nice evening ensued with a delicious dinner sealing the day.

Tommorrow it will be Dracula’s Castle, time check what the hullalaballo is all about…

More photos:

Hey officer, why do you need such a fast bike, I am not a crazy rider, I only have 160 horses with me..

Andrei showing us the way around his city:

 

 

A wedding shoot in progress in the city

the Arcul de Triumf (Triumphal Arch)

The revolution square:

Bucharest Old City Center

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