Tuesday January 28, 2020

When in Romania...

Isabel Conway travelled to Bucharest and found a city that is determined to shake off the dreary horrors of its past

10th March, 2019
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Almost 30 years on from the Romanian Revolution, Bucharest is a city transformed from the grey vistas of yesteryear

On Union Boulevard, one of Bucharest’s main thoroughfares, the dull morning brightens briefly when a cavalcade of shiny limos with their police escorts, sirens blaring, lights flashing, sweep past. Romania’s notorious president Nicolae Ceaușescu ordered Union Boulevard to be laid out exactly to the scale of the four kilometre long Champs-Elysées. Bucharest’s version of the famous Parisian landmark, which the megalomaniac dictator greatly admired, overran by a metre....

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