Bucharest, with its mixed architectural styles, gives the perfect insight into the history and tradition of Romania, a EU freshman. As one probably knows, Romania is one of the countries affected by the Communist dictatorship – situated in Southeastern Europe, it was very much influenced in this respect by the Russian Republic. Because of this era, people don't know much about how Romania was before Communism and not everybody knows how Romania is now. During the period between the two World Wars, the elegance of the city, the standards and distinction of the upperclass elites made Bucharest one of the most famous capitals in Europe. The language spoken at the time was a mixture of Romanian, Latin-based local language and French, whose culture very much influenced the Romanian. In fact, during this period, Bucharest was also called "Le Pettit Paris" (Little Paris).
"Le Pettit Paris" reiterates the tumultuous times that Romania had to go through. After Communism collapsed, in 1989, the country entered a financial boom, the growth rate being one of the largest in the world. Therefore, Bucharest offers the visitor two perspectives of the same country: an insight into the Communist era when the population was living in gray small boxes called "flats" while Ceauşescu * was building the second largest building in the World after the Pentagon, "Casa Poporului "(" People's House "- now the House of Parliament) and an insight into the fast adaptability to the dynamism of the 21st century.
What strikes you when entering Bucharest are the contrasts. Gray flats and homeless people and dogs and a city of art, culture, great architecture, high-class hotels and shops, large landscaped boulevards, incredible parks and sights and a nightlife that burns even the last calorie of the most conservative individual. So don't be surprised when near an old baroque building you will find a new futuristic one or when near the latest version of a Ferrari you will see a Dacia (local car); Bucharest is a city of contrasts and this is the special ingredient that enchants your eyes and senses.
Cultural festivals such as the International Opera Festival that takes place every year attracts artists and art lovers from all over the world. Traditional events such as the ones held by the Museum of the Romanian Peasant and the Village Museum with a view to inform foreigners and even locals about the Romanian culture are the greatest way to understand Romania and Bucharest. After a special art infusion evening one can try the sophisticated cafes and night clubs. You can find all styles of music, from traditional to the most recent electronic in a large variety of clubs and pubs. The most famous DJs from all around the world create the atmosphere of your life in some of the most extravagant and, at the same time, coziest clubs in Europe.
Get adventurous and go get lost in the city center. You might adore it. And you don't need to worry, most of the Romanians speak English and the Romanian spirit is hospitable and helpful.
You don't have to believe me … try it yourself.