Jan 132010

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The park featured in today’s photos is Herăstrău Park, the largest of Bucharest’s parks, which is located in the northern part of Bucharest. The park encloses the shores of the Herăstrău Lake which is one of the dozen lakes stretching along the northern border of Bucharest. Before 1930 this area was an unhealthy swamp, which was drained between 1930 and 1935 and the park, modeled by the landscape architects Pinard and Rebhuhn, was opened in 1936. In the summer the park is a popular place for hanging out, its shaded alleys being a good place to take refuge from the heat. It is also popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. The Village Museum, previously featured on the blog is located in the park. There are also plenty of small cafes, restaurants and fast food vendors, also children’s playgrounds and a boat rental booth.

In the winter the park is quiet and its dormant feel makes it look like it’s hibernating. The statue above is part of a structure which can be found at the Charles de Gaulle Square entrance.

Lying girl statue

Looks like we have at least two choices in life 🙂

The frozen lake

View of the Village Museum with reflection

  9 Responses to “Winter in the park”

  1. Parks in winter may be a little sad but they are quieter and the shades of color more sober. This parks looks huge and the views of the lake are serene and beautiful.
    If you let me ask a stupid question, I'm not sure if the first statue is a man or a woman…

  2. VP: It's either a woman or a man wearing a skirt 🙂

  3. What to do at the "Y" in the road??
    I like her hat in the top photo – I want one, too!

  4. A wonderful series, Andreea! The lady in the first photo looks like she's well-dressed for cold weather, but the lady in repose is going to freeze like the lake.

    This park looks like a wonderful place to visit during warmer months. But even now, it has much charm as your photos show!

  5. I thought that the thing over her head was a top hat, but now I understand she's probably carrying something…

  6. VP, Leif: She's caring an amphora on her head (or at least I think it's an amphora), but I cut it off with my framing. She's part of an ensemble called The Alley of Cariatides; I took some pictures of the ensemble too but I though a single one looked nicer. But now I think it will be a good idea to show the whole ensemble too. I'll post a picture of it the day after tomorrow.

  7. Leif: Oops, I forgot to answer your question. The green lane with the Y is a bicycle lane. I too a few photos from the same angle and in most of them the bicycle sign was visible; I didn't realize that it's not appearing in the photo that I chose for the blog.

  8. I would really like to visit this park. There is so much to look at and I would like to see it in person.

  9. Herastrau is my favourite Bucharest park. These are beautiful pictures.


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