What better way to lift one’s spirit on a cold January than to enjoy a little bit of sun? I’m not a winter person, I prefer the summer, even the torrid Bucharest summer. And what I don’t like about winter is not necessarily the cold but the fact that I don’t get to see the sun. During winter Bucharest’s sky is usually gray. So I was very very happy that the sun shone over the city almost every day last week. It put me in a good mood and voila… I even took the time to walk around the city and to snap a few pictures.
Palace of Justice
Upon my return to Bucharest a few weeks ago I was told by a friend that the repaving of the Old Center was finally over. Since this has been going on for quite a few years I didn’t want to believe it. Which is why when the first ocassion came along I took a stroll around the Old Center and … lo and behold, my friend was right. With some minor exceptions – ike the Splai entrance on Şelari – the paving of Old Center is finally over. No more walking on wooden planks or crossing the street through dust or mud, depending on the weather.
I’m back home after a five months absence. It’s cold in Bucharest, but not as cold as expected. And the last few days were quite sunny, which I like. No sign yet of the dark gloomy days that are the norm during winter time. Two days ago I took an evening stroll downtown to take photos of this year’s Christmas decorations. As always I took too many pictures and it was hard to decide which ones I like best.
Today is Theme Day at the City Daily Photo community, a monthly event that happens the first day of every month, when all participating blogs will post a picture that relates to the theme day’s description. Today’s theme is: Postcard-Worthy. Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
For today’s theme I picked a shot taken in the Macca-Vilacrosse Covered Passage, which is located in the Old Town area and is one of the most popular places for going out with friends in Bucharest.
And since I mentioned Cocor Shopping Center yesterday, here’s a nightshot of it and its huge advertising screens.
In case you’re wondering where I disappeared, the answer would be the northwest of Argentina, more precisely in the city of Salta, at the foothills of the Andes. I’ve seen some amazing landscapes here, but I had problems connecting to the Internet which made me unable to post. Don’t worry, I plan to make up for the break.
Today’s photograph shows one of the buildings lining Queen Elizabeth Boulevard, a boulevard located downtown Bucharest, only a few steps away from the University Square. Given the fact that this should be prime time real estate, I’m surprised that its restoration and cleaning is going as slow at it is. Except for two or three buildings undergoing renovation, nothing’s been done to restore this once beautiful street to its former glory.