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Surely the oddest building we saw in Bucharest is the former Securitate building, a glass and steel structure plopped on top of the ruin of an old brick building that was destroyed by protesters in 2003.
Located near the Piata Revolutiei on Strada Dobrescu
Mogosoaia Palace, located 10km northwest of Bucharest, is a very easy daytrip and a lovely place to spend a few hours away from the chaos, noise and traffic of central Bucharest.
The Palace was designed by Constantin Brancoveanu, a Wallachian prince, in 1698-1702 as a summer residence and inheritance for his son Stefan. After Stefan was killed, it served as an inn and a warehouse before being turned over to the Bibescu family, relations of the Branconveanu's. It was handed over to the State in 1956 and served as a museum until the 1970s when Ceausescu closed it and appropriated all the furniture.
Be sure to take a peek in the St. George's Chapel, have a look behind the Palace at the gardens and lake, have a walk in the woods, and find the mammoth statue of Lenin, removed from the Piata Presei after the 1989 revolution, and a slightly smaller statue of prime minister Petru Groza behind the old kitchen wall.
Less important is a visit to the interior of the Palace, it's rather spartanly decorated, with little furniture or wall decoration thanks to Ceausescu. Still, it's only 40,000 lei (about $2US) to visit so I figured we're here, might as well. Just don't bother with the camera fee, very little to photograph here.
To get there we hopped on a maxitaxi heading to Buftea from the starting point near Bucuresti Nord train station, 20,000 lei each to ride (less than $1US). Since there are not marked stops, be sure and ask a local where to get off or if possible sit near the driver. There is a brown sign on the side of the road marking where to turn. From there you walk about 1/4 mile to the Palace grounds. On the way back, we stood by the side of the road (no sign marking the stop) and within 10-15 minutes a maxitaxi was whisking back to central Bucharest. I think it took about 20 minutes to get there.
Like many other cities across the world before them, Bucharest is counting on a herd of fiberglass cows to bring in a herd of camera toting tourists and to brighten up the city with the whimsically designed bovines.
Bucharest is one of several cities hosting Cow Parades this summer. The first public displays of cows as art was in Switzerland in 1998, in 1999 my hometown of Chicago adopted the idea and was successful in getting lots of people to visit to see them. Since then many other cities have used this idea to sponsor public art and raise funds for charity when the cows are auctioned off at the end.
We only came across two while in Bucharest, since it was the beginning of the exhibition there was no map of the locations to be found but In Your Pocket promised to have one in their June/July issue.
The Cow Parade runs through September 12 after which the cows will be auctioned off for charity.
The statue marks the spot from where all the distances to other Romanian cities are measured. The marker says it's in memory of December 21, 1989, the day the Revolution started that ultimately ended in Ceausescu's death. It also lists April 22-June 13, 1990
In Your Pocket lists the kilometre 0 marker as being on Boulevard Bratianu in front of Sf. Gheorghe church with a different description, this one is in front of the Teatrul National so I'm wondering if there are two Kilometre 0 markers
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