The Garden

The garden in Vama Veche where me and Florin spent a few days, belonging to a German woman, was full of surprises: apples, a white, beautiful dog, plums, cats, tomatoes. We stayed in one of the three small wooden cottages built in the garden. 


About 10 km from Bucharest, there is the Mogosoaia Palace, built about 300 years ago by Constantin Brancoveanu and rebuilt in the 1920s by princess Marta Bibescu. It’s located in a dusty commune and to reach the palace, you have to walk about 300m (or even less) from the main boulevard, but the discrepancy between the village, which is poor, dusty, without any spark of glamour and the palace area, which is large, green and full of history, is huge. Anyway, the palace area is stuffed with people walking, taking pictures, making barbecues, picnics, weddings, kids, single women in their 40s, an expensive restaurant located in one of the wings of the palace and many surprising details, including a bucket with rose petals.

On the small road leading to the Palace, about 100m from the main entrance, there where two old ladies chatting and an add saying: we are selling lavender seedlings.


Bucurestii Noi

After a pretty short ride by metro, I arrived in the Bucurestii Noi ( literally New Bucharest) neighborhood  and I had the feeling I landed in a small city, or in a village.

The small, perpendicular streets on the main boulevard called Bucurestii Noi, the old houses, the trees, the smell of autumn, all this was different from the image I had about this district. I thought it’s a modern, developing neighborhood and probably it is, but it’s also stuffed with houses which are not pretentious at all, where families live, a neighbourhood with dogs, old cars, fathers and sons repairing cars. I’ve seen some new apartments blocks built among the houses, but they aren’t that many.

According to Wikipedia, “At the end of the 19th century the area was known as Măicănești or Grefoaicele and was owned by Nicolae Bazilescu. The domain stretched on 295 hectares from which 155 hectares were put out for sale and the rest was donated to the public domain for the construction of streets and parks. In the past the area was a part of Băneasa commune, then it became a part of the city of Grivița. It was integrated in the Bucharest area in the early 1950s when construction of apartment blocks started on the right side of Bucureștii Noi boulevard. The neighborhood contins many penthouses and modern villas which serve a small community of families who own private courtyards. These buildings are an alternative way of living very different from the communist-style apartment blocks found in the other districts of the city.”