It came as a surprise to me to be facing the world’s second-largest building. As you can imagine it is grand and imposing. Neo-classically styled it has 12 storeys with 3100 rooms, and it isn’t even finished yet!
I’m not visiting Dubai or the Far East; I’m in Europe. Built in 1984 the Palace of Parliament is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation. I’m in awe as I visit Bucharest, the capital of Romania.
The imposing Ceaușescu built Palace of the Parliament, or People’s Palace in Bucharest.
A stroll around the city provides an endearing mismatch of eras that leaves me wondering what century I’m in. Modern office buildings sit next to remains of medieval churches, by their side French palaces with baroque facades. A centre for artisan culture alongside fast living. It’s no wonder Bucharest earned the nickname, ‘Little Paris’.
I take in the towering ‘Arch Of Triumph’ and the 19th century Roman Athenaeum, this is a city packed with sights. Some may not appeal to tourists; Stray dogs, beggars, loud traffic, and a tangible element of the underworld. Put this aside and exercise caution as you would in any city.
With so many sights where to visit next is the question!
From districts haunted by communism to the lively open-air bar scene in the historic centre. Bucharest is, both architecturally and culturally, an inspiration.
This is my entry into the National Geographic Travel Writing competition. The brief is to write 200 words on your most inspirational travel experience. The closing date is January 24th 2014 and there is a fantastic prize up for grabs of an unforgettable trip to Vietnam. Be lucky!
I couldn’t sleep last night, I think I am going blogging crazy! I haven’t even got the pages in the right order and I am in blog overload. I have looked at so many amazing blogs out there, I already have an inferiority complex. Will mine shape up, should I be more niche, what sort of blogger am I or aiming to be?!? I just want to share some ‘lucky’ hints and tips but will anyone want to hear them? Its all a whirling and blurring in my mind. So I resolve at this early stage the blog is for me, I will write about what I want to write about. And well find and dandy if someone likes it then Yeah, Woop Woop, parTEE time! But if they don’t then oh well, I don’t mind.
How2bBornLucky.com is me, Sue Mellor. Its my lifestyle and I’m happy living it, and writing it. If you don’t like reading it hop over to one of the other 200 million blogs out there, (as at April 2013). It seems it’s not just me then, the world is Blogging Crazy!
So I’m entering a new strange place……. I am told it is called the Blogosphere. I feel excited yet apprehensive, uncertain of what lies ahead. Will people like my writing, will I think of things to blog about, will I be a success and invited to lots of parties, will I figure out how to link my Facebook account so all you lovely readers can ‘like’ my page?!?
Only time will reveal the answers to these questions. But for now I will pour some more wine, and search on google for the answer to the latter.