Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels.

This week’s photo is of Bucharest as seen from the InterContinental Hotel.

Sadly, most of Bucharest’s historic buildings were destroyed by ex-dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who cleared the way for larger and grander buildings to be made in his honor.

The neighborhood of Lipscani was also scheduled to be demolished, but luckily that never actually happened. Today that area is known as Bucharest’s Old Town, and it’s an attractive enclave of culture and historic architecture. Surrounded by a mix of newer communist and modern architecture, it isn’t until you view the city from above that you really begin to appreciate and come to love Bucharest’s unique contrast of architectural styles.

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