Fleecing the foreigners

We have spotted a worrying trend whilst researching the latest issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket (which, by the way, will be issue 100. Expect more on that particular subject. Much more): Tourists in Bucharest are being fleeced. In a nutshell, the old communist-era practice of charging foreign tourists more than locals is making a… Continue reading Fleecing the foreigners

Bucharest museum blues

A tale of three Bucharest museums. The director of the Romanian National Art Museum (MNAR), Roxana Theodorescu, told various assembled officials on Wednesday that if they wanted to visit her museum they should do so ‘as quickly as possible,’ because at the rate the museum is having to hand back nationalised works of art to… Continue reading Bucharest museum blues

What can Bucharest really pride itself on?

Last Friday evening we hosted a casual dinner at the Beraria Gambrinus for six distinguished English gentlemen, all in their sixties and seventies, and all except one visiting Bucharest for the first time. (What were we doing in such fine company? Well, one was a close friend of our father’s, and had invited us to… Continue reading What can Bucharest really pride itself on?

Bucharest In Your Pocket 90

So there’s a new issue of Bucharest In Your Pocket out and about; issue 90, in fact. This is the cover: The cover features Strada Xenofon (here), opposite the main entrance to Carol Park in the south of the city. The all-step street – the only of its kind in Bucharest – was earlier this… Continue reading Bucharest In Your Pocket 90

We’re closed

Hidden amongst the usual crap that masquerades as news on Pro TV last night was a short report looking at how many of Bucharest’s major attractions are closed just when tourists (and locals, we might add) want to visit them: bank holidays. The original Mediafax story the Pro TV report was pulled from can be… Continue reading We’re closed