|Love the mix of the new and old.|
|Saw a number of American named streets.|
|The Romanian Atheneum, built by a French architect, was a lovely change from so much of Bucharest’s rather drab communist-style architecture. The Atheneum’s a sanctuary of Romanian culture hosting musical events, etc.|
|Ivy: Seeing these posters all over the city made me think of Ben! |
Across from the Memorial is the Romanian National Art Museum housed in the former
|The Gallery today|
The cost to take photos though, was a whopping 100 lei, i.e. $33! I asked the ticket taker about the policy and he agreed it was nonsense but the pricing decision was set by the Ministry of Culture, not the museum. I again refused to pay and took photos anyway. I daresay I would not have done well living under the Communist regime or at least I can say that being the person I am today having had the luxury of growing up in a free country.
|The fabulous wall hanging was actually embroidered with silver-gilt thread on silk. Below was a smaller equally beautiful one also from the 17th C. that was embroidered on velvet.|
|These icons were just jaw droppingly gorgeous.The picture above is a just part of the previous one.|
|I wouldn't have cared to run into Bishop Filaret in 1781!|
| We kept seeing all over the museum informational signs of Prince Constantin Brancoveanu so it was neat finally seeing the actual portrait. Below are photos of the grand staircase of the palace wing of the Art Museum, the only photos even I dared take!|
The museum was fabulous and we were both thrilled to see the museum's two wings. It certainly looks like it could do with a very large infusion of cash as the carpets and some of the displays appeared worn.
|Awkward angle for a selfie but a fun way to remember that special time!|
After relaxing on a park bench in the sun for a good while reading our kindles, we headed over to the country’s formal Holocaust Memorial to Romanian Jews and Roma. It was unveiled in 2009 and was widely seen as the government’s 1st step in acknowledging
|The memorial from 2 angles.|
|The memorial could only be walked around except for this one interior space.|
|Sadly, the dozen or so tombstones could only be seen behind a dirty glass wall.|
|How truly horrific.|
|Neither of us had been aware that the Romas had an Indian heritage before seeing this.|
|Puddles of water still remained in the open tracks from the previous day's deluge.|
Each Holocaust Memorial has been different and special in its own way so it's impossible to say which was THE best or THE most moving, etc. With this one freshest in my mind though, the concrete made to resemble train tracks by which the Jews and Roma were deported to the concentration camps made us come face to face again as to what happened in Hitler’s reign of terror and how complicit so many other nations became too.