On the Road and In Your Backyard

Good Morning All,

Today is short and sweet. Contrary to recent tradition, it’s otmar Friday and I’m thrilled!

I had a few issues with publishing this from the submission so let’s hope it works for all.

Have a wonderful day and weekend – enjoy the pictures!


Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

This submissions continues from my last one.

We’re still in Bucharest, now on to the meeting venue: Back during the communist times, the strongman Nicolae Ceaușescu wanted to have a proper palace for his reign. This should be big, this should be beautiful and this should be purely Romanian. So they razed a good part of the old city, built avenues and a super-sized palace on a slight elevation of ground.

That thing is huge. Apparently it’s just slightly smaller than the Pentagon.

When the dictator was killed during the revolution in ’89, the building, that had cost a good part of the country’s industrial output, was still unfinished. After a long thinking process, the country decided to finish it and use it to host both houses of parliament plus a number of other organizations. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palace_of_the_Parliament

And of course, it is a perfect, representative location for international conferences.

This series shows the exterior of the building.

Don’t be mistaken, this is just the (north) side, not the main front.

We continue around the corner, and walk up the ramp towards the main entrance.

This is the official entrance to the building.

Walking away, one can finally see the full front.

Walking back to the hotel from dinner, I passed by the Parliament again, this is how it looks at night.


Thank you so much otmar, do send us more when you can.


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10 replies
  1. 1
    Mary G says:

    Great to hear from Otmar again.

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    otmar says:

    I submitted three sets from Bucharest, this is the second one.

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    @otmar: Thanks. That is massive.

  4. 4
    Alain says:

    @otmar: sorry, it was acting up and I was tired. Next Friday will be the rest.

  5. 5
    Don says:

    That may well be the ugliest building I have ever seen. But your images give it at least a sense of respectability. Well done, otmar!

  6. 6
    debbie says:

    Just goes to show: Bigger isn’t always better.

  7. 7
    Amir Khalid says:

    Strongman rulers like Ceaușescu and wannabes like Donald Trump are, as a group, infamously deficient in style and taste.

  8. 8
    stinger says:

    Thank you, otmar!

  9. 9
    Mr. Prosser says:

    @Amir Khalid: Then make sure trump doesn’t see this post.

  10. 10
    otmar says:

    @Mr. Prosser: wait until you see the pictures from the inside …

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