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Good Morning All,


Have a wonderful day and weekend, and enjoy the pictures!


otmar  – I did what I could to try to solve the issue with that first post, to no avail. I will download everything and re-submit manually on the back end Monday and so that will publish next Friday, and I’ll re-publish this and last week’s, in order. My sincerest apologies and regards, this will all hopefully be better soon!

Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

This is part three of the Bucharest series.

Now we’re inside the Palace of the Parliament in Bucharest.

A few things to note:

* In case you missed it: that thing is huge.
* They took pride in building it purely from Romanian materials
* The design is, well, bombastic but not artistic
* Like what you get if you mix Versailles with communist megalomania

The area behind the main entrance is decorated in white marble.

The same applies to the main staircases.

They set up this room for the main events of the presidency like the summits of the heads of EU member states.

Our meeting was just next door in a similar setup. Nice room, distances to each others are way too long and the acoustics are terrible.

This room was designs for cabinet meetings during the communist times.

Our guide explained that the plan was to have the large wooden panel decorated with a wooden map of Romania. The one larger chair was supposed to be Ceaușescu’s. Behind him, there is a hidden door as his escape route.

In the bowls of the palace, there are two fully functional nuclear bunkers (apparently, Ceaușescu didn’t like the location of the first one, so they built a second) and a theater.

Here you can seen the overdone marble decoration again.


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


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ otmar: If you are still in Romania, Try to check out Sinaia, Sibiu, and Sighisoara (the birthplace of Vlad Țepeș – the historical Dracula).

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    OzarkHillbilly says:


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    rikyrah says:

    Nice pictures 😊

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    otmar says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Bucharest was just a three day trip for me. I’m pretty sure that there are more beautiful places outside the capital.

    The week after Bucharest brought me to Stockholm. Quite a difference in climate, architecture, people and setting. I’ll upload a set of pictures soon.

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    JPL says:

    @otmar: Thanks.

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    debbie says:

    Based on the exterior, these are not the interior rooms I was expecting. Who knew Ceaușescu was a closeted monarch in search of a palace to call his own?

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    debbie says:


    Yes, alas.

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