The other face of Bucharest: Cotroceni
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There was a time when travelers wouldn't care to visit Greece. People there were deemed rude and unfriendly. Then came the mass of 'blue-dome' pictures and it all changed. The crowds came and perceptions changed for many. When it comes to Europe and that 'Once in a lifetime' trip, no matter how cheap and unexplored East Europe is, it still goes unnoticed. East Europe is unprocessed and welcomes anyone who would care to skip Paris and London, with open arms. The countries here are more than ready to shed the layers of misconception tied to them over the years.
However, just like you can't filter politics from travel neither can you filter history and current events out. You'd easily co-relate Trump with America, lush vegetation with Indonesia, fashion with Paris .....and communism with Romania.
While visitors find it fascinating to delve deeper into Romania's past, the locals are split between enlightening them about the right aspects and highlighting exciting alternate possibilities.
Cotroceni is one such anomaly. It's on the rise of 'things to do' and 'Instagram-able places to visit' and one can easily get why, once you take a walk around the neighborhood.
Heritage homes done tastefully look down on you while pets create a ruckus. There's foliage and pastels everywhere. Cafes like the Jazz Book Bistro and Ceainăria Infinitea prove to be unconventional spots to evade the sudden shower and get a taste of the new emerging Romania. Cotroceni shows no visible signs of the events of the past couple of decades. For a country with warm people who talk candidly about their past and are devoted to eradicating misapprehensions, Cotroceni is a breath of fresh air.
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- We went on an Architectural Hunt in the neighborhood of Cotroceni
- An Architectural hunt is a game where you're given clues and a time-frame to locate unique aspects of the locality with the help of a map. I'd definitely recommend it if you're an active person and you're interested in details. More info here
- Cotroceni can be easily reached by using the subway
- If you'd rather avoid public transport, Uber is quite cheap and very convenient
- I'd definitely recommend spending an hour or so in the Cafe's mentioned above
If you're looking to get some insights into Romania's past, why not start by reading about it here?
We were hosted by the Experience Bucharest team during our stay in Bucharest., however as alwaysall opinions are our own.
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