Bucharest Dreamy Surroundings

parc1I have been living in Bucharest for about 10 years now, but just this spring I have heard of and visited the Stirbey Palace in Buftea.

It was build by Barbu Stirbey, ruler of Muntenia region between 1853 and 1863 but became famous under his grandson, Prince Barbu Alexandru Stirbey.

Schooled in Paris, the Prince was one of the most important figures of Romanian high society in the early 1900.  He was the administrator of the Crown domains and member of Boarding Council for most important companies of the country: factories, plants, insurance companies and so on. But his personal fortune made from huge inherited domains, forests, factories, vineyards, cotton & rice plantations, a  dairy factory, a mill, cotton bandage factory made him the richest man of Romania at his time.

Even Queen Maria of Romania stayed here during the first world war and other personalities used to visit. Famous writers like Mihail Sadoveanu, Vasile Alecsandri, Ioan Slavici, musicians like George Enescu, other politicians and not only : Lascar Catargiu, Petre Carp, Teodor Rosetti, Mihai Sutu, Titu Maiorescu, gen Ion Argetoianu, Carol Davilla, Gheorghe Gheorghiu Dej, Hrusciov, Jean Marais, Belmondo  stayed at the palace.

Now, the domain is under private adminsitration, an investment fund or something has it and  they organize mostly weddings and private events.

In regular days, when we went, we just ate at the restaurant’s outside terrace. The ambiance is great, quiet, noble, but I am sorry and feel like the palace is kind of in degradation.

The surrounding park next to the lake is gorgeous with his secular trees but still more can be done. I will surely visit again at least to drink a lemonade at the palace. By the way, it was really good:)))

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masa mare

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And the crown jewel, the most exceptional building here is the little church

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Sunset in Bucharest

I am not a professional photographer but yet reality is not like photoshop pictures…so here’s how I see the city from my balcony…communists blocks ahead, construction materials prepared to reabilitate some of them and of course some cranes in the distance. The city is continuously changing, and we have more and more modern places to live in…too bad they’re not in the center, but in villages near Bucharest the developpers call “10 min drive from the city center”:)

Meanwhile the beautiful buildings in the city are left to self destruction..well, it is too expensive to reconstruct..

here is a forum with lots of old great decay buildings

http://www.flickr.com/groups/romania-heritage_destruction/discuss/72157603987484719/

Another extremely interesting blog about old Bucharest, history, people, exquisite architecture

http://art-historia.blogspot.com/

But here I am, in a communist neighbourhood where only the blocks are decaying..