La Colonne de Juillet from a cafe on the Place de la Bastille. March, 2010
Bucharest, Romania is an ancient city that combines a rich history, communist era urban renewal, and 21st century capitalism. It is a city of many faces and most definitely a city in transition.
Centuries of religious architecture are embedded within the 20th century city.
However, much of the city was rebuilt with rather stark communist era apartment blocks.
With the arrival of capitalism an overlay of sometimes exuberant advertising adorns the city.
Parliament Palace (formerly known as the People’s Palace) is the world’s second largest building and dominates the Bucharest landscape. Dictator Nicolae Ceausescu demolished a large sector of the old city for this 1980s era modernist-rococo mash-up, it’s grounds, and sprawling parking lots.
Bucharest’s surviving 19th century buildings are getting a make-over as hip cafes and shops move into the neighborhood.
With limited public transit and an explosion of traffic, taxi drivers get around with a little help from their friends—the Saints.
In 2007, Michael Logan captured this view of a tourist photographing her friends “holding up” the leaning tower — always a ubiquitous sight on Pisa’s Campo dei Miracoli.
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After the walk up the hill from the train station you approach the villa, now surrounded by many other houses.
Reflections as you are about to enter the house. The entrance is on the backside of the villa.
The tile tub had a place to recline next to the tub. The tub was open to the master bedroom.
The Roof Garden
As promised in the entry earlier today, here’s a picture of Notre Dame all cleaned up. This was taken by Clay Doyle in 2005 during Paris’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Note the bit of scaffolding in exactly the same location as 1954.
Île de la Cité, Notre Dame de Paris, 2005.
from City of Light No. 2 by Clay Doyle