This article is about downtown Bucharest on one of the days leading up to Christmas. It will take you on a long walk in Herastrau Park, where the trees were covered in hoary frost, and will continue down Dorobanti Street to Romana Square, and from there to the Christmas Gift Fair at Dalles, close to University Square and metro station.
I took a lot of photographs as I walked through downtown Bucharest to give you a sense of what preparations for Christmas feel like in central Bucharest.
The malls are also interesting this time of the year. There are lots of stalls with handmade products, from jewelry to clothes and accessories (hats, scarves, bags, etc.), vases and other glassware, etc. Then there are music CDs (one company this year showcases their music on a touchscreen for visitors to sample any CD available), lots of sweets, Romanian, Lebanese, etc., Christmas baskets, wine, etc.
Thank you for your visit. Christmas is a beautiful time of the year.
Mira, I came back to visit this lovely tour in season. Thank you for sharing this charming vignette.
Thank you, Derdriu. What can I say, I love taking photos :). And people at crafts fairs always worry I do it to steal their ideas, believe it or not.
Mira, Thank you for this colorful, lovely tour, which is enchanting even outside of the Christmas season.
If you come to Bucharest, I hope you'll have time for a few days around Bucharest as well. You could take the train to Sinaia, for instance, and then to Brasov. You'll be in Brasov in 3 hours. It's a beautiful town to visit. I'll have to dig up some photos and post them. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
I was invited to Bucharest this summer but couldn't make it. I hope I'll get another chance in next years. Looking at these photos I believe winter can be pretty good time for a visit too.
Thank you, ologsinquito!
What lovely pictures. It makes you want to visit Bucharest.
Thank you, Abby. I think it is beautiful, yes. And there's so much I haven't seen!
Romania looks so beautiful, especially in the snow. I'd like to see it if I ever get to Europe