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.