BYOB to Bucuresti, Baby

After the stunning architecture of Prague and the majestic beauty of the Bavarian Alps, my initial impression of Bucharest is tepid.

It’s a city in transition. The old, dirty physical remnants of communism Ceausescu-style haven’t been washed away. Amid the gray, block buildings of a failed economic system are shiny glass structures, testimony to a more prosperous future. And in and among all of it is the occasional historic jewel.

It’s Bucharest, baby, and it’s a loud, noisy capitol city that is a hodgepodge of past and present and home to more than 2 million people.

John and I visited an enormous market yesterday to stock our narrow, but well-equipped kitchen.

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Vendors hawked their wares and produce, fruit and meat were plentiful. I was surprised to see that you could bring an empty bottle and have it filled with unpasteurized milk.
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We popped into a wine store and discovered that you can bring-your-own-bottle to buy wine as well. Or, you can buy a plastic, 2-liter bottle from the retailer like we did and fill it with the Romanian wine of your choice. We opted for a Merlot.

Strolling around the Old Town today, I spotted a red circle on a old building. It indicates that the structure isn’t built to withstand an earthquake.

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The Stavropoleos Monastery has survived an earthquake or two. Restored to perfection, it was originally built in 1724.

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