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Palace of the Parliament at night - Bucharest, Romania  

Palace of the Parliament at night - Bucharest, Romania

Emerging from the Communist Shadow

June 20th 2014
The perception of Romania held by many was reflected in the weather on my first day in Bucharest – a city that is celebrating its 555thyear since it was first mentioned in texts. Though summer, an unseasonal deluge had descended upon the capital – the sky dark and leaden, the rain torrential. A gloom hung over the eclectic architectural styles whose facades varied from the bland to ... read more
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Romanian Flag The principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia - for centuries under the suzerainty of the Turkish Ottoman Empire - secured their autonomy in 1856; they united in 1859 and a few years later adopted the new name of Romania. The country gained recognitio... ... read more
20th July 2014

Fascinating place. Fascinating that yet another despot builds a palace of unbelievable opulence. Fascinating he lasted so long.
22nd July 2014

A long rule
Yes, I was thinking the same too, I was fascinated how Ceaușescu managed to hold onto power for so long. Then I considered the Kim dynasty in North Korea, so dictators being able to retain power for prolonged periods is not unheard of in modern history.

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