For a foreigner, Bucharest is the capital of Romania, for the people leaving here is more than that.
When you are used to travel abroad, of course is easier to make the difference, to understand why a city could speak better for itself, instead of many others could do it. Ignoring the bad rumors, taking into consideration only the good things about the city, let's immagine the trip of a new arrived in town, coming by plane from anywhere.
The arrival in Romania-Bucharest on Henri Coanda International Airport (old name Otopeni).
From the airport you could take a taxi, a yellow and licenced car, or the buss till Piata Unirii, in the heart of the city.
On the way from the airport you will see showrooms for cars, furniture and construction materials shops, a lot of advertising banners, houses and bloc of flats. Somewhere on the left side is Zoo Baneasa and the International Bucharest Baneasa Aurel Vlaicu Airport (old name Baneasa). A lot of hiper and supermarkets could be found now on the road: Metro is one of them.
On the left side is Herastrau lake and Herastrau Park, on the right side is a big building named Casa Presei (old name Casa Scanteii) where the most important news papers and magazines are printed. Closed to Casa Presei, is the exhibition center Romexpo, where in the last years international and internal exhibition and fairs are organized.
World Trade Center, a modern and exclusiviste business center is also situated on the right side.
On the left side, inside the Herastrau Park, or closed to it is situated Palatul Elisabeta, which belongs now to the King of Romania Mihai and to the Princess Margareta; also Muzeul Satului is inside the park, a piece of Romanian old tradition and old houses, more specific you could find here the village in the city. Popular exhibitions are organized here, the traditional folklore, the beautiful costumes, the old houses are telling the story of the village to the visitors.
The Arc of Triumf is presenting the honours in town to the visitors. The National Television buildings are situated on the left side, not far from Herastrau Park. If you choose to go on Ana Ipatescu boulevard, you could see beutiful old houses where a lot of embassies are placed. The Paysan's Museum, The Art Collections Museum, Antipa Museum are situated on the right side. Arrived in Victoriei Square, where Victoriei Palace is situated on the left side, you have to decide on which way to continue, it depends on your final destination. First of all you will reach the Romana Square, where The Academy for Economic Studies, is situated in an old and beutiful huge building, on the left side. Howard Johnson Hotel is situated in the area. If you want to go in the middle of the city and to reach the University Square you will follow on Nicolae Balcescu Boulevard, or you could go on Calea Victoriei Boulevard, which is the next on the right side.