Bucharest was founded in the 14th century, and the city once was filled with elegant boulevards that looked much like Paris. Ceausescu tore down many of these French-style buildings and replaced them with ugly utilitarian Communist structures.
Today, Bucharest is rebuilding its remaining old town area and working hard to capture tourism dollars. If you have a day in Bucharest, be sure to visit Ceausescu's humongous Parliament Palace. Other interesting sites include the Village Museum, an outdoor museum featuring traditional Romanian structures. These Bucharest photos were taken on a day trip prior to our cruise on the Viking Neptune.