Nicknamed "the city of joy" by many Romanian writers, Bucharest is founded in 1459 by the prince Vlad Tepes, at the origin of the character of Dracula. It becomes the capital of the very new republic of Romania in 1862, fruit of the union of the provinces of Valachie and of Moldova. If the city doesn't avoid the industrial development of the XIXth century, she also earns it the nickname of "Small Paris of the Balkans". Romania and France weaved solid cultural links in the course of the centuries, a complicity which is notably in the architecture of some districts of Bucharest. Most Romanian masters of work studied in Paris, several French architects drew the plans of the administrative buildings established between both world wars, as Athénée, who receives most concerts of classical music of the festival Enescu, or the law courts. Buildings which articulate around big boulevards punctuated by greenery. Other trace of the French architectural influence, a triumphal arch, on the roadway of Kisseleff, longer although the avenue des Champs-Elysées!
Sport : Sections belonging to CSA Steaua Bucureşti right now are Rugby, ice hockey (, Handball, Water Polo, Basketball, Volleyball, Athletics, Swimming, Gymnastics, Boxing, Rowing, Canoe, Shooting, Weightlifting, Fencing, Tennis, Cycling and Judo.
Also in existence is Clubul Sportiv Steaua Wu-Shu (Martial arts), run by current FC Steaua owner George Becali, with no link to CSA Steaua.
Food : The main ingredients used by Romanian chefs are meats such as pork, beef and lamb, fish, vegetables, dairy products and fruit. A traditional Romanian meal may include:
All kinds of cheeses, cold cuts and vegetable spreads.
Language : Romanian, Hungarian, German and Frensh. Place to visit: The Parliament
It Romanian Atheneum
The Village Museum
Museum of Romanian Peasant
The Old Court Church
The Old Court
Romanian Savings Bank or