|Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Jumper: £41.30, La Redoute. Watch: £165, Skagen. Belt: £8, Asos. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Bag: Skagen (buy similar here). Shoes: Isabel Marant (in the sale here). Photographs: Christopher O'Donnell|
There's something about Eastern Europe - the architecture, the history, the food - that I love. I have wanted to visit Romania's capital for a while now...we actually wanted to see Transylvania as well but didn't have enough time this trip. Instead, as I had serious jetlag from a work trip the week before, we decided to stroll the cobbled streets, eat some Eastern European comfort food and experience some culture of the city.
As someone with a thirst for travel but a severe lack of time, a nearby city break is the perfect getaway for me. And, weirdly, I love packing for a short city trip - cosy knits, denim and flats are my swear-by attire, and I love to travel light whilst walking around - a neat cross-body bag does the trick (my poor hubby carries the camera!). These loafers are still a great buy, they smarten up jeans and a crombie coat no end.
|Watch: £165, Skagen.|
Bucharest itself, is still a little rough around the edges - Budapest has stolen its crown of Paris of the East - and the Romanian capital still has a long way to go in terms of cafe culture and tourism (it's still very much a stag do location) but it has some real gems, some good coffee shops and art galleries.
We stayed at the Intercontinental hotel, it's a bit more of a business hotel than our usual taste, but for location, comfy beds and the best service, it was perfect. The concierge service is great and they can organise dinners, tours (of Dracula's castle in Transylvania) and taxis etc with no qualms.
|Backpack: £249, Skagen. Bag: Skagen (buy similar here).|
The Old Town is probably the best part of the city to walk around, full of cafes, cobbled streets and historical buildings everywhere you look.
Food-wise, Caru cu Bere is a must for those after decent, homecooked Romanian comfort food with live entertainment - full of tourists and locals alike, it really got us in the mood when we landed. Expect a lot of goulash, meatballs wrapped in cabbage and smoked sausages!
|Biserica Stavropoleos, an Orthodox monastery from 1724|
We really enjoyed the Romanian Museum of Art, but photos weren't allowed inside (except the amazing marble staircase!) - so take it from me that it's worth visiting. The European art included Monet, Renoir and some amazing Flemish and Dutch masters: Van Cuyp and Breughel.
|Carturesti, an amazing book store with cafe|
|Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Jumper: £41.30, La Redoute. Watch: £165, Skagen. Belt: £8, Asos. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Bag: Skagen (buy similar here). Shoes: Isabel Marant (in the sale here).|
Intercontinental Bucharest kindly comped our room but we paid for our flights and all expenses.