A few weeks ago one of my readers, from France, who is planning to visit Romania, sent me an email to ask me about places to see in Bucharest and Transylvania. I happily wrote her a detailed list with my heartfelt recommendations and I thought I should transform one of my suggestions into a blog post and share it with my other readers as well. I know there are many of you who enjoy these insights.
Mogoșoaia Palace is situated about ten kilometers from Bucharest. It was built between 1698-1702 by Constantin Brâncoveanu in what is called the Romanian Renaissance style or Brâncovenesc style. Situated by a lake (as palaces built during the Brâncoveanu epoque usually were), the palace grounds and gardens are an oasis of serenity.
Walking the beautiful, vast domain, or simply lying in the grass and enjoying the view will fill you with a calming energy and you will feel like you have stepped in a different time. Drinks at the restaurant are required, too, to take in the atmosphere and to freshen up, especially if you are visiting in summer. Mogoșoaia Palace is a popular touristic destination and the place becomes crowded during weekends, when they sometimes organize picnics on the premises, so I would suggest a visit during the week days, if you want to capture its true, unique ambiance.
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