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Mirabela Dauer: Bucharest has lost some of the romantic charm of its past

Singer Mirabela Dauer said in an interview with Agerpres that Bucharest has lost some of the romantic charm of its past, and the only romantic location still in place in Bucharest is the Old City Centre. “Bucharest is gorgeous, but it’s no longer as romantic as it used to be,” she said. „I was born in Bucharest, I lived in Bucharest, I’m working in Bucharest. But I live in Bucharest no longer because … Bucharest is splendid, but it’s not as romantic as it used to be then. I’m not that old, but it’s not what it used to be, it’s not as romantic as it used to be. Bucharest was a green city, with many parks where children used to roll into the grass. These places have vanished. The majority of all those beautiful and green places have been turned into big apartment blocks. The street that I adored, the street where I lived, the neighbourhood of my childhood … I spent my childhood nearby the Vitan post office. Nowadays, there is the post office, but the rest is surrounded by blocks. I never through things would turn this way. I agree with the new constructions, but we should not destroy the old buildings. Beautiful places have been preserved across this entire big and civilized world. But not in Romania. Bucharest is gorgeous, I love it. I agree that beautiful structures were set up. For instance, the new bridge Basarab is stunning, every time I go home I admire it, it’s a joy of mine.
In this interview as part of the “MY CITY, BUCHAREST” project, Mirabela Dauer speaks about the “chaotic” manner the city has been transformed into over the past few years, about the things that convinced her to move out of the Capital, and about the reasons for which she would dedicate the first verse of Eminescu’s “Luceafarul” poem to Bucharest.

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