Gold for the nostalgic souls
Some twenty or twenty five years ago, together with other journalists, I pleaded for an extremely useful book… The book finally comes out now, due to an Architect, Dan Manea, who is, as I found out, one of the best known architects within Prahova Valley region, a man who restored many things there… Anyway, we are talking of an album, “Sinaia. The City of the Elites”, which pictures almost 130 villas, together with their history. The buildings are larger or smaller and belonged to famous historical personalities like George Enescu, Iorga, Take Ionescu, I. G. Duca, Kogălniceanu, Simu, Boierescu, Slătineanu, Oteteleşanu, Romanov, Bibescu, Lascăr Catargiu, Boliac, Carol Davila, Urechia, Argentoian, Parhon, Caragiale, Nicolae Grigorescu, Alexandri, Grigore Alexandrescu, Vlahuţă, Coşbuc, Eminescu, Cincinat Pavelescu, Sadoveanu, Noica.
Here is virtually everything! History, administration, architecture, entrepreneurship, the Casino, Enescu’s villa in Cumpatu, Iorga’s villa where the Legionaries took from…
Here is a surprise for you. What does the book written by Mr. Architect include? There is this map! Pure gold for nostalgic souls… We have the whole city map. I can picture myself and my wife walking on all streets, on Aosta, on Carol Boulevard, in order to decipher the locations of these villas and houses, and to talk about them further on. There is the map on the back and – here we go! – the huge poster on the front, with 127 houses pictured from a city which is the city of our youth, our adult age and our old age. A truly royal city!
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The transcript of the broadcast:
Some twenty of twenty five years have passed by since, together with other brothers’ journalists, I pleaded for the appearance of an extremely useful book. Some two or three years ago I could see Andrei Pippidi able to coordinate such a book, and even under sumptuous circumstances, because I felt it was unacceptable for us to walk through Sinaia and find all sorts of villas (without knowing whom they belonged to – our note). A city where the whole high-life had its own villa since Carol the First built Peles Castle. And, finally, due to a certain mister architect, Dan Manea, whom I found is one of the best known architects within Prahova Valley region, Mai mult