It’s from the West, not from the North, that Roumania has drawn her civilization. All by way of the streets you look in ineffective for any outward token of the near proximity of Russia, with the exception that the outdated Greek Calendar continues to be in use, and that the church buildings belong to the Greek, to not the Latin ceremony. The one issue which I noticed savouring markedly of Russian ideas was the costume of the coachmen, alike in private and public carriages. At Bucharest as at St Petersburg the cabmen placed on the unfastened black velvet coat, which comes proper right down to the heels and is bound across the waist with a vibrant purple silk sash. Their heads are coated with sheepskin kaftans. As in Russia, they drive their group holding one rein in each hand, not every reins in a single hand ; and are seated upon a small, leather-based box-seat with raised sides, enclosing an space which vogue requires they should fill exactly. Usually the pure dimensions of the seat and sitter don’t correspond with each other, and art work referred to as in to provide the deficiency of nature. The outcome’s that the good majority of Roumanian drivers are equipped with the plain dress-improvers, by help from which their seats are crammed to overflowing. This follow, which is derived from Russia, appears odd to Western eyes, nonetheless I don’t know that it’s further absurd than another freak of vogue.
A smaller scale of the Prater at Vienna
The Chaussea is an avenue of acacias, with a plantation of youthful timber on each side, which, when the leaves are completely out, ought to sort a superb copy on a smaller scale of the Prater at Vienna. Alongside the roads there have been infinite consuming locations and cafes, all of which seemed to be doing enterprise. Nonetheless the precise sight of the Chaussea consisted inside the nearly unbroken procession of carriages.
I tried to rely the non-public carriages, nonetheless shortly misplaced my reckoning, as, aside from the good number of cars of each sort, plenty of the non-public public victorias have been so properly appointed that, till you caught sight of the numbers on their lamps, it was not potential to distinguish those that plied for hire from these which have been owned by private individuals. The roadway was broad enough for some half-dozen carriages to drive abreast, nonetheless the throng was so dense that we had frequently to stop in traversing a distance of a full mile in dimension, whereas our carriage was on no account able to proceed at larger than a foot’s tempo. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a finer widespread assortment of horseflesh than that which was displayed on the Chaussea promenade.