First signs of spring in Bucharest

First signs of spring 2011 in Bucharest: a freshly awaken butterfly sunning himself on the front stairs of the National Museum of History of Romania on 25 March '11 at 11.00 GMT (©Valentin Mandache)

After a long and boringly cold winter, the spring has again been late to arrive this year in Bucharest, at 45 degree North latitude in continental Europe. Today it might be that elusive turning point toward the spring as I have been thrilled to discover and photograph the exquisitely beautiful butterfly pictured above. The creature was sunning itself to gather strength in the bright light of what looks as the first proper spring day of the year in Bucharest. I hope that this encounter is a good omen for the rest of the year!

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I endeavour through this daily series of articles to inspire appreciation of the historic houses of Romania, a virtually undiscovered, but fascinating chapter of European architectural history and heritage.

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