Friday Fun: Vintage Cities

Having mentioned favourite countries and places in my last post, I thought I’d unearth some historical pictures of a few of my favourite cities. I’ve tried to acknowledge where I found them, but if those sites did not respect copyright issues, I may not have credited the correct place. What strikes me is that these European cities all look quite similar: I don’t know if it’s the grandiose architecture, or the black and white pictures. I’m sure it would be a different story if we looked at a different continent.

Bucharest in the 1930s, from
London, Ludgate Hill in the early 1900s, from A London Inheritance.
Old Vienna, Kartner Ring, from Hip Postcard.
Lyon from the quay, late 19th century, Monovisions.
Berlin, Hallesches Tor, about 1890, from Monovisions.
Rocck’n’roll on the Quays of Paris, 1950, photo by Paul Almasy.

10 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Vintage Cities”

  1. Lovely photos! The only places I’ve been on this list so far are London and Lyon – this post really makes me miss travelling! I look forward to eventually visiting all of them.

  2. Lyon has been on my list of places to visit for years and I need to make a return to Vienna – I was there for only one night on a work trip so only enough time to appreciate just how much there was to see….

  3. Beautiful photos, Marina. Bucharest and Old Vienna look particularly appealing (that architecture!), but I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to any of them.

    1. Bucharest was RUINED by Ceausescu. He tore down many really lovely buildings and then rebuilt the ones on the main roads in the “style” of the old, while buildings off that ended up being ugly Communist blocks. So sad…

  4. I wish Bucharest still looked that good, but that damned Ceausescu made it ugly with his fake “Champs-Élysées”! But Vienna still looks a lot like this today, thank heavens.

    1. Yes, and alas, a lot of the old buildings in Bucharest have fallen into decay… However, I saw some positives in my most recent visit to Bucharest (two years ago), with some houses being renovated in good taste rather than haphazardly.

  5. Anywhere with architecture, museums, a Boho quarter and bookshops would do me, so any of these, please—could you kindly arrange it? Tardis, Wellsian machine, a De Lorean, any of these would do, thanks!

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