Tuesday 22 March 2022

The Crețulescu church


The Crețulescu church early this morning. In the first volume of Olivia Manning's Balkan Trilogy queues of people flock there in September 1939 to pray for peace. She lived across the road.

Bucharest in the first novel in the trilogy fills with Polish refugees. Last week Ukrainian refugees were everywhere, filling the hotels where I eat breakfast and lunch. Now there seem few left. Three days ago 515,000 Ukrainian citizens had come to Romania since the start of the war in Ukraine, and only 79,000 chose to stay here.

1 comment:

  1. Sir, as a political refugee yourself, I hope you can empathise with them, build bonds with your common suffering.