A ride through history in the BMW 850i Coupe

The BMW 850i Coupe on the Transfagarasan Highway.
The BMW 850i Coupe on the Transfagarasan Highway.PHOTO: RADU CHINDRIS
The BMW Z4 M40i overlooking the Transfagarasan Highway.
The BMW Z4 M40i overlooking the Transfagarasan Highway.PHOTO: RADU CHINDRIS
(Above from left) The BMW 850i Convertible, 850i Coupe, 7 Series and X7 xDrive40i overlooking a section of the Transfagarasan Highway.
(Above from left) The BMW 850i Convertible, 850i Coupe, 7 Series and X7 xDrive40i overlooking a section of the Transfagarasan Highway.PHOTO: RADU CHINDRIS
The BMW 850i Coupe (left) and the 850i Convertible at a lunch stop at Carol Gastro Bierhaus.
The BMW 850i Coupe (left) and the 850i Convertible at a lunch stop at Carol Gastro Bierhaus.PHOTO: RADU CHINDRIS

The winding roads of the picturesque Transfagarasan Highway in Romania cap an incredible journey through one of the most storied countries in the world

Modern Romania looks and feels like any other Central European state - a lifetime away from its turbulent history.

Yet, in the capital Bucharest, the hard, featureless apartment buildings lining the streets are a stark reminder of what life was during dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's brutal reign.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 24, 2019, with the headline 'A ride through history'. Print Edition | Subscribe