Even if Romania's growth rate was among the highest in eastern Europe when we traveled there in 1966, many shop windows were nevertheless empty. And things weren't going to get better, as the country was just beginning to become familiar with a certain Nicolae Ceausescu.

Interestingly, it's in this city of Timisoara that the Ceausescu regime would eventually collapse in December 1989, after the dictator ordered his security forces to fire on demonstrators.

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