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Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Centru Civic August 11th 2014

I've been living in Bucharest for 18 years and I tend to walk through it without looking around much. At some point, I noticed that there are some wonderful buildings in this city and that, even though most of them are not very well taken care of, there are still plenty of things to see here. This is more of a photo album than a trip and I hope it will grow over time. There are plenty of beautiful things in Bucharest that I haven't seen and plenty others that I've seen too often and became used to pass by without a second thought. I intend to change that.... read more
Lutheran Church
Sissi Spring
Small Lake in Herastrau

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Bucurestii Noi August 10th 2014

There are quite a few things to see in and around Bucharest, the Mogosoaia Palace being one of them. Built around 1700 for Constantin Brancoveanu and rebuilt after WWI, it is a nice place to visit if you have two hours to spare. Although it is very close to Bucharest, the place is very quiet and the scenery is beautiful. The park, the lake and the buildings themselves are well taken care of. Unfortunately, the inside of the palace does not offer much to see, unless you are a fan of modern art.... read more
Lake
Old church tower
Old church

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest June 20th 2014

The perception of Romania held by many was reflected in the weather on my first day in Bucharest – a city that is celebrating its 555thyear since it was first mentioned in texts. Though summer, an unseasonal deluge had descended upon the capital – the sky dark and leaden, the rain torrential. A gloom hung over the eclectic architectural styles whose facades varied from the bland to grand – elegant domes of Orthodox churches, drab communist era apartments, a classical abode flourished with ornate patterns, a modern glass encased office block were intermingled amongst the alleys, streets and boulevards. Romania is a nation more known for its infamy than its beauty with such historical figures as Vlad the Impaler (the 15th century inspiration for Dracula) and Nicolae Ceaușescu (the Communist dictator who ruled from 1967-1989), and ... read more
The Central University Library of Bucharest - Romania
Spacious interior of the Palace of the Parliament - Bucharest, Romania
Father and son hold hands in the Fagaras Mountains - Romania

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest August 10th 2013

Next top, Bucharest, north of Sofia. I took the train leaving Sofia at 7pm. Very different story already...backpackers have gone, we are not anymore on the main Wien-Athens axis...this time, it's a little different. I'm in a 4 berths cabin...and the train is on it's way to Kiev...not for me yet. The train is pretty comfortable, and half empty. I'm sharing the cabin with a Russian guy...my age...who speaks...Russian! At 1am the train stop at the border. Do not forget, Romania and Bulgaria are both members of the EU since 2007...6 years already...and it takes us...4 hours to clear the two controls! They didn't get much involved into our cabin...they took our passport...and return them to us...4 hours later...crazy isn't it! We reached Bucharest by 7.30am...should have been 2 hours earlier, but I don't mind, I'm ... read more
Vlad....aka Count Dracula...
Revolution Square...yes...back in 1989...
Old Town

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest June 15th 2013

Today was always going to be one of the bigger challenges for the BBA V2 if only for what we have read about Bucharest and the perils tourists can face when visiting the city with scams,gypsies and roaming dogs.! The weather promises to be fine and the temperature projected to hit 30C+ but has dawned cloudy which might actually be better especially if we clock up a few kilometres touring the city. The hotel served up an expresso coffee with a croissant and we substituted that for the instant Nescafe as we felt it would give us a buzz enough to keep us going all day. The reception didn't know anything about a bus to the city and suggested a taxi at between RON 100 to 200 max or about €45 to €90 to get to ... read more
The Arc de Triumpf
Lovely park for the people
Home of Romanian rugby

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest June 14th 2013

We left Tulcea with a mix of feelings regarding the Danube and its delta.We had come here because we wanted to experience the delta and its wildlife but had failed because we couldn't arrange a boat trip that we were happy with both from a cost point of view and a boat owner that we felt would give us what we were looking for in a boat that we felt safe in. However all was not lost as far as the Danube was concerned for us but more about that later. With a big day of travel ahead of us we got ourselves organised early and on the road to Bucharest. Vicky wanted to take us south on the E87,the road we had arrived into Tulcea on from Mamaia, and then west on the A2,the main ... read more
Romania in the foreground,then the Danube and in the distance, Ukraine
Loaded onto the barge
Incoming barge from Braila

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest June 9th 2013

Hey guys! Just over a week ago I took a trip for a few days to Bucharest, capital of Romania, after having wanted to visit the city for many years. Being the capital of a communist satellite state, the city retains many strange features not present in other places, making it a unique tourist attraction. The city is famous mostly for the Palace of Parliament, the second largest, most expensive, and heaviest building in the world - containing several different functions of the running of the state. It is also open for tourists to visit, and on the second day of my trip I took a tour, visiting many rooms (including state meeting rooms and a theatre), the basement and the rooftop terrace. The building is almost completely made out of marble with huge chandeliers, and ... read more
Boulevard Unirii
Marble Interior
Inside a House

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest September 23rd 2012

The entire team rolled into Romania from various parts of the US and a few from Brussels (early travelers)! We enjoyed each other's company last night at Carul cu Bere which seemed to be the most popular place in town. The waitor put together a spread of appetizers including traditional mix of tomatoes, cucumbers, red peppers, eggplant, various cheese (sheep, head, cream) and meats (liverwurst, sausage, raw bacon). Paul found it challenging to try everything while others grimaced. Once to the main courses, we saw a mix of stuffed squash, cabbage leaves, and wine leaves with mincemeat, while others select various sausages or chicken dishes. Compliments included 'baked potato', beans, or palenta. Most of us tried the local beer as well as 'Carlsburg' -- a beer from Denmark. Don and Britt were pressured into dancing ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest August 1st 2012

De ce? Pentru ca vreau sa imi amintesc toate locurile in care am fost. Stiu ca este tarziu, ca nu voi apuca sa scriu despre Paris, Londra, Cehia, Croatia...dar mai bine mai tarziu decat niciodata.... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 1st 2012

For today we had the plan to go to a festival we had spotted staring bands as Within Temptation, Evanesence and Guns n' Roses. We were also interested in watching the final in the European football championships, and had looked that we might be able to see the end of the game if Guns n' Roses had a good gig, and the complete game if Guns n' Roses sucked. We had been up quite late last evening enjoying our terrace, so we slept late and after that we went to the same beerhall as yesterday for lunch. We had a sausage plate for two as main course, a little bit too much and a little bit to heavy for us, but we were able to go the whole day on that meal. We then had a ... read more
The drummer of Evanesence, doesn't he look like Animal from the Muppets?
Axl Rose, older but still going strong
The light show of Gn'R was spectacular




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