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Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest August 15th 2015

Bags finalised then off to our last shipboard breakfast. Lots of goodbyes as we eat then onto the bus for the trip to Bucharest and a visit to the "Palace of the Parliament". This is the 2nd largest building behind the pentagon. It was built by the former dictator (Ceaușescu) about 30 years ago. This place is seriously big. We entered from the car park level, that is -3. Security, hand in passports and then we start our tour. A different tour guide from the parliament buildings. We walk up lots of steps, get told of all the different rooms, most of which are used for conferences or meetings. Half of the building is used as offices and it was never used by Ceaușescu as he was killed after being caught by the good guys. We ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 31st 2015

Well day 2 of my summer adventures ended up getting off to a late start. I ended up getting to bed around 2am - a combination of the overwhelming head, the snoring Pakistani in the bunk next to me and Louise messaging me kept me up - so after getting dressed and having breakfast I left my accommodation around midday. First stop was the train station to stock up on some more bottled water (I have never drunk so much water before!) and then I was off to figure out how to get a bus ticket. The first lady at the ticket office I approached just ended up yelling at me in Romanian (not she what/why she was yelling?). The next lady was slightly more helpful, and by that I mean was able to get my ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Gara de Nord July 30th 2015

Day 1 of my travels in Bucharest done and dusted and my first impression is - well, it's hot, sticky, there are lots of stray cats in the street and shirtless men. Shirtless men with quite substantial beer bellies I might add. My flight to Bucharest was fairly uneventful. I was quite amused going through customs as there was literally no body around even if you had stuff to declare. I then had to try find the bus stop (an easy enough task) and then catch the bus to the train station, which is a 5 minute walk from my accommodation. The bus part was easy but the walk ended up being a bit more confusing. I ended up asking a garbage man for directions, he was very helpful (despite speaking very limited English) but he ... read more

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 29th 2015

Wednesday July 29, 2015 – The train arrived in Bucharest on time, at 6:15am. I’m not a fan of arriving so early, but this time I had a hostel to go to, so it was not a problem. I got some money at an ATM and then took the metro to the hostel. I had to walk about 10 minutes, but the directions were clear. This hostel is small and is an apartment where the owner and his mom live. There are two rooms, and the one I am in is for four people, but I will have it to myself for both nights, which is great. It also comes with a hot breakfast. I took a shower and relaxed a bit and had breakfast, then headed out at 9:30am to find and meet the 10:30 ... read more
Statue of Vlad the Impaler
An example of the impaling process
Stavropoleous church

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest April 25th 2015

Did you know that Romania has the largest population of brown bears in Europe (over 6,500) next to Russia? (Random Ned Fact #47) So hike with caution my friends! Today was our ‘day off’, our rest day from our vacation. How ironic that we felt like we needed a day off from our vacation; however we did. It's been busy, and wonderful at the same time, but behind on blogging, we haven’t really had time to sit back, smell the roses, read a book as we’ve both been so interested in seeing as much as possible while away. These were 4 new countries for Dennis (3 for me) and both of us wanted to absorb as much as possible. Truthfully things are a tad bit fuzzy for me, which is why I keep blogging the most ... read more
One of the many beatiful old buildings/churches
Holy light beams from above :-)
Randome scene:

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest April 24th 2015

Up early as we wanted to skip Bucharest traffic (which I completely understood now!) had breakfast (they had fresh red peppers slices at breakfast so I grabbed a handful for snacking on the coach later!) and asked Hendrik about the possibility of my clothes. He immediate said no, as clients often leave clothes behind to ‘throw away’ so its company policy to either throw them out or if the staff want they can keep. I was flabbergasted (while understanding at the same time) as I knew mine were neatly folded and tucked away; hopefully NOT looking like garbage or unwanted. But he said he would phone the ship; but little to no chance they still existed. I was crushed; not only at the monetary value lost, but again all my fav long sleeved shirts/dress tops and ... read more
Dracula, I mean, Brams Castle....

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest April 23rd 2015

Today was our leaving the ship day; we had a few minutes in bed to have coffee, then coffee. We had (too) quickly packed the night before so it was only a couple of last minute things to add, bags out by 7:45. We had breakfast then left at 09:00 and boarded our coach to go to the famous overly rich, over the top Palace of the Parliament that was built by Ceausescu (and trust me I had to google how to spell that - I was WAY off!). The building itself is 2nd largest in the world, only after the Pentagon, and apparently only by a few feet. It’s enormous and while we only toured about 5% of it - I was exhausted just looking at it. Completely and utterly over the top, Ceausescu built ... read more
View of Bucharest from Palace
Gold and Marble all the way, so over the top
You can rent these halls for weddings/receptions etc.

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
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

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