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Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 10th 2019

Cu greu m-am mai organizat, dar intr-o Duminica, am decis ca Luni, sa fac o vizita la gradina botanica. De la mine din Titan pana la gradina botanica, nu este mult, cu masina, insa eu am schimbat un pic regulile de data asta. Cum sunt la regim strict, am decis ca este momentul sa schimb masina cu ceva device de facut efort si de ars grasime, asa ca m-am gandit la o bicicleta. Nu a trebuit sa caut prea mult si am gasit url= bicicleta de la vmag, mi-a inspirat mie incredere. Acum ca aveam cu ce sa ma deplasez, am decis sa imi iau inima in dinti si sa plec la drum. In ciuda faptului ca sunt novice la partea cu pedalatul, fiind probabil ca a 5-a oara cand merg cu bicicleta in viata mea, ... read more
flori in interior

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest » Dudesti June 5th 2019

We took a side trip to Brasov, a former German stronghold, with architecture and people to match. We took the train up there, 2.5 hours each way, and got to enjoy the countryside and mountains. Brasov is a winter ski resort, and Bran Castle is the big year round attraction. Our guide, Tudor is a ski instructor in Austria during the winter, and a custom tour guide in the remainder of the year. He was quite insightful about the German occupation, and the distinction most Romanians strongly embrace: they are derived from the Roman Empire, and not the Slavics! Bran Castle was a nice visit, and we took the ski tram to the top for a great city view. As I mentioned, the famous Romanian tennis player, Ion Tiriac is the richest man in Romania, with ... read more
In the private wine cellar
Shakespeare in Romanian??
In front of Parliament

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest May 19th 2019

This rather small, obscure country has produced four Nobel prize winners: Romania is home to four Nobel Prize laureates: George Emil Palade (medicine), Elie Wiesel (peace), Herta Müller (literature) and Stefan Hell (chemistry). Of course, Elie Wiesel is the only one most of us are familiar with. Mr. Wiesel made it his life's work to bear witness to the genocide committed by the Nazis during World War 2. He was the world's leading spokesman on the Holocaust. He was a barely alive 17 year old when the Americans opened the camp, having lost his parents and a younger sister in the camps. But he did not fight only to remember the Holocaust, he fought indifference, and saw it as a struggle for peace. His words, "The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference." He ... read more
Keep the culture alive!

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest May 17th 2019

If you saw the Seinfeld episode about the "gifts" of the Romanian gymnast, you know what I am saying. But for most of you, all we know about Romania are the famous gymnasts like Nadia, and the Karolyi coaching team. But a good friend of mine, known as "Dirty Pat" is teaching in Bucharest, Romania this year on a Fulbright Scholarship. He has graciously asked me to join him (and his lovely wife) for a few days, on my way to Istanbul. Romania is located in southeastern Europe, with a population of only 20 million people. Bucharest, at almost 2 million people, is the largest city. Romania is a semi-presidential democracy, with a bicameral parliament. The President is currently Klaus Iohannis. Romania is in the European Union, as well as NATO. "Romanian legend has it that ... read more
Tricky Dick and Chow

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest September 15th 2018

Dag 19 – Rondreis Roemenië – zaterdag 15 september 2018 – Bezoek aan Boekarest. Rondrit met de bus, in deze historische hoofdstad van meer dan 2miljoen inwoners. Petit Paris werd het genoemd in de 19de eeuw, vanwege zijn grote klassieke en barokke gebouwen, pleinen en lanen. Met het onvermijdelijk bezoek aan het 'Paleis' van Ceaucescu. Het 2de grootste gebouw ter wereld, na het Pentagon. Of hoe een communistische dictator zijn volk uithongerde voor eigen grootheidswaanzin.... read more
Zijaanzicht van het Paleis van Ceaucescu
Zicht van op het balkon van het Paleis van Ceaucescu
Het Paleis binnenin

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest September 14th 2018

Dag 18 – Rondreis Roemenië – vrijdag 14 september 2018 – Verplaatsing naar Bucuresti (255km) Sinds deze morgen is de terugweg naar het westen ingezet. 230km echte autoweg (4-vaks) naar Boekarest. Tenminste tot aan de 'Cintura', de ring rond de Boekarest. Evenveel file als op die van Brussel, maar dan meestal op 2vakken, met ronde punten bij op- en afritten. Dat was wringen. We staan op een stadscamping binnen die ring, in een bosachtig domein, mooi opeen gepakt. Een Franse groep Mh'ers die ons al op verschillende plaatsen achtervolgden (of wij hen) staan er ook al. Ook een groep van een 20-tal NL caravanners. De campingbaas vond wel een plaats voor iedereen. Kassa, kassa. Hopelijk beginnen die nl-ders morgen niet aan hun algemene schoonmaak. Van de Fransen verwacht ik dat minder.... read more
Camping Boekarest

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 13th 2018

7-13-18 Friday. Bucharest. We joined the group for a walk to a nearby produce and souvenir market but soon struck out on our own for the former residence (now a museum) of two very talented artists, Frederic and Cecilia Cuțescu-Storck. They were a married couple, he a sculptor, she a painter. There were many marble and bronze busts, a couple of full sized bronzes of a beautiful naked muscular man and a cleric, and many paintings influenced by Gaughin. One of the large rooms had murals on walls and ceiling. Unfortunately we only had enough local currency (Romanian lei) for the entrance but not enough for the photography fee. After lunch at the beer hall we had visited the day before, the group boarded buses for the drive to Constanza, the port on the Black Sea ... read more
produce market, Bucharest
Art Museum "Frederic Storck and Cecilia-Cuţescu", Bucharest
Art Museum "Frederic Storck and Cecilia-Cuţescu", Bucharest

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 12th 2018

7-12-18 Thursday. Our Bucharest city tour began with a visit to Revolution Square where we had the pleasure of hearing from a hero of the 1989 revolution in which the Communist government was overthrown. He was only 15 at the time but was out in the streets shouting “down with communism” and many of his fellow rebels and ordinary citizens were shot down in the square. He took a bullet in his hand. He had a Romanian flag from the time with a hole in it where the rebels had cut out the communist symbol. Since then the Romanian flag just has the three stripes.The talk was next to an old Orthodox church which had fallen into disrepair under the Communist government but has been recently restored. The Communist government had intended to tear it down ... read more
Biserica Kretzulescu, Eastern Orthodox church, Bucharest
Biserica Kretzulescu, Eastern Orthodox church, Bucharest
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bucharest

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest July 11th 2018

7-11-18, Wednesday. Bucharest. A few blocks from our hotel was an old synagogue. The interior was like a museum in that the walls were covered with the history of what happened to the Jews of Bucharest with the rise of fascism at the beginning of WWII. As soon as I saw a newspaper photo of the rubble of a synagogue, I began to cry and couldn’t read any more. Instead I busied myself with taking photos of the building and artifacts. Not far away was another, more picturesque synagogue where there was an entrance fee that included a lecture given by a middle-aged Romanian Jew who had grown up under Communism. His English was excellent and he spoke it rapidly with a Woody Allen-like attitude. An interesting fact is that communist Romania let Jews migrate to ... read more
Holocaust Museum synagogue, Bucharest
Holocaust Museum synagogue, Bucharest
Holocaust Museum synagogue, Bucharest

Europe » Romania » Muntenia » Bucharest June 17th 2018

HE SAID... Today we were travelling south from Brasov to Bucharest. We were catching an early train to Bucharest, so we had a quick breakfast of muesli, yoghurt, toast, cheese, salami, scrambled eggs and tea. We grabbed our packs, jumped into a taxi and headed to the Brasov railway station. We wandered through the virtually deserted station, found our train and settled in for the two hour trip to Bucharest. The train was not overly comfortable – it was very hot with a strong smell of rotten eggs which we think was fuel-based and coming through the air-conditioning vents. However, once it chugged out of Brasov, the air conditioning kicked in (lightly) and the smell disappeared. We climbed through the Carpathian Mountains, with mist shrouding the tree tops, then sped along lush green agricultural plains which ... read more
palace of parliament
palace of parliament
palace of parliament

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