Blogs from Romania, Europe - page 9


Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Sibiu » Sibiu June 17th 2013

It was by accident when surfing the internet that we discovered the road we are planning to take today and we are filled with apprehension of driving it after the fog of Montenegro and the highway from hell at Kotor.However,this the BBA V2 with the accent on 'adventure' and if the guys from 'Top Gear'can drive it then so can we!! We had a filling breakfast before starting out on the road as we are heading into an area where we don't think there will be much of an opportunity to buy lunch on the road so we had better be prepared that it may be dinner time before we get a good feed again. The day dawned with an absolute clear blue sky and we couldn't have got a better day for what should be ... read more
The far end of the town of Bran
Typical Transylvanian houses in a rural setting
Good example of a Transylvanian house

Europe » Romania » Transilvania » Brasov » Bran June 16th 2013

We probably should have had another day for sightseeing in Bucharest as there were some places we didn’t get to but we don’t think we could have put up with the excuse for a bed that we had at Hotel Ancor.The room was large and all the other facilities were excellent but the bed was a shocker with absolutely no give in it. Upon inspection we discovered it was in reality a bed base and a thin topper pad made from material which gave hardly any softness to the surface we slept on. The bed was voted ‘first equal worst’ with the one we had in Sarajevo and will be reported as such in our Trip Advisor review. We should have complained after the first night and so it was really our own fault to put ... read more
Period furniture from inside the castle
A very solid writing table
The secret passage

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 » Dobrogea » Tulcea June 13th 2013

Gretchen is always saying that her 'travel fairy' comes to the rescue when 'she' is needed and you could say today was one of those days but more about that a little later. We didn't hear back from the guy who emailed to say he would be at the hotel at 8.30am to pick us up for a tour of the Delta so we will play it by ear when the time comes or head on down to the wharf area again and see what is available for other trip opportunities including the guy who said he could take us subject to him having other bookings or others turning up to make the trip worthwhile financially for him. We were smart about having breakfast and 8.30am came and went without anyone turning up to take us ... read more
The delta and river
One of the tributries
Down by the river side

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Tulcea June 12th 2013

It is farewell to the Black Sea today although at Tulcea we won't be that far away from it.In fact it is farewell to the seaside for some time as our planned journey will now start to take us through countries that only have a coast on their western side if at all and our plans are to stay east at least while we are travelling north. The plan was to take the E87,the main road north from Mamaia and we figured a couple of hours and we would be in Tulcea. The fog had basically lifted and as there were people down on the beach we headed down for one last look and some photos and video with people enjoying the sun again. For reasons known only to Victoria she decided to take us on ... read more
Our 4 star hotel,Mamaia
Gretchen trying th Black Sea temperature one last time
The sun is out,the fog is gone and the sunbathers are back on the beach

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Constanta June 11th 2013

This morning we woke to a weather condition we haven't experienced so far on the BBA V2,fog. The view we had up the beach towards Constanta had disappeared completely and there was fog swirling around the hotels around us.Overhead you could glimpse of blue so there was some hope that once the sun got a bit higher in the sky the weather would clear. After a BBA breakfast we headed down to the main road and waited for a bus.A young woman waiting for the bus confirmed that it would take us to a mall we had passed yesterday although it would leave us with a good walk to the attractions we planned to see in the old town. The city's main streets are two or three lane boulevards one of the legacies of the French ... read more
The minaret of the mosque we climbed
Roman mosaics 4th century AD

Europe » Romania » Dobrogea » Constanta June 10th 2013

Crossing borders for the BBA seem to be happening every other day although in reality it is not that frequent but we are starting to tote the numbers up. Another fine and sunny day had dawned(sorry about that to all you Kiwis in the wintry Southern Hemisphere reading this while trying to keep warm)which made for very pleasant driving through the last of the vast Bulgarian wheat and sunflower acreage and over the border into Romania. We were in no hurry again as it was a relatively short journey up to Mamaia a suburb of Constantia and still on the Black Sea coast.Barry the on site manager said for us to take our time but eventually all good things must come to an end and we finally got away from the very comfortable apartment we had ... read more
Fresh breeze,Mamaia
Attractive beach promenade,Mamaia

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 » Transilvania » Cluj May 16th 2013

Time be flying! Almost feels like a just wrote the last post. Cannot believe it's been two weeks! Time is really starting to fly over here, heck I wouldn't even be able to tell you what day it is. The last post came from Amsterdam just after the queens day calibrations. Since then I have covered a lot of ground and had a many adventure!From Amsterdam I was headed towards Berlin and after somehow missing two trains, I finally got my stuff together and arrived in the ever changing city before nightfall. After grabbing some grub and meeting people in my hostel, me and a few guys headed out to Dr. Pongs, a ping pong bar in Berlin. Literally a bar where you play ping pong against everyone in the room well chatting and meeting people. ... read more

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