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Sep 14, 2017 - Bucharest, Romania

Despite getting up at zero dark thirty, I got on the S Bahn train about 0430, transferred to a second train and was at the Berlin airport smoothly by 5:25 am. After security I went to the Green Wings airport lounge and got some coffee and breakfast. This brings up a point I'd like to share. If you travel a lot, and pay off your balance each month, look into the Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card (I should get a commission for this recommendation). The annual fee is steep at $450 but when I signed up for this card at the beginning of the...

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Aug 19, 2017 - Bucharest, Romania

We disembarked our riverboat and loaded onto coaches for our ride into Bucharest, where we would be spending the next two days. Unfortunately, Zoran was our guide and I let his stream of consciousness babble run over me. When I tried to reconstruct Romania’s history, I came to have some sympathy for his loose facts. There were many forces at work in Romania’s creation. For centuries after the Romans left, many tribes from the east settled in Romania, including the Huns, Slavs, Bulgars, Magyars, and Mongols. In the 13th century, the...

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Nov 8, 2014 - Exploring Bucharest

Today's adventure was the National Village Museum. The Village Museum is an outdoor history museum. They collected homes from throughout Romania and moved them to this site just north of Bucharest. Most of the homes were from the 18th and 19th centuries. (This is similar to Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, where they moved housed to form a museum.) I started my journey today by taking the subway to the “Palace of the Parliament”. As I noted yesterday, this is the largest building in Europe and the 2nd largest in the world (2nd only to...

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Nov 7, 2014 - Touring Bucharest

To get a rough idea of Bucharest, imagine a run-down section of any American city. That's about what the best parts of Bucharest look like! Graffiti everywhere. No matter where you look, everything is a drab, concrete, industrial city. Presumably from decades under communist rule, there is nothing new, nothing pretty. I had breakfast this morning on the rooftop of my building (11th floor). You could see quite a bit of the city, since most buildings are 4 stories high or less. Except for one modern cable-stay bridge, there was nothing...

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Nov 6, 2014 - Arriving in Romania

Landed at the Zurich (Switzerland) airport on time at 11am this morning (which is 5am EST). The airport looked like any airport in the United States. The only real difference is that almost all of the signs were bilingual, German and English. (Zurich is in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.) Curiously, the sign for checking your passports was mono-lingual: English-only! Can you imagine that? A critical sign when going from a German speaking country to a Romanian speaking country was neither in German nor in Romanian! We arrived at the...

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May 1, 2014 - Zurich to Bucharest, Romania

Arrived Zurich around 11:15am local time with less than an hour to get to our onward flight to Bucharest. We made it in plenty time, with fingers crossed our luggage would also get to the plane. About a two hour flight to Bucharest. Immigration was very quick, luggage arrived ok, transport was there for our journey to town, and airport ATM gave me money - good start. We have a studio apartment for our five nights here. Good bathroom, wifi internet, cable tv (with even a few english channels), kitchen (Vicki's happy), located very close to...

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Aug 15, 2013 - Bucharest and Danube Delta

Romania Danube Delta and Bucharest August 9th to 17th We crossed into Romania on a hot morning and there was an immediate change, basically more money. We were travelling up the Black Sea coast and were therefore in the touristy area where there was clearly cash being spent. Once we cleared the coast we found ourselves in wide big vista country with low wide hills given over to wheat and other grain crops. We remarked that this must be how the steppes look - Of course they were the steppes, albeit the western tip of the euro-asian steppe....

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May 4, 2013 - Day 12 - Constanta to Bucharest, Romania

We woke up still in Constanta and on the boat; but about to make a major move from our “home away from home” as it was picking up an entire set of new passengers for the cruise back to Budapest!! It certainly was nice not having to pack and unpack every few days as we traveled through the countryside and from town to town!! Luggage out at 6AM – a quick breakfast and then we said goodbye to our Captain (and the crew); leaving the riverboat at about 8AM. We drove one last time past the scrap metal cranes working away and out of the port....

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Jul 29, 2012 - Bucharest

Hey There.. Today we left Sibiu, Transylvania for Bucharest, Romania...got about 45min out and Blew a hose and were delayed by the side of the road for about another 45 min. lucky for us there was a small bar right across the street in the country! So off we went for a beer and BR break..just a note the ladies BR door did not close so it took one of us to hold the door closed and the other to use the BR. Water ..no towels or dryer. The driver managed to fix the bus along with a few helpers who of course stuck their heads into the engine as...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Bucharest, Romania

New day, new country. We are now in Romania and went to Bucharest to tour the city. It is a really beautiful city and in the nice parts looks a lot like Paris. Our first stop was the "Village Museum", an open air museum with historic houses and churches from all of the different parts of Romania. (Some of you may have been to one like it in Denmark or Sweden.) I love these museums, because they bring the culture to you in a natural setting. There were log houses, thatched roofed houses, windmills, wooden churches, etc. Wonderful, but not...

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Apr 17, 2012 - Romania revisited

I have changed my view of Romania - while they appear to be very serious and suspicious at first glance, here is where first impressions can be wrong. We had a great last day here before leaving for the ship. The best story today was in the telling of Michael Jackson speaking to a huge crowd in Bucharest and exclaiming that "I love Budapest!" . He was speaking to a crowd of many thousands from the balcony of the Peoples Palace built by Ceausescu - a monster of a building that is a gross display of that president's greed - his country was...

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Apr 15, 2012 - Romanian realities

Today was an out of the city tour - and the country side does not look in any better condition than this city. Romania is crumbling and drowning in garbage. It seems as if it is stuck in time with no real idea of how to move on. The older people are firm in their old ways while many of the educated leave Romania for better opportunities and then do not return. Any change will be very slow in coming. The Carpathian Mts are quite pastoral and can be surprisingly beautiful from far away. The castle we visited was labelled with the myth of...

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