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Nov 11, 2018 - Ceauşescu’s Legacy

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about the Palace of Parliament: “Piata Unirii South of the historic centre, Piata Unirii stands at the centre of the new socialist city that Ceauşescu began building in earnest in the 1980s (knocking down much of old Bucharest in the process). The area’s broad boulevard, Boulevard Unirii, was originally intended as a kind of communist-era Champs-Élysées. It was never finished, but the sheer scale conveys something of the intent. The main sights,...

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Nov 10, 2018 - National Village Museum

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about the National Village Museum: “National Village Museum ??Built on the shores Herastrau Lake, this museum is a terrific open-air collection of several dozen homesteads, churches, mills and windmills relocated from rural Romania. Built in 1936 by royal decree, it is one of Europe’s oldest open-air museums and a good choice for kids to boot.” KAPOORS ON THE ROAD We have been to several village museums both at home and during our travels, but I have...

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Nov 10, 2018 - Traversing Bucharest

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about the far-flung sights in Bucharest: “Rebirth Memorial On an island in front of the building on Calea Victoriei stands the Rebirth Memorial – a white obelisk piercing a basketlike crown. It was ridiculed when it was first erected in 2005, but the public has now grown accustomed to it. George Enescu Museum ??A few blocks south of?? Piat??a V??ictoriei is this museum dedicated to national com- poser George Enescu (1881–1955). The real lure is the...

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Nov 6, 2018 - Bucharest, Romania

@@@@@@@ BACKGROUND Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Romania & Bulgaria has to say about Bucharest: “Romania’s capital gets a bad rap, but in fact it’s dynamic, energetic and fun. It’s where still-unreconstructed communism meets unbridled capitalism; where the soporific forces of the EU meet the passions of the Balkans. Many travellers give the city just a night or two before heading off to Transylvania, but that’s clearly not enough. Allow at least a few days to take in the good museums, stroll the parks and hang out at trendy...

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Sep 11, 2018 - A long day drive to Tulcea

So now we are off to begin the adventure! We had the morning, until 11:30am, free. Since we've already toured around Bucharest, there wasn't really anything we needed to do so we just had a leisurely morning. By 11:30, we were all gathered upside the hotel. Dris (drees) had arranged 4 taxis to come and take us to the bus station where we'd be catching a public bus to Tulcea (tool cha). Jef, Margaret and I got in the first taxi and took off. We arrived at the bus station about 15 minutes later but the second taxi had beat us there. The...

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Sep 9, 2018 - Transylvania!

Happy 66th wedding anniversary Mom & Dad!! We hope you had a nice meal and a chance to celebrate. We had a bit of an early start today as the pick up for our tour to Transylvania's castles was at 7:40am. Since breakfast didn't start until 8, we'd asked if we could have a to-go one and they were able to do that for us; very nice. The pick up bus was right on time and took us to a central meeting point where we joined 28 other people on a bigger bus. We weren't the only Americans (2 or 3 others); there were people from UK, France, Germany,...

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Jul 30, 2018 - 24th July

Dear all, Well hear we are again. Life is very busy. We will need to have a holiday on our return . This is a trip not a holiday, but we are having a great time and seeing a new world. The countries we are visiting have been all under Communist rule since World War 1 and revolutions deposed the party and the dictator leader. For Bucharest it was in 1989. The Parliment where we were was built bigger than the Pentagon and has floors down into the earth as well as 10 floors above the ground. The Peles castle was very dark wood but the...

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Our Big Trip

Jul 23, 2018 - New trip begins

Dear all, Well our new trip begins. For those who don't know in our trip from London via Frankfurt yesterday, Sunday, our bags were off loaded in Frankfurt and unfortunately did not arrive with us in Bucharest. We had already been held up for sometime due to weather in Frankfurt so arrived late in Bucharest. After a long time, explanation and paperwork we were finally reunited with our transfer driver and arrived at our hotel very late. We were promised our luggage by 6.30 am today and at precisely at 6.33 am they were delivered to our...

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Our Big Trip

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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Balkans 2014

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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Balkans 2014

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