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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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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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