Travel Blogs from Constanta
July 20, 2013
Cernavoda to Constanta. 68km, 2892 km total
18 to 40 C
Hotel Maria 180 Lei ($54/41€) double & fantastic breakfast buffet
Telephone.: 0241 611 711
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Hiro's back tire was flat when we went down at 6am. He and Junko worked …
... on our way.
I drove; Paul navigated, of course. We noticed we were stared at a lot, but I think it was because we don’t look the least bit Romanian, not because I was driving. Getting out of Constanta was a bit exciting – crazy left-turn across traffic that doesn’t stop, busy roundabouts, stray dogs wandering into the crowded city streets – but we made it. We even found a bank and got so Romanian leu.
The plan had been ...
... On the other side of the road there was a huge lake with a resort sporting a swimming pool and more bars. The lake itself left a lot to be desired - full of rubbish, weeds and generally green and slimy in appearance. Once back at the ship we took advantage of the poolside service and partook in a few margaritas (well not Coraleen of course) and snacks delivered right to our lounger! We could get used to this ...
... meter. Even though he took a circuitous route around the road construction, the meter crawled reasonably slowly to 11, 12, then 13 lei. Then, just as she pulled in the courtyard of the hotel, the meter jumped to 45 lei or $13! At home, they would not bat an eye at a $13 ride. But they have taken several taxies before in Constanta and never paid more than 15 Lei for a much longer ride. Junko knew she was being cheated. She calmly told the driver she was ...
... at the beach to have an opportunity to experience it up close and personal. The guys in the group perked right up when they discovered a few young women without their bikini tops!
The best part of the day was our lunch at a rather posh outdoor restaurant in the center of town. Attractive people, good food although I really can't tell you exactly what we ate. I did recognize the dolmades which seemed to have a chicken ...