Travel Blogs from Bucharest
... to think that I didn't pack enough clothes. I would highly recommend students pack more clothes then they need, or if they don's like cold weather I would advise a different time of the year.
There was an available shuttle bus that goes to the Hotel Cismigiu that I took and luckily the driver spoke a bit of English. If I were to compare Bucharest to the Gold Coast I would say that it is a different world, the whole structure of the place is ...
... humor. Kids playing, people riding rental bikes, rollerblading and taking long romantic strolls are a few of the many activities going under the canopy of trees protecting this large park from the heat of the mid-day sun. The park reeks of peace and tranquility.
...We knew the Folk Village Museum was around there somewhere and had a hell of a time finding the entrance. After a short visit to the gift shop, we went in.
... Sighisoara, dinner in the house where the cruel prince was born, explore the historic centre
of Sibiu, visit Peles and Bran castles.
The mountains we saw from the train were impressive - but Emil assures us it will be much better in Transylvania.. cant wait!
PS - Emil took us to dinner last night - to Hanu Berarilor - where they make their own beers... brilliant!! Had a Romanian Cabernet last night too - sensational. Food, wine and beer continue to amaze :-)
... I expected in the slightest, it was mainly a museum dedicated to a princess that lived there in between the wars. It was a beautiful, higeldy pigeldy building, with many stairs and rooms. There was only one room that mentioned anything about the vampire legends and it only said about Vlad the Impaler having once resided in the castle. The rest was all film and literature hype.
... It was now time to board the 7pm train to Chisinau, with a Moldova visa in hand and a first class cabin all to myself. Well, fingers crossed it's all to myself. It's a two bed cabin and I'm writing this while I'm only half way there so anything can happen. In typical ex-Soviet style, it's quite kitsch with faded curtains and gold trimmings on the cushions. It'll take forever to get there but that's OK. I need the sleep. That all depends on those friendly border guards though. Fingers crossed. ...