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... the bus. Instead we used taxis which were very cheap and seemed to be there whenever we needed one. First we went to the Palace of the Parliament - a huge building, actually the 2nd biggest administrative building in the world with only the pentagon being bigger. During the 80's over 40 % of the country's GDP was spent on its construction. The building extends 12 floors high with another 4 floors underground. The tour was really interesting and the building ...
... but it has been burned and rebuilt over the years so what we see now is not old. Inside are fresco’s common in Orthodox Churches elsewhere. The vast majority of Romanians are Orthodox.
The Caravan Sari and then on to the Vlad the Impaler
We took a quick look through the gate of Hanul Hanuc, a real caravan sarai from 1808, before stopping at an archaeological dig fronted by a bust of Vlad Tepes ...
... size: 11px; line-height: 14px; text-align: left; ">The event was enriched by Anne, our summer U.S. intern who graduated from Miami University in Ohio, Bogdan, former Romanian advisee, Syracuse University grad and currently Master's student at MIT, Iulia, former advisee, now a rising sophomore at Grinnell College, and Alexandra, former advisee, now a rising sophomore at University pf Pennsylvania.
... letters on the spot and sends them by email. It worked. I wasn't sure if this would work a second time. I was having so much luck on this trip that I was beginning to wonder when my luck would run out. Would it be with Moldova? I really wasn't looking forward to having to wake up early and find the Moldavian consulate but these things must be done. I have no choice in the matter if I want to visit that country.
The next morning I arrived at the embassy at about 10am ...
... the National Library across the street from the palace.
Here is a beautiful song of my favourite Romanian singer, Maria Tanase, she was singing this many years ago when these palaces and splendid buildings were in their full glory! Here is a little bit of the Little Paris - the other name of Bucharest around 1930s.