The Seasons Bucharest Hotel
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... drove south to the Addison Hotel Blu in downtown Bucharest. The City had wide streets (Avenues) and many parks with primarily concrete building. Most of the buildings were gray which we came to find out that this was a result of the communist influence, with patches of concrete that had weathered away, and there were wires running along the front of buildings in a very haphazard manner, ...
... but the former home of a famous Romanian official. Beautiful old furniture was on display, in addition to the thorough art collection, which included two pieces by Matisse, a Picasso, and multiple paintings by Renoir. There were many, many works by Romanian artists as well, particularly Nicolae Grigorescu, who Sorina told me is considered to be the national painter of Romania. “We learn about him in school and take field trips to see his paintings – ...
... 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 ...
... in front of a special tribunal, convicted and then shot by a firing squad on December 25, 1989.
Even today, Simone told us, some still reminisce fondly about the good old days under Ceaușescu.
Romanian Atheneum a 1888 Opera House
We ended our walk at an 1888, ornate, domed, circular building which is the city's concert hall.
....And Now for Lunch
... past the women's toilet and place a candle on the seat. My efforts were fruitless... Every time I came back, the candle was gone. The guys we were with found it hilarious... I still haven't used my right hand. Despite 'the incident' we had a great night and when I finally managed to force Adam into the tiny elevator at the hotel it was coming on 5am. I think the laziness will really be setting in ...