Bucharest Historic Centre

Carturesti Carusel, books and gifts in an opulent, restores early-20th-century shopping emporium

Our oasis in Bucharest: Camping Alba Casa

Ceaușescu's former residence

A square with street food in the Old Town

Entrance

Ceaușescu had 89 palaces similar to this one

One of the many bathrooms

Elena had 2000 pairs of shoes

Our strange and funny good guide

Pictures showing the Elena and/or Nicolae Ceaușescu are nowadays forbidden. Only in this kind of place they are allowed.

You get shocked when you see this residence. We needed some lunch and went to the first restaurant we saw -Osho- in this upmarket area. Many expensive cars, but no parking space.

The big indoor swimming pool with all kind of wellness and spa extra devices in other rooms

 

Caru' cu Bere happy hour

The bell-époque interior and stained-glass windows

Caru' cu Bere beerhouse

Headquarters of the Communist Party where Ceaușescu held his last public speech

Romanian Athenaeum

No statue of Emperor Trajan anymore on the stairs of the National History Museum! You still can see the pedestal

Having a drink at Grădina Verona

You see the most expensive cars in Bucharest -actually in all of Romania. Traffic and parking are terrible!

Palace of Parliament

The Palace of Parliament is the world's second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon) and Nicolae Ceaușescu's most infamous creation. Started in 1984 (and still unfinished) the building has more than 3000 rooms and covers 330.000 sq metres.

Brussels

My father happy to be with us, then with Nabila

Wednesday 29.08.2018: Glod/Moroeni - Bucharest (alt 100 m): 132 km - 29ºC

Drive to Bucharest. We settled at the Camping Casa Alba where we spent most of our time today relaxing. In the evening we took a taxi to Piața Universității to walk in the historic Centre. Because we had already had dinner at home, we only had some drinks (not always alcoholic ;o) along our way. The last one was on the roof terrace of the Pura Vida hostel with a guitarist way too loud. Before we had 2 musicians playing the piano and the violin like virtuosoes on the Smârdan Street.  There are so many restaurants, bars and night clubs at Lipscani Street! For tomorrow we reserved a table at the Caru'Cu Bere. N44º31'4" E26º5'35"

 

Thursday 30.08.2018: Bucharest, 31ºC hot

We took the bus 301 to Piața Romana (bus day ticket 10 RON/pax) and walked to the former Residence of Elena and Nicolae Ceaușescu lived (50 RON/pax). At 12:00 pm we took the compulsory tour, which was given by a strange funny guy. Then we had lunch at Osho, a meat restaurant (very good, 157 RON). Julia had an appointment with a dermatologist and got the strange moles extracted after consultation. We then took an Uber to Caru' cu bere, Bucharest's oldest beer house (98 RoN). Walk to the Palace of Parliament and then to the Cișmigiu Garden, where there was a theater festival with lots of entertainment and food stalls. Back home with 2 buses.

 

Friday 31.08.2018: Bucharest, 32ºC hot but bearable

With CleverTaxi we went to the Clinic Biomed on Calea Floreasca 113 where Julia got a new dressing (didn't cost me anything). Lunch at Vacamuu (350 RON, very good). Dessert at the Boulangerie française next door (good frappé and barquette de chocolat, 37 RON). With taxi to the Palace of Parliament, but Julia didn't have her passport with her, so we made a reservation for the first tour tomorrow at 9:00 am. We walked to the Romanian Athenaeum concert hall (10 RON/pax). Walk to Gradina Verona, a garden oasis hidden behind a bookshop (40 RON). Taxi with TaxiClick back home (23 RON).

 

Saturday 01.09.2018: Bucharest + Julia flight to Hamburg

9:00 am tour of Palace of Parliament (40 RON/pax). The Palace of Parliament is the world's second-largest administrative building (after the Pentagon) and Nicolae Ceaușescu's most infamous creation. Started in 1984 (and still unfinished) the building has more than 3000 rooms and covers 330.000 sq metres.

 

Sunday 02. to Thursday 06.09.2018: Volker in Bucharest

 

 

100 Romanian Leu (RON) = ± 22 EUR - 1 EUR = 4.67 RON