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Day 22: Bucharest, Romania

And it's good old country comfort in my bones, just the sweetest sound my ears have ever known...lyrics from the sound "Country Comfort" by Elton John

sunny 19 °C

Overnight, our passports were scanned by the Romanian authorities as we entered into their country. The ship was anchored at Turnu Magurele, Romania in the morning. We said goodbye to the Viking Lofn at 7:30 am for our long drive to Bucharest, the capital and largest city in Romania. The day consisted of a panoramic view of the city, a stop at the "Old Town", lunch, and a visit to the Village Museum.

Some of the views of the countryside as we traveled along the road to the city including a major backup of trucks catching the morning ferry (also, no major expressways leading to the capital this far out).

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Once we came into the city proper, we encountered major traffic backups that are legendary (they would make a New York taxi driver shake).

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As noted earlier, we did a panoramic drive thru the city passing the Arch of Triumph, Revolution Square, Constitution Square, the Parliament building (second largest administrative building in the world behind the Pentagon) and many beautiful buildings along the way. The local guide also pointed out the devasting effects of communism on Romania under the rule of Nicolae Ceausescu who essentially set out to destroy the history, buildings and ancestry of Romania. Passing through many of these former soviet bloc countries we found that many locals saw good and bad in communism (e.g., Serbia); however, not so in Romania who peoples seem to universally hate it. In the end, after their revolution and the overthrow of the government, they executed Nicolae and his wife (for genocide). Since we did not stop at any of the sites, other than the Parliament building (5-minute photo stop), I have included some pictures along the way.

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We then stopped for lunch at the "Old Town" section of the city. This section of the city contains pubs, restaurants, shops, medieval ruins (Vlad the Impaler former court, and the National Museum of Romanian History,

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as well as the Church of the "Stavropaleos" Monastery.

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Within no time at all, we were off again to the Village Museum located in the King Michael I Park. This open-air museum houses close to 300 authentic Romanian peasant farms, houses and churches brought here from the countryside and reassembled. We strolled through the park taking a few photos.

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As 4:30 pm rolled around we headed off to the Marriot for our first night on land (you know I was tired by taking a picture of our hotel)!

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After check-in, we headed to "Champions" bar and grill in the hotel. Even in Romania, we are never too far from home.

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Following a burger and fries, we went to our room and repacked for our northerly trip to Transylvania in the morning.

Posted by Argenti Travel 16:32 Archived in Romania

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