Running Around Romania – The Journey Continues

I know I’ve been off the grid for a while… a month… but I’ve been learning about this cool city and snapping up pics whenever possible. I will still try to do what I said last month, post more often. Soon we will be stepping out of Bucharest, and out of Romania, for some travel in neighboring countries. But for now, here’s some more Bucharest.

More Shots from  Herăstrău Park

As forewarned, I live close by so expect a photo shoot here from time to time. I hope to capture pics in every season. Here’s a bit more summer for you.

Bucharest City Tour – Hop On / Hop Off Bus

This is the first time I’ve utilized this quick way to tour a new city. Figured I would check it out and report back the worthiness of it. I would give it 4/5 stars. One of the stars is because it runs for 12 hours a day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Another star because one of the stops Lipscani, which in a previous post I mentioned it’s a place with shops, restaurants and bars. A pretty hopping place into the wee hours of the morn. You can take the tour bus there and hang out for a few hours. Your ticket is good for 24 hours. We went later in the day so I didn’t get to enjoy the complete tour, and capture pics, in daylight. Here are some shots I took.

Snagov Lake and Dracula’s Final Resting Place

Took a short trip with friends to check out the Snagov Monastery and where Vlad Tepes aka Dracula rests. Well most of him. His torso lies in the grave within the Monastery. His head was sent to Turkey right after his demise and could be anywhere. Or he could really be a vampire and the grave is empty. Hmmm… I don’t have photos of within the monastery because we had to pay to get in (which I did) and then pay $30 USD to take photos (which I didn’t). So enjoy the pics of the outside, animals on the grounds, and the beautiful lake that surrounds Snagov Island, home to the monastery.

Interesting Experience Note: Upon arrival, a gypsy older man directed us into a parking spot that we were already pulling into. Once we were out of the car he promptly requested 10 LEI ($3 USD). We had heard stories of people that were “helped” with parking and when they refused to pay they came back to their cars keyed up. No thank you. So yeah we paid. And then he proceeded to act like he was protecting our car. Maybe he was. Either way we left with the car the same way it was when we had arrived.

More to come next week! Until then, have a fantastic weekend.

6 thoughts on “Running Around Romania – The Journey Continues

  1. Hi dear,
    I’m really enjoying these pictures. It feels a bit weird to read and see you in places I’ve been when our connection was so completely different, but I’m enjoying it! EZ is reading too. We’re enjoying!

    • Hi Nancy!! Hope all is well. Hi to EZ too. Much love to both if you. Any tips on places to check out in Romania? I have a list but love to hear from others who have been here. Recently and the not so much. 🙂

  2. Guarding the car is a common practice everywhere I’ve been in Africa. There, the guard is often a street kid. You’re right, it’s better to pay and in the scheme of things, it’s helping the local economy even if it’s a bit of a scam. I love the photos of beautiful Bucharest.

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