Bucharest

1-IMG_6178After all the biking I’m pleased to have settled in one hotel ¬†for 5 nights. The Rembrandt is perfect in many ways;

  • Fast, really fast, internet,
  • Amazingly good breakfasts with unlimited gorgeous coffee and fresh fruit salad ūüôā
  • Spacious room with desk to work at.
  • Great staff
  • Best location, step out into downtown old town through a great cafe.
    Notice I’ve left out the shower, it’s OK but not high power or step in, well there has to be something ūüôā

The only problem is that it’s very full so I have to move on tomorrow.

I really like Bucharest it is a compact city, ¬†lots of culture (yet to be fully explored eg Opera, concerts, museums et)c An excellent mix of refurbed old, & ultramodern cafe’s with a real beat, ¬†olde worlde charm, eclectic shops plus a rawness with the graffiti, redevelopment areas, artist squatter communities. ¬†Oh and it’s still relatively cheap. This place could be once again one of the great European cities.

On Sunday I had a serendipitous experience bumping into Mihai on one of his free guided walking tours around the city & his excellent introduction into the lost skills of impaling a victim by Vlad the impaler plus a lot more modern history on the 1989 revolution, beer in Romania etc etc

Graffiti made with Tippex
Graffiti made with Tippex

Over a lunch ¬†beer I decided to go on his partner’s Simona’s excellent ¬†afternoon’s Alternative Tour taking in graffiti & very cool artist’s cafes. Highly recommended to see a city that is on the edge.

Mihai loving doing the bike tour.
Mihai loving doing the bike tour.

I also signed up and did the Bike Tour of Bucharest (well I did have my bike) If you haven’t¬†‘¬†already cycled 3000 miles to get here then it would be an excellent introduction into cycling in a city not geared up for cycling. ¬†The parks you go through are all very beautiful and its excellent to learn how the prominent statues change with each¬†leadership; Nazism,¬†Communism,¬†Democracy. plus of course lots of other great info. Both tours excellent ¬†and highly recommended.

Today whilst walking to¬†Decathlon Berceni. ¬†I suddenly realised that all Nicolae CeauŇüescu’s¬†¬†grand plan of huge buildings, broad streets etc so reminded me of ¬†my visits to Dubai in fact I reckon they must have used the same architect.

So as you can tell I really like Bucharest ūüôā Tomorrow, Im going with Mihal on his two day Green Way walking tour to Transylvania ¬†exploring¬†Zarnesti,¬†Magura,¬†Bran castle &¬†Brasov.

There pictures of Bucharest Saturday, Sunday, Monday

here is a collage of cabbages made from today’s (Tuesday) pictures:

1-2013-10-29 Bucharest Day4