Having missed my flight from Budapest to Istanbul, I make plans to take a detour to Bucharest for the night.
Recharged, we land at Bucharest (OTP) airport around 10PM. I set my watch one hour ahead of Budapest time. Inquiring about a map and bus service to the city centre at The Airport Info Desk I am told “Sorry, no map but take Bus 783 downstairs”.
I am informed that there are nice affordable hotels near Gara de Nord (North Railway Station) and once on the bus I am told jokingly to just “Follow , the leader, leader”. They will make sure I am pointed in the right direction.
In Room Internet and Breakfast are available for an extra charge.
Old Town, Lipscani is a LE$10 cab fare from Hello Hotel and I am dropped off at Carul cu bere a highly recommended Romanian restaurant. Unfortunately, it is past midnight and the kitchen is closed for the evening.
They enjoy their shormas with me and give me local information about the area and Lipscani nightlife.
Happy Birthday, Matt.
Before long I am watching the next Mick Jagger perform.
Apparently there are no recommended Romanian beers so this evening my on going international drinking research will be done with a pint of Holsten Weizen.
A slice of Romanian Birthday cake which flavors my palette with the taste of chocolate and coffee is a complement to my research data and my need further exploration.
The Sun’s coming up and I am just going down.
Back at the hotel, I recap my night at Old Town Lipscani with the night clerk and spend about half an hour learning about life in Romania. I obtain a map and get a little help planning my walk about in a few hours.
Bucharest – Day Two, Kinda
A late afternoon flight to Istanbul and I have time for a highlight self guided walking tour of Bucharest.
The original Arc was made of wood.
Across from The Arc of Triumph is a huge park that today in one small area is hosting an arts and craft street fair.
Back on the metro I exit at Piata Uniri and begin a walk towards The Parliament Building.
The waterfalls are an impressive “eye of the storm” as you walk the very busy street.
At the intersection of Libertatii and Unirii is the front of Parliament Building a huge complex.
It’s past 1:30PM as I leave Parliament and head back to Gara de Nord. I do not have the luxury to take the inexpensive Airport Bus LE$6 for a 4:25PM flight. Instead, at this point the extra LE$44 for a taxi seems worth it.
Despite traffic jams in the city the cab drive does a nice job getting me to the airport on time even after stop for gas and probably to “check his mail”.
Except for having to raid my “trust fund”, I am now glad I missed my original flight from Budapest to Istanbul. I can now cross Romania of my list of “195 Countries To Visit Before I Die”.
I am sure a return is in my future because like Count Dracula I also enjoy the nightlife here.
Tarom 263, Please Take Me To The Land of The Great Ottoman Empire.