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Romania, Day One

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With some amazing jetlag (during which I tried to see the Van Gogh Museum during my layover in Amsterdam even though my head kept insisting it was 3am and art cannot be
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One of the inspiring monuments to the revolution is out front of the Parliament Palace where Ceausescu gave his final speech where things turned on him. Though there are jokes about it, it’s about Democracy piercing the cage of Communism (and not a giant potato on a stick).
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Also associated with the revolution is the area in front of the National Theater where much the the killing happened when authorities opened fire on crowds. But there’s also a statue of characters from a Romanian playwright’s work and, though you can hardly see him as the tree obscures him, he sits in a chair enjoying the view of his characters.

 

The streets were both chDSCN2021arming and odd (and by odd I am almost entirely talking about the statue of a naked Roman Emperor Trajan levitating a wolf) and there was a lot to learn about Bucharest and the history of the city and of Romania.

 

 

 

DSCN2010There was also a Dracula (Vlad the Impaler) sighting as he lived in Bucharest for part of his life. More, at least, than the castle they sell tours to as “Dracula’s Castle” where he stayed for 2 or 3 nights. Our tour guide said this happens as the castle looks good, much better than the more villa-like building he would have lived in here.

  1. Just returned from Bucharest last month (my third time there). I hope you love it as much as I have!

    • I definitely loved it. I did a LOT of wandering to museums, sites of the revolution, all around Old Town, it definitely kept me busy. And of course it helps when I found good food and wonderful people.

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