I’m the last person on earth to ram my opinion down anyone’s throat.
Let’s get a little bit of background shall we?
Romania is a country in a region that is considered to be Eastern Europe, Central Europe, and South-East Europe, and surrounded by Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Moldova, the Ukraine, as well as the Black Sea!
It has a population of almost 20 million people, is considered one of the poorest members of the EU.
That notwithstanding, Romania has the second-longest river in Europe flowing through it – the River Danube – the second-longest mountain range in Europe – the Carpathian Mountains – and has been around as far back as 40,000 years ago!
Bucharest, otherwise known as București, is the capital of Romania.
It has a population of roughly 1.8 million people, is very near the Bulgarian border, and was first mentioned in 1459!
The architecture of Bucharest is an interesting mix of neo-classical, art-deco, French and communist-era design.
In fact, pre-WWI and WWII, Bucharest was sometimes referred to as Little Paris, but was utterly destroyed by earthquakes or the rampant desires of Nicolae Ceaușescu, who preferred Bucharest to look like the country of his dreams, and bull-dozed most of the city to the ground!
In truth, Nicolae Ceaușescu did this to make way for his Palace of the Parliament, which outside of the Pentagon, is the largest administrative building in the world!
Prices are extremely cheap, but do double-check your bill.
Don’t bother to use public transport as Uber is cheap as chips.
The city centre seems to be alright at night, but most of the side roads had no street lamps, so was pretty dark.
There also seems to be a lot of construction going on as the pavements had lots of huge manholes that were fenced off with plastic tape, and couldn’t be seen at night, so that you did, in actual fact, fall in!
Don’t expect service at restaurant and bars.
I live in Berlin, where service isn’t that fantastic, but Romania totally beats nonchalant attitude, hands-down!
The amount of time that I had to ask staff at “nice” restaurants to clear and clean tables before we sat there, was rather too much for my liking.
And apparently, it’s quite the norm!
Romania is a European historical country, mixed with distinct reminders of a socialist past.
WOULD I COME AGAIN?
It didn’t wow me!
I wouldn’t go all out to visit Romania, but if you’re in the region, take a day or two and visit.
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