Bucharest Journals

Bring on Bucharest

A July 2006 trip to Bucharest by fizzytom

Palace of the Parliament Photo, Bucharest, Romania More Photos
Quote: The city that terrifies many tourists really isn't so bad - especially with a little planning. Here I help you plan that trip and make suggestions that will make life easier - from the quirky opening times to ensuring you fit in the sights and still enjoy the nightlife.

Bring on Bucharest

Overview

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The sinister yet striking Palace of the People or Palace of Parliament is a must-visit. Not only is the architecture splendid and the interior sumptuous but the guides are terrific and really help you comprehend the significance of the building in Romania's recent history. Quick Tips: Bucharest is a city that needs a bit of planning because its attractions can be spread out - this will save you lots of time and let you cram more into your stay.Best Way To Get Around: So much of the centre of Bucharest is pedestrianised which makes it a pleasure to walk around. However the underground system is a lesson for other major cities - clean, punctual, and with security staff riding the train...Read More

Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn)

Hotel | "Hanul lui Manuc"

Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn) Photo, Bucharest, Romania
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The guidebooks often speak highly of this place and in terms of being a bit different it certainly gets noticed. The hotel is an old coaching inn with rooms on two levels, based around a courtyard which - in warmer weather - is an open air cafe/restaurant. Hanul Lui Manuc does have a bit of history but the renovations which look like they were done in the 1970s are now tired and the rooms are poor. The walls in our room were filthy, the carpet old, threadbare and dirty. The bathroom had seen better days, the beds were lumpy and the furniture was dark and dreary. The television reception kept getting interference from the taxi radios, the rest of the time the picture quality was rubbish. We wouldn't ha...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 2, 2006

Hanul lui Manuc (Manuc's Inn)
62-64 Strada Franceza
Bucharest, Romania

Haveli Indian Restaurant

Restaurant | "Haveli"

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Haveli is well worth the trip to find it. If you're feeling flush take a taxi, we took the Metro and walked and took a taxi back into town afterwards. The restaurant is newly refurbished and very clean and comfortable, modern in style with classic elegance. If anything it lacks a little in comfort but the excellent food more than makes up for that. Old hands at Indian cuisine will be amused at the pains the waiting staff take to make sure you know what you're ordering and will ask if you want your food mild, medium or hot - even a madras! Vegggies are well catered for and main dishes like chicken and lamb curry variations come in at around 25 New Romanian Lire. Altogether two adults can...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 2, 2006

Haveli Indian Restaurant
Episcop Radu No. 3
Bucharest
4 021 211 03 90

L'Harmattan

Restaurant

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What a crime! This place should have been packed and yet it was deathly quiet both times we went in. L'Harmattan is, admittedly, tucked away about two minutes walk from Piata Unirii but its worth the short walk to track it down. Inside it's clean, comfortable and pleasant; the decor is good yet simple - richly painted walls and one or two key items displayed to play on the understated North African theme. The staff are delightful - it's a family affair and you are made to feel very welcome. The menu choices are essentially Morrocan with a few French dishes thrown in too. Staff speak French and English (as well as Romanian of course) and will happily suggest options to help you. I wanted the lamb and q...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 13, 2006

L'Harmattan
56 Strada Franceza
Bucharest
40 21 314 12 50

Palace of the Parliament

Attraction | "Palace of Parliament"

Palace of the Parliament Photo, Bucharest, Romania
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A truly amazing sight and one that shouldn't be missed. Originally called Palace of the People, now known as Palace of Parliament, this massive building is the legacy of Nicolae Ceausescu, former dictator of Romania killed during the revolution of 1989; for this reason it is also known as the Palace of the Lunatic. It is, behind the Pentagon, the second largest government building in the world. It contains amongst its many materials 3,500 tonnes of crystal, mostly in its several thousand chandeliers and 700,000 tonnes of steel and bronze in its monumental doors. An excellent 45 minute guided tour takes you around the Palace with expert commentary, priced approximately £6 per person. Tours ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Palace of the Parliament
Strada Izvor 2-4
Bucharest, Romania
021 316 0300

Romanian Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului)

Attraction | "Museum of the Romanian Peasant"

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Situated a stones throw from Piata Unirii, this wonderful museum may get overlooked by tourists which is a great shame. It was founded in 1990 just six weeks after Ceausescu was overthrown and is in a building that was formerly a Communist Party museum. The bulk of the 100,000 plus exhibits is relating to the history of the Romanian peasant and the collection is made up of thousands of full and partial peasant costumes from various parts of the country, agricultural and craftsmen's items showing how industry and farming have developed over the centuries, ceramic items and other households utensils. The items are mostly well labelled in English and Romanian, and there are additional cards as you ent...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Romanian Peasant Museum (Muzeul Taranului)
Soseaua Kiseleff 3, Bulevardul General Gheorghe Magheru
Bucharest, Romania 011341
021 317 9660

Village Museum

Attraction

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An amazing idea - shame it doesn't quite work. Here you'll find a collection of genuine historic buildings moved from their original sites in places all over Romania and rebuilt here in one place. Churches, barns, mills, waterwheels, cottages, and other buildings found in the countryside, from the last few centuries. Only about one third open each day, presumably due to the number of staff and/or volunteers that would be needed to open each property every day. Sadly they don't tell you before you pay your entry fee so I'm warning you now. It seemed that not much thought had gone into deciding what opens on which days so you don't get much variety. There is meant to be a button you press outside the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Village Museum
28-30, Kiseleff Sos
Bucharest, Romania
+40 (1) 222-9110