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First time visitors to Romania

By Traveller August 15, 2016
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First time visitors to Romania

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By Galina Traveller August 15, 2016

Hello! We are visiting Romania for the first time next week, and our last day (Sunday 28) will be spent in Bucharest (staying at the Hotel Minerva, owned by a friend's father!). Can anyone suggest a sensible itinerary from 9.30 till 17.00 on a Sunday in August?! We like wandering streets, soaking up the atmosphere and eating good food! Thank you! Galina

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Hey dear Galina, you can try the free walking tour which starts every day at 10.30 and 18.00 from Unirii Park, the meeting point is under the clock :) Have fun!
Local August 22, 2016
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Hi Galina, it depends of what you prefer and how much money you have on you. You can walk and see everything Cristi said but I will give another idea. In Bucharest you can find one of the greatest museum of the old village of Romania. There are sample houses and people and customs that are an excitement for each foreigner I know. It is called "Muzeul Satului" and it is located in the north, 3.2 km (40) minutes walking on the principal boulevards. You can take a cab (fastest option - couple of minutes) and go there wander for 1-2 hours. In the way to Muzeul Satului, you will see Arcul de Triumf - a symbol to Romanian independence. If by 12:30 you are done with Muzeul Satului, then you can take a bus or a cab (what option is better) and go south toward Piata Unirii, but stop before: in Piata Universitatii. From there I would go to see Old City center and take the lunch there in "Caru cu bere" or "Hanul lui Manuc". These 2 are the oldest restaurants and have old architecture styles and very overwhelming. In Old city center you will find restaurant, coffe places, icecream, H&M and a other fashion places. Basically you can spend a lot of time there wandering. Frankly, the house of Parliament is nice to see and not spend a lot of time there. Maybe you can ask the cab driver to show you this and then go back to your hotel. Pay attention on cab drivers, the price per km is written on the door and it should not go higher than 2 Lei. Those which are, avoid them. Have Fun!
Local August 16, 2016
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Dear Irina, Thank you for replying! I feel I am already half in Bucharest! I had already thought of visiting Muzeul Satului, so I think we shall indeed do that! One more question (sorry!): we love food markets (local produce), and I just wondered if there are any food markets/farmers' markets on Sundays? In fact, how does Sunday influence opening times and shops or restaurants? Thanks again! Galina
Well sometimes there are, even on Kiseleff street, but I don't think that now anybody will expose their stuff on this heat. opening times are not influenced very much by weekend days for shops and restaurants, but museums can have different schedule. Muzeul Satului is opened on Sunday. You;re wellocme and enjoy your stay here!
Irina Local August 16, 2016
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But you can try for local food inside Carrefour (Piata Unirii) and the superstore Mega Image (Baneasa area - north)
Irina Local August 16, 2016
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Hello, Galina.

Great to hear you're visiting Bucharest! You'll definitely enjoy the view, your hotel is located in one of Bucharest's most beautiful areas. I recommend you start the day with a meat at La Cantine de Nicolai, which is across the road from the hotel.

You can walk down Lascăr Catargiu Boulevard, towards Piața Unirii, to discover the old town. This is one of the main boulevards in the city, filled with lots of shops and great old buildings. There are also lots of museums in this area if you're interested in that.

A must see is the House of Parliament, the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon, which is nearby Piața Unirii. Also, you should see the Romanian Athenaeum, located in Calea Victoriei, which is an alternative road to Minerva Hotel.

If you want more tips about great coffee spots, good street food or alternative art stops, just let me know. Have a great stay in Bucharest and hope you'll come back soon for more than one day!
Local August 15, 2016
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Hi Cristi, Thanks very much for replying! Your suggestions sound very good! Galina
Your welcome! Glad I could help. If you're interested in a private tour, my friend Raluca from www.triptoromania.net is a great guide! She's a well-known travel video-blogger in Romania, you can check her videos here: www.ralucalatoreste.ro. Have a great day!
Cristi Local August 16, 2016
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Dear Galina

You have 2 options,

Option Nr 1, take the Hop On Hop Off bus, for a more relaxed program, see the city and stop wherever you feel

Option Nr 2, do a panoramic half day private tour with my and my company, CLICK2TRAVEL

Waiting for your answer

Catalin Mogoseanu
catalin.mogoseanu@gmail.com
Local August 15, 2016
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Dear Catalin, Thanks very much for your reply! I will talk to my husband, and see what he thinks. Your half day tour may indeed by the best way to spend our last day! Thanks again, Galina