Travel Day: Bucharest to Brasov, Romania

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B-dul Unirii

Before we travelled to Brasov, we decided to walk around the city of Bucharest.  First we walked down B-dul Unirii, Bucharest's homage to Champs Elysees.  This street led us to the Palace of the Parliament.  Apparently, this is the second largest building in the world next to the Pentagon, wow.  We walked up to it, and sure enough it was large, but we did not go in.  There was a huge line to get in, and we were not that interested in the first place.  Next we walked through a lovely park by accident.  The park was free to walk in, and many Romanians were happy to waist the day away here smelling the roses.

B-dul Unirii
  They also had a large lake/pond with boats that you could rent. 

After the park, we went to Piata Revolutiei, which was an important site of the 1989 Revolution.  Nicolae Ceau┼čescu was the communist dictator at the time.  His economic and development policies (including grandiose construction projects and a plan to reduce the national debt by exporting food) were generally blamed for the country's painful shortages and widespread, increasing poverty.  Also, the public were becoming increasingly weary of the Securitate, Ceausescu's security police.  On December 21st, while addressing a crowd from the balcony of the Central Committee building, which he had allowed to organize, it turned badly for Ceausescu.  A riot ensued, with many protestors getting killed or injured.

fountains of B-dul Unirii
  On December 22nd the riots continued and Ceausescu and his wife was forced to flee.  He was eventually caught and executed along with his wife on Christmas Day 1989.

We had lunch nearby inside the old Securitate building.  The basement now holds IO cafe.  Adourning the walls of the cafe, are pictures from that fateful day, when many protestors were killed and the security building was destroyed.  I had the IO toasty for 13 Lei, and it was pretty good.  After lunch, we explored the surrounding area searching for bullet holes in the walls of buildings and an occassional marker commemorating a fallen revolutionary.

Then we took the train to Brasov.  Once we arrived at the station, we were immediately solicited for places to stay.  We had heard about The Rolling Stone hostel, so we decided on it when the owner introduced herself to us.

2nd largest building in the world
  She got us a taxi to the hostel for 10 Lei.  The hostel was nice and clean, but they have many rules and the tours they offer are very over priced.  If you stay here, do not take the tours with them.  You can get them much cheaper elsewhere.  The internet is 5 Lei, one time charge, and you can use it as much as you want after.  However, there is only 1 computer, so i passed on the internet.  Address: Strade Piatra Mare 2A, 500133, Brasov, Romania.  Telephone: +4 0740 518681.  Web: www.rollingstone.ro

For dinner we went to Keller steakhouse.  The steak was excellent, but very pricey at 100 Lei.  I also had brocoli cheese soup, which was also excellent.  After dinner we had some drinks at the Old Scots Pub.  They had a delicious array of imported ales.  They also had velvet for 15 Lei, which is one of my favorite beers.

andmic77 says:
Nice!
Posted on: Sep 21, 2007
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B-dul Unirii
B-dul Unirii
B-dul Unirii
B-dul Unirii
fountains of B-dul Unirii
fountains of B-dul Unirii
2nd largest building in the world
2nd largest building in the world
Piata Revolutiei
Piata Revolutiei
the first to be killed in the 1989…
the first to be killed in the 198…
i thought this was cool...an old m…
i thought this was cool...an old …
Rolling Stone Hostel
Rolling Stone Hostel
Europes first grammar school?
Europe's first grammar school?
Europes smallest street?
Europe's smallest street?
Kathryn in Europes smallest street
Kathryn in Europe's smallest street
its so small!
its so small!
Brasovs Hollywood sign
Brasov's "Hollywood sign"
important church
important church
Old Scots Pub
Old Scots Pub
Keller Steakhouse
Keller Steakhouse
Brasov square
Brasov square
cool building
cool building
Brasov
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