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Day 6 continued: We arrived in Bucharest, Romania after a long train ride around 2 in the afternoon, and after dropping our bags off at the hotel, went and had a yummy pizza lunch. However, when we got back to the hotel, they told us there was a mistake with our reservation, and we had reserved two nights starting from the NEXT day… uh oh! We talked and considered, and decided to get a hotel in Bucharest that night, then stick with our original two day reservation and instead of spending a night in Bulgaria, take a day trip there instead with a tour. Although it was a mistake, I think in the end things worked out for the best.

So after we checked in to our first room, we just walked around the area a little, had dinner at a pub near the hotel, then went to bed.

Day 7 was our first full day in Bucharest. In the end, though, we spent it rather leisurely, walking around the hotel area a little bit, as well as the Old Town area before having dinner there. We didn’t see much, but many flowers were blooming at all the parks around the city, so we got distracted by enjoying the warmer weather (finally!) outside in the parks instead of sightseeing inside any museums or churches.

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Changing into Romanian money from a bank near the hotel

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Romanian Athenaeum near the hotel, now the home of their philharmonic orchestra, so we couldn’t see inside without tickets

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It was such a beautiful day, we really just wanted to walk around and enjoy it!

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And of course, pizza was good!

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The food at the bar was super good, even if it was really smokey inside!

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In the morning, just walking around the area… there were a huge amount of cars!

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Lots of interesting buildings and monuments to look at

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As well as many orthodox style churches

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And parks and flowers, of course!

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Smoothies and sandwiches for lunch

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And more buildings

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… and more parks!

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The second-largest parliament building in the world, eclipsed only by the Pentagon.

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Old town area

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Dinner at Caru cu Bere… we had veggies too, not just meat and beer. I just didn’t get a picture before we gobbled it all up!

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Stavropoleous church

Day 8 was spent in Bulgaria, which gets its own separate post, and Day 9 was spent getting some sleep, checking out of the hotel, and on the train to Istanbul. So nothing really interesting, just a few train pictures:

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Overnight train Bucharest to Istanbul