Welcome back to the Friends That Carry On Podcast! We’re a group of friends that like to travel the world together. We want to share our passion for travel through travel tips and tricks we’ve picked up along the way and stories of our adventures!
This week, Jim Scott is the tchotchke holder and host and is joined by Tony Price, Brian Romine, and Jim Read. This episode, we’ll talk about our trip to Romania few years back. We will cover our journey through Bucharest, Bran’s Castle, and Brasov.
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Fun Facts About Bucharest
– It used to be called the little Paris. But due to communism, war, and earthquakes, it destroyed the elegant architecture and buildings
– It was a place that was constantly conquered
Visiting Bucharest, Romania
The Friends went there because of a cheap flight offer, worth around $250 roundtrip. They rented an Airbnb apartment which was only worth $80/night, split to four persons. American money could go a long way in Romania as well, so overall, it was a cheap trip.
In the Old Town section, there were great restaurants and ruins of a castle. There were old-style burlesque clubs and strip clubs- it was an eclectic mix. For the most part we were just walking. We also visited the Bucharest Historic Museum which had original Romanian things. It also has a very controversial statue right up front. The Friends also took a walking tour. It was like Paris in the way you stay or live in the streets. You don’t stay inside the restaurants.
It was difficult getting tickets for the Palace of Parliament. It was so big, but we found a tour in there and learned a lot of interesting things.
Visiting Dracula’s Castle or the Bran’s Castle
On our way to Brasov, we stopped over at the Bran’s Castle. The Friends learned a lot of its history, such as its ruler impaling around 20,000-80,000 people. In reality, it wasn’t Bran’s castle, but it became popular in Romania to attract tourists. It was a lovely castle.
Romanian drivers could be the worst drivers in the world though. The little town is tacky, the food wasn’t great at all.
Seeing Fortified Churches
There were a lot of these fortified churches in the countryside. If they’ve seen it earlier, they would have thrown all the plans out of the window and just checked out these fortified churches. There’s a tiny town which is not really made for tourists.
It is a very beautiful city. The older part has a huge medieval square which is called the council square. It sits on the base of Mt. Tampa. You can take a little gondola ride up to the top. Lots of cool cemeteries, churches, and medieval architecture. The food in Brasov is okay but pricier.
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