The time has come to write a review of my trip to Romania…I wanted to go on a trip with my mother and an organized trip to Romania sounded like the perfect option. So, in May 2017, we headed from Bulgaria to Romania….
First stop: Bucharest and the massive The Palace of the Parliament (Romanian: Palatul Parlamentului)….Or called by the locals ‘‘Ceausescu’s palace’‘ was on my list of buildings to see and I was amazed by the size and the beauty of the entire area where the parliament is located…It looks like a little Paris, the color of the stones used to build up the area looks exactly the same as the one used in Paris… So little Paris on the Balkans…
After the Romanian parliament, we visited the National Village Museum (”Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum” – Romanian: Muzeul Satului). It’s a wonderland that transports you in the Romanian lifestyle in the past. We spent about one hour there and afterward we headed to Sinaia.
The best of the trip from Bucarest to Sinaia is that you cross the Carpathes mountains. The scenery is stunning, especially during the summer period.
We arrived in Sinaia in the late afternoon. Sinaia is a famous Romanian ski resort. It’s a small town with a long walking street and many little shops and restaurants. We visited Sinaia monastery and the church situated in the Prahova Valley a little bit at the top of the hilly town.
The next day we left Sinaia early in the morning and traveled to Bran to visit Dracula’s castle. The castle itself did not impress me – there is a similar one in Balchik in Bulgaria – the Balchik Palace where Marie Queen of Romania lived during the summer period. But it’s a must-see once in a lifetime. So, ticked on my list. Bran is a small village with many stands for souvenirs, local delicacies and the like.
In the afternoon, we visited Brașov. For me that’s was the highlights of the trip. The city is very colorful even though it was raining when we arrived. The first thing we visited was the narrowest street in the city of Brașov called Strada Sforii.
After that, we visited the city center for a coffee and souvenirs. The day finished with a panoramic walk/ view at the top of the city. Just amazingly beautiful….
The last day of our Romanian adventure was dedicated to visiting two of the most famous castles in Romania – Peleș, and Pelișor. Both are imposing and surrounded by greenery and breathtaking views. The best end of an unforgettable trip.
I hope after that review, you will put Romania on your list and go chase Dracula…
Thanks for reading!