This is the final day of the cruise. We disembark for a bus tour of Bucharest. The bus took us through Bucharest to the Dimitrie Gusti National Village Museum. This is an ethnographic museum showing houses of the different times and places in Romania – very well done showing simple houses, churches, how the people lived – very well done. Afterward, we all went to a restaurant in town with a typical Romanian meal. They start with a salad – usually chopped greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce and onion (red). Follow this with a soup – typically a potato soup – then a meat – usually chicken or port then some kind of dessert. I really liked the salads I had in the Balkans part of the trip – really good with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
After lunch, we went to the Palace of the Parliament which was started by Nicolae Ceausescu. This is the second largest administration building in the world – second only to the Pentagon. He never did get to live in it as he was executed after the revolution in Romania. But as it was cheaper to finish it instead of razing it – it was finished. It was a really fascinating building. Has eight stories below ground, still in use by government agencies, the DOD for Romania is in the bottom two stories, used for various gatherings – a lot still goes on here.
After the Palace, we were taken to our hotel, Bucharest Sheraton. For supper this evening we found a really wonderful Italian restaurant – Romanian Tattorini – right around the corner from the hotel. So all four of us went here for supper. I had a great pizza and Patricia, Pat and Susan had something? That was it for the day, so back to the hotel, a farewell to dear friends and the end of a great cruise.
Disembark in Giurgiu and proceed to the superior first-class Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest (or similar) in the heart of the Bucharest for a 1-night stay. This afternoon, enjoy a half-day tour of Romania’s lovely capital city. See the city’s wide boulevards, the Romanian Athenaeum, the Arch of Triumph and the Palace of Parliament. Visit the outdoor Muzeul Satului, otherwise known as the Village Museum, where authentic dwellings from all regions of the country have been relocated and reassembled, including rural cottages, farmhouses and water mills. During lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a lively folkloric performance that recalls the simple pleasures of rural life. Enjoy a final evening in Bucharest