You see these everywhere in Eastern Europe. The communists were really into building blocks and blocks and blocks of apartments where all the apartments were identical. Personally, I don’t see a problem with it. It only makes sense to me. That type of sentiment is why I will never get elected to public office. I’m much too practical. This Continue reading
When I saw these it stopped me in my tracks for a moment. I looked at the cans and I asked myself if that was generic beer I was looking at. I thought for a moment and I told myself that it was generic beer. For some reason I thought that was odd. I guess the reason why was that I’m not sure that I had ever seen generic beer before. Yes, I had seen Continue reading
Let’s talk Love/Hate for a moment. That’s the way I felt about the place you see in the picture. It is a bakery. You could watch them preparing the baked goods and sliding them into the oven. It was only two short blocks from the hostel where I stayed in Bucharest. While the bakery was not 24/7 like the store down the street, they opened early enough Continue reading
This is the bus from Bucharest that brought me to Chisanau. You can see it’s rather large. I was told that there was a bus that left Bucharest for Chisanau every hour or so from early in the morning until midnight. Most of them were minivans that carried 15-20 people. This one carried closer to fifty people. It was over half full. It cost me $22 and nine Continue reading
Pictures of another day of riding a bicycle in Bucharest, Romania. Notes follow.
This is a picture of the a subway train in Bucharest, Romania. As you can see the platform is empty and the cars are hardly crowded. That’s because it’s an off-peak period on one of the stops that is less significant. While the Bucharest subway works pretty well it is not my favorite subway system. The reason why is that there aren’t a lot of signs or maps Continue reading
I took this picture while I was on the free walking tour of Bucharest. One thing I found interesting was what happened with the fall of Communism in Romania in 1989. It seems that property ownership became a fairly straightforward issue if you lived in a building built during the communist period. You got to buy the dwelling at a very fair price. However, for buildings that were built before the communists seized power in 1947 things were not so simple when the government changed in 1989. The owners prior to the communist seizure of all property in 1947 could lay claim to Continue reading
I rented a bicycle in Bucharest for 48 hours. It cost me a total of $10. I thought that was a great deal. The bike was a single speed with a coaster brake. Not very flashy but it sure did work well. I had a great time with it, taking it around to see the sights of Bucharest. I decided I would pose the bike with several attractions in Bucharest. Okay, maybe the Surf ‘N Fries wasn’t on the list of big attractions, but it was an interesting place.
This is a view from the People’s Palace in Bucharest looking out over the Boulevard Unirii. The Boulevard Unirii has a length of almost two miles or 3.5 kilometers. What was supposed to happen when the boulevard and palace were built was that the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu would give a speech and the area in front of the Continue reading
What can you do if you are a dictator of a country? Anything you want. This building was originally named Palace of the People and was built under the orders of Nicolae Ceausescu, the dictator of Romania from 1967 to 1989. It is one of the most impressive buildings I have ever been in. The building is huge, having about 3,700,000 square Continue reading