Inflexible palace guards
Trip Start Jun 02, 2010
16Trip End Jul 01, 2010
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Time to focus. We strolled through Bucharest’s historic area today with only one real tourist mission, and that was to tour the Palace of Parliament, Nicolae Ceausescu’s monstrosity. Ceausescu was Romania’s dictator/President from 1967 to 1989 when he and his family were killed on Christmas Day by his loving populace. The Palace is the largest building in the world after the Pentagon.
After walking a considerable distance across town to get to the Palace and confirming with Linda that she had the necessary ID, we made reservations at the ticket window for the required tour
As I tried to get over Linda not having her ID with her, we walked back to the old town portion of Bucharest. We enjoyed this part of Bucharest and it was at a small café on a pedestrian-only lane in old town that we decided to change our Bucharest plans.
We decided to leave Bucharest a day early. We will be getting our rental car in the morning and driving to Sibiu, Romania to spend an unplanned night there. Sibiu, the guide book says, is an EU-designated “capital of culture” (the only other city to be so designated is Luxembourg City). It should be about a 5˝ hour drive, but I am planning a scenic detour, so will likely take longer.