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Timişoara and Bucharest

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The last two places we visited were Timişoara and Bucharest.

We nearly didn't go to Timişoara, which would have been a real pity because it turned out to be one of our favorite places. We caught a day train into Timişoara and arrived late in the evening. We got a brilliant hotel/guesthouse (Tim House) close to the station and on the edge of the spectacular old town.

We spent a couple of days exploring this beautiful town, history and beautiful buildings everywhere you look:

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Timişoara is the only Romanian city with canal public transport

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Then we caught the night train to Bucharest. The train was the oldest we had yet caught. It really could have been in a TV period drama (think Orient Express). But it was in immaculate condition. It still had the beautiful old fashion light shades, big, bouncy leather seats, a little antique wash basin in the compartment. Heaps of fun for the train buff (Mike).

Bucharest was better than expected. It is known as a boring city, but it had enough old Soviet architecture and history to keep us interested for a couple of days.

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Not sure what this is

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No we have not jumped countries! This is the Arc de Triumph in Bucharest!

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The most beautiful building in Romania - National opera house

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The dismal Bucharest metro

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The second biggest government building in the world (after the Pentagon), built by the crazy communist leader/dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu. Its now called the Palace of the Parliament. Daily tours take visitors through some of the opulence. Ceaușescu was ultimately captured and shot by his people as he tried to escape this building by helicopter.

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The open air Village Museum located in the King Michael park, showcasing traditional Romanian village life. We spent half the day here and still didn't get to see everything.

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Posted by MikeinCairns 08:06 Archived in Romania

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