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    • Day 33

      Snagov Monastery

      October 3, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Wir sind auf dem Weg nach Bukarest. Unterwegs halten wir noch an dem Kloster Snagov, das auf einer Insel liegt.

      1408 erbaut und angeblich die Ruhestätte von Vlad Tepeș, dem Vorbild von Graf Dracula.

      Es wird gesagt, dass Vlad Tepeș' Leiche, nachdem sie 1476 von den Türken getötet wurde, von den Mönchen in das Snagov-Kloster gebracht wurde. Sie wollten den Herrscher begraben, damit seine Seele ruhen konnte. Angeblich wusste niemand davon, außer den Mönchen.

      Der Kopf von Vladimir Tepes befindet sich wohl in Istanbul. Sagt man ….

      Das Kloster liegt wunderschön auf der Insel. Leider war es verschlossen und wir konnten es nur von außen sehen. Wir fanden es sehr schön. Auf der Insel gibt es auch noch ein paar Strauße.

      Das Wetter wollte es heute noch etwas dramatischer. Für die Photos schon toll.
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    • Day 33

      Balotesti

      October 3, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Bevor wir zu unserem Übernachtungsplatz fahren gehen wir noch einkaufen.

      In Rumänien dominieren die großen Einkaufsketten von Penny, Kaufland, Lidl und Carrefour.

      Diesmal geht es in einen Carrefour, und es ist verrückt, man fühlt sich wie in Frankreich. Man bekommt hier sämtliche Produkte.

      Unser Übernachtungsplatz ist etwas besonderes. Im Garten einer Familie mit Gartenbenutzung und Familienanschluss.

      Wir sitzen mit Oma, 2 Katzen und Jon auf seiner Terrasse und probieren selbstgebackenes.
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    • Day 35

      Therme Bucuresti

      October 5, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Heute ist Relax angesagt.

      Wir nehmen eine Auszeit in der Therme Bukarest. Die ist 5 min von hier mit dem Auto erreichbar und unsere Gastgeber Jon fährt uns sogar bis vor die Tür.

      Sie ist nach dem gleichen Modell gebaut wie in Erding oder Bad Wörishofen.

      Trotzdem gibt es lokale Unterschiede: Der Saunabereich ist nicht textilfrei, es gibt kein Tauchbecken oder überhaupt kaltes Wasser und dem Personal ist wohl verboten worden zu lächeln. Dafür war es preiswerter. Hier haben wir für 4,5 Std 22,-€ bezahlt, in Erding kosten 4 Std 38,- €

      Wie gesagt……. relax
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    • Day 35

      Aro, Dac, Roman und Dacia

      October 5, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

      Jon holt uns natürlich auch wieder ab und fragt, ob wir Interesse an alten Autos hätten.

      Klar und so fahren wir noch bei einem Bekannten von Ihm vorbei, der alte Rumänische Autos sammelt. Wobei er insbesondere Armee Fahrzeuge sammelt, obwohl das eigentlich nicht geht, da man alte Armee Fahrzeuge gar nicht kaufen kann, da sie normalerweise verschrottet werden.

      Wie auch immer, es ist unfassbar was hier auf dem Platz alles steht. Alles was irgendwie Räder hat.

      Eigentlich ist es ein Pferdehof, aber auch ein Angler und Fischer- Hof. Auf jeden Fall ist der Besitzer ein Sammler.

      Seine neuste Anschaffung stand in einer Scheune, ein alter Armeelaster. Er ist nach 20 Jahren Stillstand sofort wieder angesprungen.
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    • Day 99

      Therme

      October 14, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

      We actually went here yesterday with Elliott but didn't take our phone in. This is one of the best places I've ever been in my whole life. We liked it so much with Elliott we decided to back again today and we will also spend the full day there the day before we set off back to the UK. (I only took a few pics at night will try and remember in the light next time)

      A million pools, indoor and out, naturally heated, pool bars, jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms, waterslides, spa treatments, crazy showers, restaurants, infrared light treatments, massage beds and loads more.

      We happened to go during a month long festival, the sauna festival. Where each hour there different shows and experiences in various saunas, ranging from dancers, music and aromatherapy to really obscure things like towel waving performers and herb dancers. It was so crazy and different to anything I've ever experienced.

      THEY ARE BUILDING ONE IN MANCHESTER!!! So you know where to find me once it's open! 😍 (though something tells me it won't be quite as affordable as the one here in Bucharest)😂
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    • Day 112

      Therme - Last Day together in Bucharest

      October 27, 2022 in Romania ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

      For our last day before the journey home we spent an entire day in the Therme. Lennon napped in the clam shell beds and Brace got to go and see the same crazy towel waving dance I got to see last time we visited 😂 I took a full walk around video of this crazy place but its over ten minutes long 🤣 so maybe if I ever get round to editing it down I'll pop it upRead more

    • Day 113

      Lennon on a plane

      October 28, 2022 in Romania ⋅ 🌬 17 °C

      Everything was delayed at both ends, I couldn't take us both and our baggage into the toilet in the airport and I was boiling from going through security with 20 layers of clothes to avoid having to check and collect a big bag 😂 but Lennon could not have been better behaved the entire flight (which was disappointing due to being sat by a rude, arrogant, water and crisps stealing idiot) 😂

      He made a million friends in the airport, on the plane and on the trains and tubes to meet Georgina in London.

      If it weren't for him being so heavy and me having all our belongings in hand luggage I'd do it again... But I think my back is broken 🙈🤣 so he needs to walk before I'll take him solo on a flight again!
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    • Day 1

      Day 1: Therme Bucaresti & Hanu Lui Manuc

      November 29, 2019 in Romania ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

      We caught up in Milano Centrale station at 6am.
      There was a Great sunshine ☀️ for our departure in Bergamo Orio Al Serio Airport at 8 am!!
      After 3 hours of Flight (🕜on time) with Wizzair, we arrived in 🌴🌴Therme Bucaresti🌴🌴🌴.. We bought tickets for the Elysium format on webshop, available at www.therme.ro. (You can see price on https://therme.ro/tarife)
      We spent all day in Therme Bucaresti. It is the biggest relaxation and wellness centre in Europe, Therme Bucuresti is an ‘Everyday Holiday’. With three separate areas to discover featuring 9 pools, 6 saunas, 4 wet saunas and 16 water slides you’ll definitely need an entire day. Did I mention it’s also the largest botanical garden in Romania with 800,000 plants?
      It is a wonderful place!♥️

      Around 8pm we went to city center for dinner in Hanu Lui Manuc. It is one of the most famous restaurant in Bucarest (Hanu' lui Manuc was built in 1808). If you’re looking for traditional Romanian cuisine when visiting Bucharest, look no further than the capital’s oldest inn, Hanul Lui Manuc, in the heart of the city center. The cabbage leaves are stuffed with pork and beef and are then rolled up, baked, simmered or steamed and accompanied with a sauce and with a slice of bacon to top it off. Wash it down with a traditional Romanian house beer. I have the CIORBA: it is a hot, sour soup that can hold any number of ingredients, such as meat, veggies, fish, and beans.
      https://www.hanumanucrestaurant.ro/ro?gclid=Cj0…

      Some Tips:
      The centre is open well in to the evening, closing as late as 11.30pm on weekdays and Sundays, and midnight on Saturdays. This really gives you some flexibility over your visit, and allow you to make the most of your day
      Therme is destined only to those who are looking for a few hours of vacation, relaxation and unwinding or fun, depending on preferences. No accommodation facilities are present yet.
      You can bring your own towels. Therme Bucuresti also makes available to visitors towel and robe rental services
      Luggage can be stored in the locker rooms, unless they are too bulky. There is no special room for luggage.
      Therme Bucuresti provides free Wi-Fi to clients.
      Every area is integrated with food courts. The offer is diverse, from simple snacks, to international cuisine. For hygiene and safety reasons (e.g., shards) food and beverages from outside the premises are not allowed
      Payment at restaurants shall be performed with access bracelets and you shall pay with your card upon your exit from the facility, when you turn in the bracelet. There is not a nudist section.

      You can choose among three format:

      The Palm (16+)
      A tropical garden, hydromassage beds, relaxation pools, restaurants, terraces, pool bars, wet saunas and sands of therme beach can all be enjoyed in The Palm. A vast timetable of activities takes place in this zone including aqua shape, hydrobalance, yoga, pilates, face masks, live music, DJ sets, thermotherapy and more. This – together with the Elysium – is the zone I enjoyed.
      Prices start from 59 Lei per adult for 3 hours (approx £11.36)

      The Elysium (16+)
      The Elysium is the wellness area that can be accessed via the Palm. In the Elysium you’ll find themed saunas, calla shower, infra-red beds, relaxation pools, terraces, pool bar, massage facilities and the mango tree restaurant. Activities taking place in this area include an ‘aufguss ritual’, yoga, Pilates and stress away massages. You can find the full timetable for this zone on the website to be sure to get the most out of your visit. Rates for the Elysium include free access to the Palm and Galaxy areas. (according to the website in Jan 2018)
      Prices start from 79 Lei per adult for 3 hours (approx £15.21)

      The Galaxy – Best for Families
      The Galaxy is the place for a family vacation, right here in Bucharest! If you’re travelling with children, it’s really the only zone you an go in since both the Elysium and The Palm are adult only. However, you won’ be missing out with its vast array of facilities including; a relaxation pool, wave pool, waterslides, relaxation area, restaurant and snack bar, galaxy beach, alt library, wet saunas, hydro massage beds, infra-red beds, pool bar, interactive water playground, play station area with consoles and terraces.
      Be sure to check the activities timetable for a peeling and face mask and games with fairy tale characters.
      Prices start from 49 Lei per adult for 3 hours (approx £9.44)

      How to arrive:
      Therme is located outside of Bucharest. Is in the Northen part of the city, 25 km from the city center and around 5 km further North from the Otopeni Airport. There are two ways you can reach Therme: by car or by bus.
      FREE BUS FROM CITY CENTER: the wellness centre provides a FREE shuttle bus from Bucharest centre. There is a purpose-built bus stop on the Piata Romana. You can board the bus from the front, middle and back. There’s no need to see the driver, just board the bus and off you go. There are a couple of stops on the way, making the duration around 30 minutes or so.
      The shuttle bus runs Monday to Sunday with different timetables operating, so be sure to check the timetables before you go. The first shuttle bus leaves 8am on a weekend and 9am on a weekday, running then around every one to two hours.The return shuttle bus stops at the same place you’re dropped off outside Therme Bucuresti, and likewise runs at set times. It’s one bus that runs backwards and forwards. At busy times, it’s a bit of a free for all so you’ll just have to push and shove unfortunately.
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    • Day 5

      Mogosoaia Palace

      October 18, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

      Mogosoaia Palace is just about 10 Kms from Bucharest. It was built between 1698-1702. The palace was built for a wealthy family but was devastated by the Ottomans 1768-1774. It was later granted to the sovereign prince of Wallachia. The Palace was bombed by the Germans in WW1 but was reconstructed in the late 1920’s-30’s. The palace was passed down through the prince’s family and in 1931, when Prince George died, he was buried in the small white 1688 chapel in the grounds. Inside, people had to don plastic shoe covers which were very slippery on the marble floors. Not allowed to take inside photos, but an eclectic mix of furniture and art, not ostentatious at all.Read more

    • Day 5

      Snagov Monastery

      October 18, 2022 in Romania ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

      Snagov Monastery stands on a tiny island in a lake just outside Bucharest. Local tradition states it is the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It was originally founded in the 14th century. The inside of the church is ornately decorated with frescoes from floor to ceiling. Vlad the Impaler was the Prince of Wallachian. Historians and archaeologists have tried to prove whether the body is indeed buried under the flagstone, but all they have found is a mix of horse and human bones and nothing confirms Dracula’s interment here. The locals firmly believe it is so. The custodian of the monastery is a single monk who lives onsite with several animals, including ostriches, horses, cats and lots of dogs.Read more

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