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  • Day1

    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 (You can see price on
    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.

    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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  • Day149

    Bukarest über Nacht

    November 17, 2020 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Bogdan hat uns eine Mitfahrgelegenheit nach Bukarest organisiert. Kleinbusse fahren aus dem ganzen Land über Nacht in die Hauptstadt zu einem riesigen Shopping Center. Auf dem Hinweg sind die Ladeflächen leer, deswegen hat der Fahrer Platz für uner Gepäck inkl. Fahrräder. Morgens um 3 sind wir da, aber wir können noch bis um 6 um Bus schlafen.Read more

  • Day28

    Snagov Monastry

    July 7, 2016 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Today we went on a country side tour to Snagov Monastery where Vlad the Impaler is meant to be buried.

    The monastery is on a tiny island in a lake just outside of Bucharest, which local tradition states is the burial place of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

    Originally founded in the 14th century and later excavated in 1933, the monastery is a seemingly simple place of worship taking advantage of the calm its water-locked isolation brings. However, the story goes that after his notoriously cruel lifetime, Vlad Tepes III was buried in the church as per his request prior to his death. A number of archaeologist's and historians have worked to verify whether this tale is fact or simple tale and none have been able to prove that the dictator was ever laid to rest on the island. After having dug up some of the site’s burial stones all that was found were a mix of horse and human bones, but nothing that confirms the possible Dracula’s interment.

    Most historians now believe that the Prince of Wallachia was buried in a monastery in the Comana area, but this has not stopped the locals from spreading the myth.

    A footbridge has been built to the island and visitors are encouraged to stop by the Snagov Monastery and view the supposed grave.
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  • Day28

    Mogosoaia Palace

    July 7, 2016 in Romania ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Back in the bus and off to Mogosoaia Palace.

    Mogosoaia Palace has a history that goes back more than 300 years, part of the lives of some of the greatest families in the history of Southern Romania, the palace and its vast gardens are beautiful.

    The story of Mogosoaia Palace begins before it was built, in 1680, when a rich aristocrat, Constantin Brancoveanu, bought the large property in order to build a residence for his second son, Stefan. The palace was completed by 1702 when Constantin Brancoveanu was already the prince of Southern Romania.

    Extremely important in terms of political, economic, but especially cultural development, the rule of Constantin Brancoveanu ended tragically in 1714 when he was executed together with his four sons by the order of the Ottoman sultan. His legacy is astonishing even if today only a few of the many churches, monasteries and palaces built during his time are still standing.

    Soon after the beheading of the prince, the palace of Mogoaia, with its luxurious decorations and interior painted walls, was devastated and robbed by the Ottoman armies. Regained only many years later by the widow of the prince, Mogosoaia Palace was just a ruin, and continued to be attacked even in the following years by the Ottoman Empire. Through a dramatic matrimonial alliance, the palace eventually went into the property of another noble family, Bibescu.

    Martha Bibescu, a rich aristocrat and talented writer, received Mogosoaia Palace as a gift from her husband the renovation works actually began. This long and complicated process started before the First World War and ended only in 1935, although Martha Bibescu started living in the palace a few years before, transforming it into one of the trendiest aristocratic residencies from this part of Europe.

    Faithful to the original plans of the palace and invested with all the importance of her ancestors, Martha Bibescu was the one who transformed a ruin into a veritable work of art of the Brancovenesc style, an architectural theme developed centuries before by Prince Constantin Brancoveanu.

    An original combination of local, Byzantine, Italian and Baroque elements, this architectural style is very elegant and well-balanced, using rich decorations for its rock carved columns and porches. The renovation process led by the young architect emphasized perfectly the features of this architectural legacy, making the palace again one of the highlights of the Brancovenesc style.

    As all private property in Romania, the palace was confiscated in 1948 by the communist authorities, and Martha Bibescu was forced to leave the country. The palace functioned as a museum ever since. The basement is a permanent exhibition dedicated to the demolished Vacaresti Monastery, the former kitchen and the ice house.
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