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exchange money..and take taxi from airport
where is the best rate to exchange Euro or USD in Bucharest? Banks..or other places? is it possible to exchange in the ottepe airport ?
how much does it cost by taxi from ottope airport to jw grand marriot hotel (that is in the Calea 13 Septembrie 90)?
Re: exchange money..and take taxi from airport
The best option is to use a card and get lei (the local currency) straight from ATMs.
If you don't want to do that, then yes, it's preferable to exchange at banks. But exchange offices are relatively reliable as well (except the ones at airports, which give very low exchange rates).
It is possible to change money at Otopeni airport (there are several exchange offices there), but like I've said above it's not very wise, because you'll get a far lower exchange rate than you would get outside the airport - so change only the small amount you'll need for a taxi.
With FlyTaxi (the only taxi company operating legally at the airport) a trip from Otopeni to the Marriott hotel should be about 65-70 lei (€16-17).
You can also get there by bus (bus 783 from the airport to Piata Unirii, then bus 385 to the hotel - this will cost just €2).
Travel Tips for Bucharest
....few words about a great city and he's people..
One legend says that the city was founded by the shepherd Bucur (meaning joy). A much older myth tell the story of Geta King Dromichaites and his "citadel of joy".
In the Middle Age, the city was dominated by the figure of Vlad Tepes (the Impaler), known universally as "Count Dracula". He was established to Bucharest the Wallahian Princes' residence (moving from Tirgoviste). Not far from Bucharest you can visit the Snagov Monastery, where the Prince's grave lies.
Mircea Eliade, the religious historian and author of modern myths, was born in Bucharest - and his life it's a legend of its own.
And finally, in Bucharest Nicolae Ceausescu, the communist dictator, builds his empire of terror. Ironically, Ceausescu's enormous "People's House" is situated close to the mysterious Eliade's Mintuleasa Street.
Population: 2,351,000 representing 10% of the country population.
1st of March is Martisor Day
"Mărţisor" is a traditional celebration taking place every year on March 1st and marking the arrival of spring. Its name comes from the name of the month of March (martie in Romanian) and literally it means “little” March. On this day the custom is to give small objects as a gift to those close to you, all this objects having one thing in common, a red and white string which is tied to the object. Usually men give this gifts to women and women (only) wear them pinned to their shirts for luck. The wikipedia article dedicated to this custom cites that in the past these objects were seen as talismans or charms while today they have “became more of a symbol of friendship and love, appreciation and respect”. The custom appears to be very old, with many ethnologists saying that its roots go as far as the Roman Empire or the Thracians. It is a nice custom and a good way for artists to make some money by selling hand made “mărtişoare” – the small object given as a gift bears the same name as the name of the celebration: mărţişor.
OK, this tip is a joke - I found Varsovia St. on the map of Bucharest and thought I had to see it! :-) The villa from the previous tip is right in this street.
Strada Varsovia is sandwiched between Strada Paris and Strada Londra (London). There are more streets that bear city names, and they are all south of Piata Dorobantilor, north-east of Piata Victoriei.
Famous Casa Vernescu
Built in 1821, the former Casa Vernescu is famous for its impressive architecture and richly decorated rooms. As a result, Casino Palace (inaugurated in 1995) is the most elegant casino in Romania.
The clients can choose to play at any of the 24 game tables, 77 slot machines and 20 Touch-bet Roulettes available in 8 elegant and comfortable rooms. The casino is also famous for its auxiliary services offered to the clients.
You can bet in local currency or USD at the following games:
Three Card Poker
Texas Hold’em Poker
Casino Hold’em Poker
Classic Draw Poker
maps of bucharest/romania hard to find - hot tip!
if you are looking for good maps at reasonable prices, you are really walking a fine line here in romania.
book stores often have good maps of cities like brasov, suceava and cluj-napoca, but if you really want a serios map, you need to go to the bookstores below piata universitate (head toward the train station under the square) where they sell 'altas rutier' or road atlases of romania which are key if youre gonna get about by car.
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