The Botanical Garden
The Botanical Garden from Bucharest is a place worth visiting when you want to spend a few hours away from the atmosphere of the tiring city or when you are craving for a walk on green scented alleys. In exchange of a very small fee, you can enjoy a real oasis of peace and delight.
In spring, the flowers are astonishing visitors with their colours and smells, the contrasts are daring and the air is warmer and warmer. Definitely you should not miss the pleasure of a long walk in an old but still vivid garden.
Another important part of the botanical complex is the green house, the most imposing building in the yard. Here are both exotic and domestic plants, carefully look after by the employees. Their scientific names, their popular names and also their original area can be seen on small plates near them.
And finally, the garden has lots of sectors dedicated to ornamental plants, geographical groups, law protected plants and trees, rare flowers, useful plants, an Italian garden and many other beautiful sectors that are worth seeing.
Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Yet another shiny building (yes I admit I am a flower/cat/pictures/highrise buildings lover). This is the headquarter of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a very important economic institution.
On an island in the middle of Snagov Lake stands Snagov Monastery, the reputed burial place of Vlad Tepes, also known as Vlad Dracula. Boatmen ferry you across for a negotiated price. Just 40 km (25 mi) north of Bucharest, the village of Snagov is a popular retreat for city dwellers.
If you like antiques...
There are several places in the city from where you can buy antiques. My favorite one, though, is
Hanul cu Tei, on Lipscani Street no 63. It is open Mon to Fri from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Sat from 10:00am to 3:30pm. The store is closed on Sunday.
Another good antiques store is also close by: Craii de Curtea Veche, on Covaci Street no 14.
They are open the same days and hours as Hanul cu Tei
Just a tangible & concrete information about taxi fares ... from OTP airport to Sofitel hotel in the night: 35 RON, an alternative is the Sofitel shuttle (usually waiting for airlines crew) but it's not such a cheaper one: 8 Euro ... make your choice :-).
BTW: these taxis have an automatic machine printing out the receipt with the exact amount you see on the display, which is not the case (example) in Italy.