Prepaid cards for your mobile
This is not a scam but a tip to have cheaper calls while in Romania.
During the trip you might want to call a number in Romania, to make a reservation to a hotel, to a restaurant, to inquire something at a museum, to order a pizza or a taxi.
The solution for this is a prepay card from any of those mobile operators: Vodafone, Orange or Cosmote. For an average or EUR 5 you get a prepaid card (GSM 900 Mhz) and the average cost per minute for local numbers is 0.18 EUR / minute that will get you around 30 minutes of calls.
For as low as EUR 30 you can buy a package that includes a gsm phone and a prepaid card
be aware at taxi taxes!!!!
don't go with a taxi that doesn't has a firm on it and a tax machine!
the taxi driver when they see you a tourist they always want to take more from you!
Fun Alternatives: don't go with trams or buses, are too crowdy and are many thies.
safer and faster is to go with the underway...
- Road Trip
- Budget Travel
Palace Parliament - oh my gosh!
Now, it's such a big thing in Bucharest that you really do have to see it. And the interiors are incredible. But bear in mind that you have to go round in a tour, and what you will be told are things along the lines of, "These curtains are 16 feet high and are made of real Romanian silk produced by real Romanian silk worms!" Yep, the people who work here are all about the national pride, never mind the fact that 70,000 people were made homeless in the construction of this largely pointless building. So pay your 15lei (a lot of money in Bucharest), observe quietly the ostentation and refrain from asking how many schools and monastaries were wiped out for it. Oh, and don't use the toilets.
Be very careful when changing...
Be very careful when changing money in Bucharest. A couple of girls I was working with got ripped off by a guy actually inside a 'casa de schimb'. He was wearing a suit and spoke perfect English, so they just asumed that he worked there. However he handed them a wad of bits of paper wedged between a few real notes, then made a swift exit. So, only change money with the person behind the counter. Changing money on the street hoping to get a better rate is not a good idea.
Taxis fares from the Otopeni Airport
It’s sad to see how often and in how many places it happens. If you arrive by night, make sure that the counter of the taxi starts. If not, try to negotiate the fare (it should never be more than 20$ to Bucharest downtown).
Palace of Parliament is still...
Palace of Parliament is still the tallest building in Bucharest and is the second largest building in the world. Ceausescu wanted to build in Bucharest the 'Victory of Socialism Centre'. The Unirea Boulevard is the former Victory of Socialism boulevard. The biggest palace in the world, having 84m high, a number of unknown storey on underground (anti-atomic) the second biggest building in the world by area (330,000m2) was to be the central element of Ceausescu's Communist Bucharest. It was build for Presidency, Parliament and Government. Today it serves as the seat of the Romanian Deputies Chamber Parliament.
Ceausescu tried to escape in 22-Dec-1989 using a helicpoter that took off from the Royal Palace on actual Revolution Plaza crowded with anger Romanian Revolutionaries. Ceausescu was captured by the people and army forces and was executed on Christmas Day, 1989. At that time only the outside facade and three interior rooms had been completed. The Union hall's 1,000 m2, 14-ton carpet was woven with special machines. 3,500 tons of crystal were used for the chandeliers. The heftiest chandelier in the small parliament hall weighs three tons (6000 lbs) and has 7,000 light bulbs. Romanians are proud that the building was designed solely by Romanian architects using purely Romanian materials.
If u have any other choice ,...
If u have any other choice , don't use the buses.
Theese are full of burglers , old people who talk a lot , smelly people and other 'bad elements'.
They're usually extremely loaded.
Use the subway instead , it's much safer , pleasent , and a little bit faster.
Snagov Monastery, linked to...
Snagov Monastery, linked to Dracula legend, is not worth the effort to go there, as there are far more interesting places to see in Bucharest alone. The monastery church itself, set up in Byzantine style, is interesting, but it is easier to visit other churches which bear more interesting and richer decorations, such as Caldarusani Monastery, Cozieni Monastery, Samurcasesti Monastery...
- Historical Travel
Hanul lui Manuc: a landmark but not a "must-see"
Hanul lui Manuc. All the guidebooks mention it and you should see it, I suppose, as a historic landmark. But don't get your hopes up and don't plan on a long visit: it will take about five or ten minutes. (And that's assuming you like architecture.) It is a centuries-old caravanserai (inn) (and still a working hotel, I should add) and the architecture is wonderful once you enter the courtyard: exquisite wood-carving and the place has the feel of times past and wild celebrations. But that's it. There's no 'there' there. Eating there was a mistake--not bad, just remarkably mediocre. Allot fifteen minutes for looking around (it's a functioning hotel, so you can't see much except exteriors) and taking pictures. That's it.
The address is strada Franceza 62-64 (it's near the Curtea Veche); the exterior facing the street is large but unprepossessing. Walk through the gateway and into the courtyard.
about fines and penalties....when driving....
only for cars with number plate from abroad and rentacar drivers!
driving in this city,as in the whole country,means you can easily be listed in the guiness book of records!
police sees serious mistakes everywhere!
Unique Suggestions: don't forget to discuss the way and the amount to pay...
If you're changing money in train station, check for several exchange offices to find the best rates, because they can vary to 20%.
Unique Suggestions: Don't rush to the first exchange office you see.
Fun Alternatives: Also, if possible, try to change money in banks (I know Raiffeisen have very good rates and 0% commission) for best rates.
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