Tourist Attractions in and Near Bucharest

A rather off the beaten path tourist destination, Romania’s capital cities is worth discovering for its current modern life as well as for its historic landmarks that tell different stories emerging from the country’s past. Tourist attractions in and near Bucharest include the impressive edifice known among the locals as People’s Palace, beautiful Baroque and French  Renaissance structures, green parks, historic palaces, lots of restaurants serving delicious typically Romanian dishes, night clubs where you can dance, drink and have fun till dawn.

At first sight, Bucharest might seem a grey city  with little interest for the visitor, but once you start exploring it and once you get to know its best spots, you will understand that Romania’s capital city has a lot to offer in point of tourist attractions, as well as when it comes to places where to have fun.

People’s Palace

Probably the city’s best known tourist attraction (and the country’s too if it wasn’t for Dracula) is People’s Palace – the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon and the heaviest still standing structure on Earth. An object of controversy among the locals, People’s Palace is often regarded as a grotesque reminder of the communist period within Romania’s history. However, it does not fail to impress the city’s visitors, irrespective of their political views or architectural background.

Romanian Athenaeum

 

An iconic edifice and symbol of the country’s culture, the Romanian Athenaeum stands in the very center of the city, where it was erected over a century ago using funds collecting from the entire nation. Included in UNESCO’s Heritage List in 2004, the building impresses by the abundance of details. The French architect Albert Galleron found inspiration for it in the Greek temples.

The Village Museum

 

Bucharest’s Village Museum is a way of touring the entire rural Romania in a couple of hours. One of the first open air museums in the world and an important tourist attraction in Bucharest, the Village Museum is located inside Herastrau Park and is home to more than 70 traditional households. This includes, besides the house, agricultural tool and objects reflecting the inhabitants’ customs. Whether permits it, the Village Museum becomes the locals’ destination, especially before a holiday when plenty of activities for kids are organizes here.

Bucharest’s Old Center

 

Known among the locals as Lipscani, Bucharest’s Old Center is one of the city’s trendiest areas. This is where people go for a beer in the hot summer evenings or for a hot chocolate during winter. This is where many of Bucharest hottest’ entertainment spots are located. This is also the place to go if you want to try to understand what the city looked like during the 19th century. Bucharest’s Old Center has undergone a lot of renovation works during the last years. Its historic landmarks have been restored and you can now enjoy most of its past splendor. One of the best examples is the BNR (National Bank of Romania) building – an impressive sample of French Renaissance architecture.

If you are looking for a nice eatery where you can taste some of the typically Romanian specialties, you should try Caru’ cu Bere – one of the city’s best known restaurants and a true living legend. Opened for the first time in 1879 in a different location, Caru’ cu Bere was one of Bucharest’s first beerhouses. Reopened after 20 years at its current address, in Stavropoleos Street, it is a must-visit restaurant where the party atmosphere prevails at any given moment.

Bucharest’s parks

Some of Bucharest’s best attractions are its parks. Whether you choose to walk down the statues adorned alleys of Herastrau Park or in the charming Cismigiu, you cannot help falling in love with the city’s parks. Bucharest’s green lung, Herastrau is located in the North side of the city. Right at its heart, you will find a sizeable lake and on its shore, lots of trendy cafes and restaurants.

Located in the city center, Cismigiu is a symbol that reminds those 19th century days when Bucharest was known as Little Paris. Cismigiu is actually an urban garden dotted with benches and playgrounds, on whose lake you can row a boat or skate, depending on the season.

Tanzania’s National Parks

Tanzania has some of the finest and largest national parks in Africa. Lions, giraffes, gnus, antelopes, elephants and other species of wild animals are born, live and die in the middle of a nature that still holds its beauty untouched.

The two classical parks of Tanzania are Serengeti and Ngorongoro. The first one is a huge wildlife park whose borders go inside Kenya where it takes the name of Maasai Mara. The species diversity is exceptional here. Tourists can follow twice a year the gnus’ migration which consist of an impressive movement of thousands of animals in search of green meadows and water sources.  This is also a popular destination with newlyweds who come to enjoy here a few days of discovery and complete their stay by a balloon flight over the savannah.

Serengeti National Park

Nature and open spaces lovers will also be delighted by Ngorongoro. Situated on the bottom of a huge volcanic crater, it is the habitat of a rich wildlife living in autarky. The Massai tribes from the surrounding villages come to graze their herds here. In order to protect the sites, growing plants and dwelling are prohibited inside the park. However, 4X4 access is available and recommended to tourists who want to dive into the heart of nature.

On Rift’s valley and South of Ngorongoro, the Manyara Lake constitutes another important attraction of this region. Surrounded by a wild forest, where thousands of flamingos come to rest and feed, it is the ideal destination for bird watching lovers.

Manyara Lake

Further towards the South, the 100 km long Tarangire National Park gathers immense flora and fauna of great beauty. The baobab, a tree that ancient gods used to uproot and replant is one of the attractions.

Arusha National Park is a smaller, but very interesting one nonetheless. Located at the foot of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro, it provides tourists with the opportunity to enjoy the best views of the huge snow-capped volcano. Accompanied by a ranger, they can penetrate the most wooden parts of the park and go in search of the wildlife (mainly monkeys) that is hidden there. This park is perfect for a first discovery of the Tanzania’s wonders

A Guide For Visiting Thailand

A lot of people don’t know how to travel properly and end up in uncomfortable situations due to the fact that they have made mistakes when packing or even in the process of traveling itself. Thailand is one of the most popular travel places, so whether you are visiting it for pleasure or business, you will need to know the following tips.

Clothes – There’s a common mistake people make when traveling in different cultures or countries, they usually bring a lot of clothes. In Thailand you won’t need a lot of clothes; you will just need comfortable clothes that are good for warm weather.  You can also buy clothes from Thailand if you find yourself in the situation of having nothing to wear and clothes have a reasonable price in Thailand.

rod-fai-market

Food – When it comes to food everybody will tell you not to buy and eat things from street vendors. However, you might lose the true experience of Asian culture and cuisine so take a chance and buy something on the street. Another idea would be to befriend locals and ask them to take you to their favorite eating place. Besides street food, you should also check out the high standard restaurants if you can afford, you will be amazed with all the great food Thailand has to offer. The only problem might be with the tap water, which should be avoided if you don’t want to feel ill. It is advised to use bottled water even when brushing your teeth.

 Communication – When going to Thailand all you need to buy is a phone card that you will be using there if you want to talk on the phone with the best rates. These cards are cheap and they have credit and prepaid minutes on them. People from Thailand know English due to the fact that this country has a lot of visitors so you won’t have any problems if you know English.

luxury resort

Accommodation – Along side luxury villas and hotels and resorts, there are really cheap bungalows or guesthouses. So the range for renting place to stay is pretty big. For example, luxury villa in Koh Samui might cost up to $1500 per night and guesthouse in Bangkok can be as low as $15 per night.

Thailand is a great place to visit, a whole new culture which is very different from the Western culture, so if you have the chance to travel there, don’t hesitate and follow these tips to make things easier.

Destinations For Your Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is probably the vacation you will always remember so you must make sure that you visit an incredible place where you can create beautiful memories together. Here are some of the most beautiful places where you can spend a romantic honeymoon.

Bahamas or the Bahama Islands is an archipelago that has about 2000 islands. It is an amazing place with a beautiful history. If you plan on going here for your honeymoon you can try going during a festival called Junkanoo where people gather on the street to dance on African music and wear different costumes. If you are a bit adventurous you can go and explore the wildlife in Bahamas because it has numerous species. You can spend time relaxing on the beach or you can go visit some important landmarks like The Pompey Museum of Slavery and Emancipation, the Paradise Island, and even stay at the popular hotel called Atlantis.

Junkanoo

Maui – this is a part of islands in Hawaii. It is so popular among honeymooners because it has a lot of things to explore and its romantic beaches are renowned. You can explore alpine wilderness in Haleakala National Park as well as the fascinating black sand beach in Wainapanapa State Park so there is definitely some fascinating sightseeing to be made. Choose this destination for a combination of adventure and relaxation.

Haleakala

Florence – One of the most beautiful places in Italy, Florence is a major attraction for couples worldwide. With a rich history, amazing architecture and extremely romantic places, Florence seems to be the perfect place where you can choose to spend your honeymoon. Some of the places worth visiting are Accademia Gallery, Santa Maria del Fiore, Giotto’s Tower, or the Piazzale Michelangelo. Also, don’t forget to take a long walk with your loved one when there are street performers in front of the Palazzo Vecchio which is a lovely place where you can declare your undying love for your significant other.

These are just a few of our favorite destinations for a honeymoon. They are absolutely lovely places and you will fall in love again with your lover while visiting them because of their romantic atmosphere.