On Sunday, we took a tour around Bucharest to see the sights and learn about the culture. Our tour guide was Romanian and had a pretty American sounding accent.
The first section of the tour was a sightseeing part, where we got to see the whole city. The guide explained about the Soviets taking over Bucharest and the rest of Romania, and told us about what it was like to live under Communist authority. There were many colorful buildings around the city, but most of them were made out of concrete and were very grey and bland. As you have probably already imagined, those buildings were built by the Russians.
The next section of the tour was a walking part, where we walked around the Old Town. The buildings here were beautiful, and most had been untouched by the Soviets. There was an old monastery that we got to walk into. Almost every inch of the walls were painted with pictures of Jesus and Mary and the 12 disciples. I, personally wasn’t a huge fan, because I felt cramped in the little space with a few people standing around me, and I wasn’t even allowed to whisper to Dad that one of the pictures of baby Jesus looked like a monkey (now that I think about it, I can see why nobody appreciated me saying that).
On the walking part of the tour, we went to two different restaurants that the tour guide said were good. The first one was started by two German brothers that created a beer that was very popular around the area. They became very rich from it and built a beautiful building for their restaurant. The building had lots of sculptures and was really colorful. We ate in that one. The second restaurant was a semi-fancy looking one that the guide said was the only building in the whole city with a wooden roof. We didn’t eat there because our guide said it would be more fun to go there in the summer when it is warm and they have all the live music playing outside.
For the last section of the tour, we had a different guide, and this was for seeing the Parliament Palace (see my last blog to read about that). I wasn’t able to hear most of what he said, because there were a lot of people on that tour and there was no headset or microphone or anything, but the guy was quite funny at some times. He said there were more than 2000 chandeliers in the whole palace. Yes, I wrote 2000, that wasn’t a typo.
After that, our private tour guide took us back to the first restaurant that I mentioned, and left us to eat. The food was really good, and after eating, we headed back home.