Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Versailles of Romania

Day 39 A Rest day in Bucharest

Today we have a rest day in Bucharest the capital of Romania. It is a city in transition. One end of the spectrum crowded and dirty very third world and on the other modern and busy. It is also the home to the imperial palace of the late communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu. Work was started in 1984 and continued though 1989 with a work force of 20,000 working 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Sebastian our Romania guide took on a walk though the palace. It is the largest government build in the world next to the Pentagon. It was totally fascinating. The huge court yard in the front of the palace was build to hold 250,000 chanting supported. He never made it. He was executed during the revolution which over threw the communists. It was made to resemble Versaille, and it does. However the workmanship isn't as good and even though it is less than 20 years old it has fallen in to disrepair.

So that is today's high light.

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Agnes said...

Great scenery and descriptions. Maybe too good when it comes to the traffic. Visibility flags are a good idea. Sounds like you are still having fun . . .


Anonymous said...

Impressive looking street scene. Enjoy the ride and thanks for the blog.

Ken C.

Anonymous said...

Hey Terry, I feel like that Romanian dude passed out on the couch as it is thursday of Stampede week!!
Cheers, julian

Anonymous said...

Terry, we're off to Scandinavia this morning. I'll postpone reading the rest of your blog until I return on August 1.

Enjoy the rest of the ride, and we'll get together back in Calgary.

Ken C.