Ok so this was another trip to Bucharest Romania, this time it was just in Bucharest for four days. Great weather, sunny cool nice about 15-18C all week.
As usual I took the flight from Nantes airport; http://www.nantes.aeroport.fr/ , on Air France, to Paris (Roissy-en-France) CDG T2F, and there we change to T2E for the connection this time on TAROM, the national airline of Romania, for a nice flight in; Bucharest Henri Coanda, but actually in the city of Otopeni about 16,5 kms from the city http://www.bucharestairports.ro/index.php?lang=en
We took a taxi to the hotel, Taxi 2000, where you print a ticket from a machine on the way out from the terminal just before hitting the outside ,and it gives you the name of the taxi company and the number of the car, very nice ride, and for 6 euros!!! some explanation on rates on taxis at the airport in English, http://bucharestairports.ro/otp/index.php?cat=16&article=55 the taxi company is here where you can even pre book the taxi,but its only in Romanian ,http://www.taxi2000.ro/
There , I headed to the hotel, been there before and its excellent Crown Plaza Hotel, part of the Intercontinental hôtels group. Each time has been great for me there, wonderful indoor heated pool, sauna, gym room, great Grand Café bar for drinks and news/sports TV, then the Le Brasserie restaurant very nice, the rooms are big and well stocked, the elevator works fine and fast, checkin and checkout is smooth, just another wonderful IHG property. http://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/bucharest/buhrm/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-cp-_-ROEN-_-buhrm
Even thus, I had four days, it was well stockup with work, so very little time to go out, just some driving around with locals ;passing the by local Universities like the Romano-American and the agriculture research ,and the Romexpo conference dome building around the World Trade center business park where we had lunch at the cafeteria every day. Except one lunch we ordered pizza from Jerry’s, quickly delivered and good. http://www.jerryspizza.ro/#2
http://www.romexpo.ro/home ; Romexpo, the exhibition hall of Bucharest par excellence. http://www.ro-am.ro/ ; the Romanian-American university, nice place well located , and the agriculture university veterinary campus, great location too, and nice complex , http://en.usamv.ro/campus/veterinary-medicine-cotroceni-campus
I did get one special night to go out with friends, and had a wonderful dinner at a wonderful very traditional Romanian restaurant in the outskirst of Bucharest. Restaurant Vatra Neamului, Balostesti, past Otopeni the airport city, along the DN1 road. This is very much use as well for weddings and anniversaries by the locals, as it is very traditional Romanian in food and decoration. We had dinner in the poets’s room as you have portraits of Romanian poets/writers going way back. Vatra Neamului, is a mix cuisine between ancient moldavian/romanian food, the food wich was served by our ancestors before us, and a trip to the time of Stefan the Great, Michael the Brave, and the unrivaled writer Mihai Eminescu. Wonderful find, enjoy it when you can. http://www.vatraneamului.ro/index.php
and the trip back at last, was great as usual, flying back on Tarom Airlines to Paris CDG and then AF to Nantes, where my car was waiting for the 1h30 trip back home along the N165. All very nice, smooth, and pleasant weather, can’t ask for more. Thanks again to my local friends for the great host. Until next time, do come and enjoy Bucharest and Romania. cheers