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Bucharest Tales (3)

Posted: June 20, 2013 in City Breaks

 

One first perfect summer week-end!

Summer finally arrived in Bucharest, late, but still, it’s here to stay for 3 whole months! And this week-end, mid June 2013, it was a perfect one: no rain, shiny sun, fluffy clouds, 30degrees or maybe more (but I love this!!!) and not at least, a lot of cultural events! So, I decided to do nothing but to walk through Bucharest as a tourist! Good choice as I enjoyed every second 🙂

My itinerary started with Romanian Peasant`s Museum (Muzeul Taranului Roman) which beside being a beautiful old building  and museum with traditional costumes, pottery, photos, embroideries from different areas of Romania, it is also a very active cultural place: movie screenings, unconventional theater, live bands concerts, traditions and ethnic festivals, creativity workshops. I like here the terrace, a simple one, but with cheap beer, food and always full with artists.
This week-end took place a Peasant Fair-Market with artisans, painters, wood carvers, jewelry, antiques and free entrance. After I made a tour admiring the products, I`ve decided to take the opportunity to buy some authentic handmade souvenirs for our next groups visiting Romania and I think this was just the perfect place for that. And I have to mention also the traditional cakes, homemade chocolate, cheese, jams all reminding me of my grandmother goodies! Unfortunately, I was so captivated by all of these, that I forgot to take some photos 😦

Friday evening, it was rock time!!! Again free entrance to a local fest called Rock in Park. We were impressed by some very skilled Romanian bands, like Burning Table from Timisoara that opened for no one else but famous The Animals!!!

Saturday evening was again a very beautiful warm weather so our choice was this time a more quite place. We went out to a very beautiful, intimate and quite secluded bistro garden J`ai Bistrot, not far from Bucharest center. Again, a very bohemian place, crawling with local artists, good, quiet jazz, among small trees, bicycles and pebbles on the ground. A beautiful atmosphere of cozyness , friendship, really reminding of and old Paris from the beginning of century.

On Sunday, more of a daytime program: Street Delivery it’s organized by the Architect Association in Bucharest for several years, then Timisoara and starting this year also in Iasi. Their main idea, that I like it so much is: residents have a right on heritage fund, quality architecture and landscape, as much as they have to health and justice. Arthur Verona Street located in the middle of the city was for 3 days a promenade for workshops, innovative ideas about architecture, urban-ism, landscape, ecology, environment. Such a beautiful ideas were combined in a perfect atmosphere with music, visual arts, film, theater, dance, good music on the stage! We enjoyed a lot  Space Needle aka Purje, an interesting  project making everyone acknowledge that the grunge scene is still worldwide active.

So, take a chance and come to visit the never sleeping, lovely Bucharest!!!

Madalina

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Bucharest Tales (2)

Posted: June 9, 2013 in City Breaks

 

An exotic  and relaxing escape, not as far away as you would imagine but in the heart of Bucharest! Definitely, I recommend Radisson Blu, as a special place for a special celebration!!!

As our business is defined “First we check, then we recommend”, I have decided to celebrate 3 years of my marriage in one of the best hotels in town: Radisson Blu 5*. After one week-end spent in this oasis, I can really say that Radisson Blu is an amazing place and definitely  we recommend it to our friends and clients for leisure, Business or a special celebration like mine.

We bought a package called “Second Honeymoon” at a reasonable price of 120 Euro for 2 persons including one overnight in Business Class room, full access to World Class (Jacuzzi, outdoor/indoor swimming pool, dry/wet sauna, fitness),  early check in at 09:00, late check out at 18:00, so in total two full days, of course a Super buffet breakfast and above all, we found in the room a good quality red wine and a plateau with exotic fresh  fruits and fine chocolate!!!

Our comfortable room had a wonderful swimming pool view  and full access to Business Lounge which means refreshment drinks for the whole day, Lavazza coffee, fine  teas, a light evening buffet with tasty and good quality dishes, relaxing and intimate atmosphere, of course business facilities and an spectacular panorama of the Parliament`s House or Lutheran Church in contrast with gray blocks of  flats…which reminds me of the communism era and makes me enjoy better this short holiday and life!!!

The fancy interior design with the ice bar in the middle of the lobby, all the details, decorations, the background music, the atmosphere, the swimming pool, everything makes you fill like in a holiday hotel on a beach destination. Moreover, I`ve been positively impressed about the good service and well trained staff always smiling and I think this detail is the most important one.

Radisson Blu is also famous for its restaurants. We have tried only two of them: Café Citta and Sharkia. Caffe Citta has a colorful, cheerful design and Italian food. Our dishes were very tasty and we recommend it especially for lunch.

For our special dinner we tried Sharkia restaurant! I and my husband, we are gourmand and we always explore for new culinary experiences and I can say that Sharkia was a very nice surprise for us, a fusion of East Mediterranean cuisine  that must be tried! I had the most delicious falafel and tahini in my life and I have tasted many as I love Arabian food! I recommend also the sea food that was very fresh and flavored! All these due to chef Stefan Paraschiv!!! I  must confess that we were lucky to meet personally chef Stefan Paraschiv, a  lovely person who took care of us, cooked for us and explained us in detail every dish. Thank you, Stefan you are a great chef!!!

Thanks also to the nice smiley and friendly girls from the staff!!! All of you, made our celebration more special and unforgettable!!!

I heard also that Prime restaurant is famous for steaks and maybe when we celebrate 10 years of marriage will try it, I’m sure it’s worth every … leu 🙂

And one more thing, the prices from the places checked by us: one dish is about 8-15 euro,  fresh lemonade 4,5 euro, draft beer  3,5 euro, one glass of Romanian wine 7 euro and one bottle of Romanian wine 30 euro. For a 5* hotel, I think it’s OK for foreign person. For a middle Romanian pocket, it is expensive, especially the alcoholic drinks 😉 and as it was a special event we refreshed ourselves with some beers and good wine. Time is running so fast and we have to enjoy every second of our life!!!

I advertise Radisson Blu because it’s worth it! They have many packages for couples on different budgets. So I warmly recommend to everyone from Bucharest, Romania or abroad, to try our experience! If I made you curios, you can contact us for more details and to book for you at special rates an unforgettable celebration at Radisson Blu Bucharest hotel!

Madalina