After a quick glimpse and walk around old town at 7am in the morning – this part of Bucharest seems to be old world meets construction zone. Apparently this part of Bucharest is seeing a revitalization of sorts – not sure where the money is coming from for this but there are a number of major projects in this part of town including businesses remodeling their own buildings in the middle of the old city. As someone I met last night mentioned, “Bucharest has character” – certainly in the architecture but even more so during all this construction.
One tour company contacted me yesterday – Tzigania Tours – www.tzigania.com offering homestay and cultural immersion in gypsy communities. Sounds tempting but its in the opposite direction of where I’m going (the beaches of the Adriatic are ultimately calling!).
With a strong interest in fruit and wine – I found a company offering village homestay in a nearby village – set among grapevines and fruit orchards – www.villagelife.ro – sounds interesting and I might check them out tomorrow.
Walked home late after having dinner with two cool travelers, one local and one from southern India. On my way I passed a big political protest – police had locked off the street and about 50 riot gear wearing police were marching down the opposite side of the street from me. Prob not a smart move for me to climb up on top of large statues and wave flags like several of the protestors were doing.
Here are a few photos of central Bucharest.