Today was another fun day of exploring this city. And now of course I want to come back in nicer weather and explore it properly! But I feel like I did a great job, all things considered.
|one of the streets in old town. I'd have taken|
better and more pictures if it wasn't raining!
|I think our guide said yesterday that this is the oldest church |
|window of the synagogue|
|beautiful mosaic along Bulevardul|
Unirii, on the way to the Palace
|view from the front|
|view from the east side, taken from nearby Izvor Park|
|Ok, so this isn't the Palace. This is just a super cool playground,|
also at Izvor Park.
|the only picture I took in the palace. I had to exchange my passport |
for this badge, so it was pretty important (Don't worry, we traded
back at the end :) )
After that I headed north a bit to catch part of Parcul Herastrau and Romania's own Arc de Triumf - smaller than the one in Paris, but still impressive (Sorry, Vasi, I didn't make it to Parcul Carol, I decided I wanted to see the Arc more than the mausoleum :) ). Being that it was still cold and rainy, I was one of the only people in this park too, but I do remember being in this park in early May in 2007 and it being quite lovely. Today it was a bit dreary but still pretty.
I found a fun place to eat a late lunch/early dinner, back in old town at a place called "La Mama." I chose it because of the soup menu - I seriously love Romanian soup! This time I had a sour soup with chicken and garlic - so good! It came with bread (oh yeah, I love Romanian bread too!) and I ordered fries to go with it and a mint lemonade that was amazing and served in a fancy mini-pitcher with a straw. I will also miss Romanian lemonade :) I wandered around a bit after eating, but puddle-jumping was getting a little old and my feet were getting a little tired, and it was going to be dark soon anyway.
|I actually went out of my way today, |
in the rain, to take a picture of this
sign I saw yesterday. Instead of a
sign saying to keep off the grass,
this happy sign says being
on the grass is allowed!
Another successful subway ride back, and here I am. I'm in a funky mood right now - excited to be home and to see family and friends and clients and live in a world where I'm not a cultural outsider, nervous about all the travel that needs to happen between now and then, and sad to leave this amazing place. Every time I leave Romania, I am so aware that there is a chance I won't return, and it breaks my heart each time. This time is no exception. But my faithful God is in control, and He is as good in Tempe as He is here, and He is faithful to His people here at the exact same time He is faithful to His people in Arizona. He's pretty amazing. This trip has been amazing. Thanks for reading!