On Tuesday we had a very heavy walking day. We began at one of the large open-air markets that also has a large covered-market area. We bought a few things for meals over the next few days, but mostly just enjoyed looking at the produce and the people. Lovely fresh produce!
We then went downtown, stopping first at Cismigiu Gardens (http://www.spottedbylocals.com/bucharest/cismigiu-gardens/), a large and very lovely public park that I had not yet visited. I continue to be impressed by the lovely green spaces that Bucharest includes.
From the Gardens we walked part of the historic center, viewing some of the lovely old architecture from Bucharest’s heyday in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
We had a few minutes of sitting in Piata Unirii (Union Square), munching on fresh, warm pretzels (a not to be missed treat!) and admiring fountains prior to the final part of the day - a guided walking tour of historic Bucharest. If you do any travelling in Europe, do be sure to take note of this group: http://guided-bucharest.com/ue_free_tours.html. The website provides information not only about the tour in Bucharest, but also the network of tours in Europe. One pays a donation at the end, rather than a set fee, and our guide, Simona, was delightful and knowledgeable! We were with her for almost 3 hours and received an excellent overview of the city. I now know a number of places I would like to return to for a more extended visit.
And now one more post to complete the visit...