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Bucharest is a wonderful crazy busy city. The old town in the centre is great to see. There are several historic churches, a comedy theatre, and the Caru Cu Bere beer hall. It is interesting to visit Caucsescu's neo classical style People's Palace built in concrete and the surrounding Boulevards including the Arc de Triumph!
The fun and rustic Village Museum featuring reconstructions of houses from different regions of Romania is located in Herastrau Park in the north - a nice place for a stroll. Other parks are Cismigiu Park where you can have a walk round Swan Lake and watch old men playing backgammon or the Communist style Tineretului Park to the south. For a great view of the city, walk up the winding exterior staircase of the funky Pantelmion Art Tower.
For a tasty lunch, try Puzzle which also has events happening or La Muzeu restaurant. For a nice cup of coffee and bite to eat, try Van Gogh Cafe; the Carturesti bookstore which has a buffet on the terrace in Spring and Summer; or Caru'cu bere, the oldest famous brasserie in Bucharest featuring 19th century decor. There is a great French patisserie, Pain Plaisir, and three good French restaurants Ici et La; Voilà and La Cave. For an Indian meal, there is Karishma.
For those who love a good rummage round the markets, there are several daily markets - Amzei market, the popular Obor market (piata Obor) and Mattake market near the North Railway Station.
There is a useful website for public transport.
There are several options for travelling from Bucharest to Wild Thyme. Take a Pegasus bus to Razgrad and get a taxi from there (35 leva). Or take a Pegaus bus to Ruse and another from Ruse bus station to Popovo. The last bus to Popovo leaves at 18.30.
It is a 3 hour taxi drive from Bucharest and costs approx 80 euro. We can book this for you.
For car hire, you can hire a car from the airport. Or if you want to avoid Bucharest traffic, hire a car from Ruse (IKO car hire).
You can break up the journey with an overnight stay in Ruse. It's a city of faded grandeur with wonderful buildings and a pretty walk along the Danube. Don't miss the Borovo treasure at the museum or the Roman archaeological reserve. There are a number of restaurants along the main pedestrian street and we recommend Buddha House for good food in a peaceful setting.
You can also take a boat trip on the Danube and when you're done, have something to eat on a boat restaurant overlooking the river.