Saturday, 2 June 2018

Bucharest, Romania (DoubleTree by Hilton, Unirii Square)

I managed to leave the hotel a little earlier this morning to avoid the heat. I’m still being self-indulgent and sleeping in late and taking my time getting ready for my daily excursions.

My only objective today is to walk to the Palace of Parliament and perhaps tour the building. I’ve only seen the building from a distance but understand it is immense. Only the Pentagon is larger. Someone has computed that this building weighs more.

It was a very easy walk to the Palace of Parliament. Pretty much a straight line from the hotel. I made a quick visit to a monastery, Manastirea Radu Voda along the way.

When I arrived at the Palace, I didn’t know where to find the visitor’s entrance. I decided to walk around the building clockwise. I walked, and walked, and walked. There was one entrance I found along the way but it was reserved for members of the parliament and was directed by a guard to keep walking around. I came upon another building that was under construction and learned later it was to be the National Cathedral. And I continued to walk until I came upon the visitor’s entrance. (I should have started my walk counter-clockwise.)

At the visitor’s entrance I could see that a large group of people were getting ready to start their tour and the next tour after that was in an hour. Perhaps I’ll come back again tomorrow, so I left.

I wasn’t looking forward to the walk back since it was getting very hot outside, but I did it anyway. We I returned to my room I saw that I walked over 17,000 steps or over seven miles. I definitely was hot and tired.

After a nap I published a blog entry and then went to the nearby shopping mall for a cheeseburger. It was becoming a little cooler and enjoyed the evening walk. I bought a shirt while at the mall before going upstairs to McDonald’s.

When I returned to my room I heard music. I made another plane reservation that would take me to London and booked a stay at a Hilton while I’m there mid-July. And the music kept playing. I left my room to find out where it was coming from and found that there was a party in a meeting room that was located beneath my room. I asked the front desk about it and they said there was a wedding party booked into the room. I asked how long they had booked the room and he didn’t know and offered to move me if the music bothered me. He would check with one of his colleagues, so I went back to my room.

The music seemed like it was getting louder. Items on my desk were vibrating. It stopped for about 10 minutes but started up again. I called down to the front desk and he informed me that the party could last most of the night. It was a Romanian wedding. I then asked to move. Fortunately, I didn’t have to move everything – just use the new room on a higher floor for sleep, then return to my room. I was very pleased with that offer. Though, even being in a room 6 floors above I could still hear the music. Yes, it was that loud. Thankfully I have earplugs. And thankful that I am a diamond Hilton Honors member. I’m sure the other hotel guests didn’t get the same offer to move to another room.

Around 3:00 a.m. I woke and the music had stopped. I returned to my room in the morning after breakfast. A new lesson learned for me, ask about wedding parties when I book a room.

Tomorrow I’ll return to the Palace of Parliament and book a tour of the building.

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