The old synagogue looked like it would have once been an impressive building, and online photos showed it looking very attractive in its current abandoned state. This was our main reason for wanting to visit Constanta, a city on the Romanian Black Sea coast. Sure enough, it was. The name of the bus company is Mercado Sud and all the information is on their website in Romanian only. A quick response providing us with the vehicle registration number confirmed it would be there in 10 minutes. During the summer months, music festivals are held on the beach.
This post replicates the itinerary that we took as part of our Summer travels to Eastern Europe. The most popular beach resorts sprawl along the Black Sea coast north and south of the city, but Varna itself has a wide, sandy beach, lined with trendy bars which pulsate into the early hours of the morning throughout the summer months.
Running along the seafront is the more sedate Sea Garden, a popular landscaped public park. In the roads beyond the tourist information centre and the cathedral, the city becomes more work-a-day. The park is dotted with sculptures, shady trees, cafes and restaurants. Retro Museum in Varna Soak up history at the Roman Baths The remains of the Odessos 2nd century thermal baths now lie in the heart of Varna, surrounded by socialist-designed apartment buildings, a juxtaposition I always find striking.
Communist monuments If you are keen on communist-era statues, make sure you visit the Monument of the Bulgarian-Soviet Friendship in Varna.
Although not connected to the socialist-era it was erected inthe Alley of Cosmonauts, which includes a statue of Yuri Gagarin, is nearby the pantheon and also worth seeing. A friend recently stayed at Hostel Musala and while she rated the atmosphere and aesthetics, complained that the walls were ridiculously thin, so it was noisy. On our most recent visit to Varna, we stayed in this one-bedroom apartmentwhich we would recommend.
We especially liked the pink Formica kitchen and quirky dating events londra and lime green sofa! The owner was friendly and responsive and spoke good English. The family live in the same building, so are around if you need anything.
The only potential issue was a construction site on the quirky dating events londra side of the apartment. If you prefer a hotel with a retro theme and a great location, try the Hotel Odessos. Long-distance buses serve Sofia and other cities in Bulgaria. Coming from Bucharest, Ruse, just over the border quirky dating events londra Romania, is worth a visit and there are direct buses from Ruse to Varna.
Obtaining information at Varna bus station was difficult. No one at the information booths spoke any English which surprised us for such a popular resort destination and we got sent from one counter quirky dating events londra another. What we could ascertain was that there are buses from Varna to Odessa which go via Constanta but no one would sell us a ticket in advance.
After a further enquiry at the Tourist Information Centre in town, we learnt there was a daily minibus service from Varna to Constanta which left from the street in front of Varna cathedral at around 1. The staff at the TIC told us to be there at 1 pm and get the ticket directly from the driver. Seeking further confirmation of our options, I found a website for the company with contact details.
We were told to be waiting between 1.
Our route: Varna – Constanta – Tulcea – Sulina – Braila – Galati – Cahul – Chisinau
We had to check out of our apartment so we thought we might as well wait on a shady bench by the cathedral. A quick response providing us with the vehicle registration number confirmed it would be there in 10 minutes. Sure enough, it was. Although only three of us got on the bus in Varna an Algerian guy appeared at the last minute!
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The short story is that getting from Varna to Constanta by bus is easy when you have the know-how! The name of the bus company is Mercado Sud and all the information is on their website in Romanian only. The service may only operate between April and September.
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This was our main reason for wanting to visit Constanta, a city on the Romanian Black Sea coast. Although Constanta has a history dating back some 2, years — Jason and the Argonauts are said to have visited after finding the Golden Fleece — these days, it is mainly sun-seekers that flock to the resort town.
What to do in Constanta Admire Constanta Casino The original casino was wooden and dates back to but it was redesigned in Art Nouveau style in and is a stunning piece of architecture. Despite this, the casino is worth seeing from the outside.
Constanta Casino Stroll along Constanta Seafront Promenade and Beach The casino sits at the end of a sweeping seafront promenade, perfect for a stroll.
During the summer months, music festivals are held on the beach. The square is a popular meeting place and a connecting point between the town and the seafront. The old synagogue looked like it would have once been an impressive building, and online photos showed it looking very attractive in its current abandoned state. Sadly, a couple of angry dogs halted our attempts at getting a closer look. We stayed at Casa Kito which was OK. In most respects, it was much better than many reviews on Booking.
Our only niggle was that it could have been a bit cleaner, especially the kitchen and public areas. The walls were a bit thin a ubiquitous feature of cheap accommodation in this part of the world but we were lucky and generally had considerate neighbours. Location-wise, it suited us being in the newer albeit slightly more run down in feel part of town closer to the bus station and also the beach but if you want to quirky dating events londra a bit aquarius dating meci to the action in the old town, consider somewhere like Casa cu fluturia budget guesthouse where rooms have shared bathrooms.
Alternatively, look at the more sophisticated Casa Chintoan.
Prices in Constanta can rise dramatically during the summer months, especially if there is an event, so double-check accommodation costs before firming quirky dating events londra plans.
Constanta to Tulcea The bus leaving Constanta for Tulcea went from a different station to the one we arrived at. The bus station name is Autogara TraceTrans and is in the Tomis 3 district of the city.
Buy a ticket for 2 lei from the kiosk by the stop and remember to punch it on the machine on the bus. Alternatively, you could take a taxi. At the Autogara TraceTrans, buy your ticket from the small office by the platform. Tulcea A bustling port city, Tulcea is known as the gateway to the Danube Delta, and whilst you could use it merely as a stopover point on the journey from Varna to Odessa, it would be a shame not to factor in some time in the Delta itself.
However, if you are opting for the Delta and time is tight, the 19 ani datând 22 de ani departs at 1.
Tulcea promenade Where to stay in Tulcea We stayed at Villa Maraa small family-run guesthouse, a short walk from the train, bus and ferry terminals.
This post replicates the itinerary that we took as part of our Summer travels to Eastern Europe. The most popular beach resorts sprawl along the Black Sea coast north and south of the city, but Varna itself has a wide, sandy beach, lined with trendy bars which pulsate into the early hours of the morning throughout the summer months. Running along the seafront is the more sedate Sea Garden, a popular landscaped public park.
No English is spoken but the owner is very friendly and we got by fine. If you prefer a conventional hotel, try something like the Hotel Deltaa large complex on the waterfront. Tulcea into the Danube Delta The Danube Delta is only accessible by boat and the simplest way of getting there is by Navrom, the state ferry company. You can check the routes, timings and ticket prices on their easy-to-navigate website.
Quirky dating events londra to Tulcea from either Sulina or Sfantu Gheorghe, two of the main Delta towns, a ferry leaves from both ports at 7 am, so it should be easy to catch an onward bus once back in Tulcea.
We got off the slow ferry at Braila For us, Braila Brăila in Romanian was what we call a wild card. Breaking the journey in random places that we know little about has resulted in some of our most rewarding travel experiences. Rows of colourful brollies dance above the end of Strada Mihai Eminescu, a pedestrianised shopping street. There are also some interesting buildings on the street including the ornate and now abandoned, Hotel Pescarus. Braila See the historic and very blue Clock Tower on Piața Traian Built in and a city landmark, the public clock sits in a small park in the centre of town.
Built inin more recent times the glass-domed tower has served as a restaurant. It closed in and is now abandoned, apparently awaiting restoration. Running down the middle is a collection of stainless-steel sculptures and kinetic fountains. At the top is quirky dating events londra fountain which puts on a little sound and dating pe pamant filmini izle performance after dark.
The Esplanada area felt like the social hub of the town with far more people milling about than in other parts of the town we visited. Braila City Hall left and the Hotel Traian right Where to stay in Braila A reoccurring feature of off-the-beaten-path travel in this part of the world is the lack of hostels and budget accommodation.
We were very tempted to stay at the socialist-era style, centrally located Hotel Traian but in the end, we opted for something a little cheaper. We stayed at the Paris Hotel which was fine for a night. The only downside is that, yet again, the walls are terribly thin.
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Also, some rooms have internal windows, so request a room with external windows. When we arrived at Braila bus station, we checked the timings for onward buses to Galati. There was no one to ask so we went with the schedules displayed at the bus bays and inside the waiting room. Sure enough that worked out and we were dropped off on a random street on the other side of town where there were a few minivans known as maxi taxis in Romania gathered.
Five minutes later, we were Galati-bound. If that sounds like too much hassle, there are also several daily trains between Braila and Galati both towns are on the main line to Bucharest.
The train station is another modernist beauty worth seeing. Random side-note: Incruise ships starting running between Odessa and Braila. Galati One of the reasons that Galati Galați initially found itself on our travel itinerary was because Mark wanted to photograph a bus station.
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Galati has a mix of 19th-century and Socialist-era architecture and a relaxed vibe. Like Braila, Galati sits on the River Danube but with a population of just over half a million, is twice as big. Galati Bus Station Autogara Metropoli Stroll the Danube Cliff Similar to Braila, Galati also has a long stretch of riverside promenade-park on a slightly lower level than the main town.
The two levels are about fifty metres apart and are known as the upper cliff and the lower cliff and stretch four kilometres along the Danube.
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Admire the riverside sculptures The path along the lower cliff is dotted with metal sculptures created by various artists in the mid to late s. Can you spot the reoccurring similarities between Braila and Galati? Though if you wanted to make a comparison, there are more sculptures in Galati than in Braila. Evolutie by Bela Crisan left and Septenarius by Ingo Glass right Propeller Monument Not reason enough to come to Galati although it was something that Mark had identified ahead of our visitthe focal point of the five-metre memorial is a huge propeller.
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The Propeller Monument was erected in to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Galati shipyard. Our apartment was clean, comfortable and well furnished and we would have happily stayed longer than the one night we had. Galati to Cahul We headed to the Autogara Metropoli to buy our tickets to Cahul in Moldova on the following day the bus station was on our sightseeing route anyway. At the information counter we were told that the one daily bus departed for Chisinau at 8. We would have to get it from the driver directly, in the morning.