Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 – Constanta, Romania

     We had an early wake-up call today because we booked the 10-hour tour to Bucharest – Little Paris of the East – for $140 each.

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  We drove for about three hours through the fields of the Dobrudja region we a bathroom stop at a clean little rest stop.  In Bucharest city center, we stopped at the Palace of Parliament, the second largest building in the world after the Pentagon.  We visited the Patriarchal Church, residence of the head of the Romanian Orthodox church.  It was built on a hill to be closer to God and Ray made it only part way.

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     We visited the Village Museum, where houses have been gathered from peasants from all over Romania.  Many of these villages were destroyed, so this is all that is left.  There were many different styles.

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     We then had lunch with a folk show at Pescarus Restaurant located on a lake in Herastrau Park.  We had chicken noodle soup, salad, a type of chicken goulash with boiled potatoes and ice cream.

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     We drove past lots of museums and nice buildings on the way back to the ship.  It might be called little Paris and it was nice, but I prefer Paris.  Constanta didn’t look like it had much, so we were glad to be on the tour.  We got back to the ship about 7 pm.  We then went to the the show, Jimmy Tamley, a ventriloquist who was very funny.  We had dinner in the Alizar dining room. 

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