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Bucharest, Romania – May 22–24, 2017 – We arrived in Bucharest, the capital and largest city of Romania; with architecture and wide boulevards that earned it the nickname “Little Paris” in the early 1900s. Our sightseeing included a walking tour of Bucharest’s Old Town. We explored the Revolution Square and admired the architecture of the Royal Palace and the beautiful Romanian Athenaeum. Our visits included the Parliament Palace, one of the largest administrative buildings in the world and the “Village Museum”, a 37-hectare outdoor museum with dozens of original houses and farmsteads that depict the rural Romania of times passed. We also had the opportunity to return to the Romanian Athenaeum to enjoy a classical concert of piano and cello.
On our final day in Romania, we headed to one of the most impressive sights that the country offers outside of Bucharest. This mountain resort of Sinaia and Peles Castle, the former summer home of King Carol I. With its striking beauty when viewed from the outside, it is not difficult to imagine that the interior of the building, with its retractable stained-glass panels and intricately carved woodwork, would also exceed our expectations. The museum in this Neo-Renaissance designed castle holds everything from amazing Turkish Izmir rugs to one of Europe’s finest collections of hunting and war implements. After our day in Sinaia, we returned to Bucharest for our final night in Romania.
Dubrovnik, Croatia – May 25, 2017 – This morning we boarded our private jet for a stop in the astonishing coastal city of Dubrovnik on our way to Italy. During our walking tour of the city we explored Dubrovnik’s Old Town area and visited Rectors Palace and the Franciscan monastery of the “Order of Friars Minors”, home to the third oldest functioning pharmacy in the world. We continued through town and saw a few more sights before visiting the Cathedral of the Virgin Mary. There we saw the treasury which holds over 180 reliquaries, most dating back from the 11th to 18th centuries. After the tour, we traveled to the Konvale region, in the countryside of Dubrovnik. A local family welcomed us to their rural estate and showed us their traditional way of growing vegetables in their garden. We enjoyed a true Dalmatian style lunch, all made from their home grown produce, hosted by the estate owners. After lunch, we reboarded our private jet and continued to Italy.
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