Heading to Rome and Bucharest in November ... Advice Needed

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    Sep 12, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    Hey guys - I was lucky to be selected for a volunteer assignment for a week in November in Bucharest, Romania. A friend and I have decided to visit Rome a few days beforehand. For those of you who have been, could you offer any insights?

    In Rome, we'd be looking for a clean, moderately-priced place to stay that's pretty close to public transportation. Also, any good restaurant tips, or any other info you'd like to share would be much appreciated.

    Bucharest will be a busy week for me, so any general thoughts about the city and perhaps some things to do there if I get a little free time would be nice.

    Thanks for any thoughts and tips, guys!
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    Sep 13, 2009 2:54 AM GMT
    Dude,

    I wrote this great msg. and somehow deleted it! Damn.....

    www.hotelpapagermano.com

    My straight bud and I stayed at this hotel near the main train station. Decent price, etc. Courtesy computer, breakfast, sink in room, rest in hall. Probably a working class neighborhood but we had no hassles around there....only around St. Pete's.

    Subway a few blocks away tho' Rome's not like Paris where the metro's everywhere, it's limited, so plan on walking a lot or figuring out the buses.

    You can see the highlights of Rome in a few days but my recommendation for a little off beat one is when at St. Peter's, take the option to go to the roof/dome. It's a somewhat surreal landscape up there, the backsides of the great statues you've seen from the piazza below and funny, little chimneys all about. But do walk up the curving staircase between Michelangelo's two domes to the cupola where you can see Rome 360, even into the private papal gardens. Back down on the roof, there's a cafe and gift shops run by really mean nuns ;-)

    Good luck, Enjoy!

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    Sep 13, 2009 4:29 AM GMT
    . . . in Rome, pedestrians need to be very careful . . . the traffic doesn't play by any rules that I can discern . . . when crossing a street, look both ways not once or twice, but at least thrice . . . it could save your life . . .

    . . . as for Bucharest, I had planned to go there during my Eastern European Tour but was told by fellow travellers that Romania was a country of thieves . . . so I skipped it . . .
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    Sep 13, 2009 6:10 AM GMT
    Wikitravel is an awesome website to reference when traveling anywhere in the world. It has great information on every city/country and includes info on hotels, transportation, recreation, tourist sites, etc. It's what I used a lot when I traveled the world on Semester at Sea. Check it out.
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    Sep 13, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
    noren said. . . in Rome, pedestrians need to be very careful . . . the traffic doesn't play by any rules that I can discern . . . when crossing a street, look both ways not once or twice, but at least thrice . . . it could save your life . . .

    . . . as for Bucharest, I had planned to go there during my Eastern European Tour but was told by fellow travellers that Romania was a country of thieves . . . so I skipped it . . .
    Thanks for the tips, man. Hopefully the folks in Bucharest can watch out for me there! haha I'll let you know how it goes one way or the other.
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    Sep 13, 2009 11:15 AM GMT
    a2507 saidDude,

    I wrote this great msg. and somehow deleted it! Damn.....

    www.hotelpapagermano.com

    My straight bud and I stayed at this hotel near the main train station. Decent price, etc. Courtesy computer, breakfast, sink in room, rest in hall. Probably a working class neighborhood but we had no hassles around there....only around St. Pete's.

    Subway a few blocks away tho' Rome's not like Paris where the metro's everywhere, it's limited, so plan on walking a lot or figuring out the buses.

    You can see the highlights of Rome in a few days but my recommendation for a little off beat one is when at St. Peter's, take the option to go to the roof/dome. It's a somewhat surreal landscape up there, the backsides of the great statues you've seen from the piazza below and funny, little chimneys all about. But do walk up the curving staircase between Michelangelo's two domes to the cupola where you can see Rome 360, even into the private papal gardens. Back down on the roof, there's a cafe and gift shops run by really mean nuns ;-)

    Good luck, Enjoy!

    Thanks, man. We booked the Nicolas Inn yesterday but we are still looking around a bit in case we see a better value emerge. I'll definitely pass the link off to my buddy though, along with the tips around the city - thanks for the insights! We're looking forward to it very much.
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    Sep 13, 2009 11:16 AM GMT
    musclelover529 saidWikitravel is an awesome website to reference when traveling anywhere in the world. It has great information on every city/country and includes info on hotels, transportation, recreation, tourist sites, etc. It's what I used a lot when I traveled the world on Semester at Sea. Check it out.
    Thanks, man! Sounds like a great resource. I'll check it out and pass it along.
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    Sep 13, 2009 12:03 PM GMT
    don't let any hot boyus talk you into visiting Slovakia and it's great hostels

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    Sep 13, 2009 12:15 PM GMT
    Lapinblanc saiddon't let any hot boyus talk you into visiting Slovakia and it's great hostels

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