The Last & Best Of

Last day of travel. Not sure if I am feeling sad that it is over, or excited to go home. I suppose it is a little bit of both. Today was spent walking the city of Bucharest (literally…we trekked about ten miles). We ventured to a park on the outskirts of the city that is home to the National Village Museum. There are more than 60 original houses, farmsteads, windmills, watermills and churches on the property from all of Romania’s historic regions: Transylvania, Oltenia, Dobrogea and Moldavia and spanning from the 17th-19th century. Unfortunately, due to the time of year, the majority of the houses were closed (everything is staged during the peak seasons), but it was still interesting to walk around and see what traditional housing and living in Romania looked like.

That took up the better part of the day. After that we went to the closest restaurant for lunch: Hard Rock Bucharest. We got drunk and spent about as much as we have the last two weeks on alcohol and burgers. We bought T-shirts and a onesie for Ada. Then we trekked back to the Old Town and had one last meal and beverage, before coming back to the house to pack and relax.

Since this is our last post, we have decided to do a flashback superlative-style of all our destinations this trip. Here they are:

Best City at Night: Prague

Best Christmas Markets: Munich

Most Child-Friendly (and Smoker-Friendly) City: Vienna

Most Historical Diversity : Budapest

Scariest People: Turda

Best Citadel and Friendliest Citizens: Alba Iulia

Best Old Town Square: Sibiu

Creepiest Town: Sighisoara

Best Big Little Town and Most Probable Place We’d Buy A House: Brasov

Most Eclectic City: Bucharest

Overall my favorite memories looking back are wandering around Prague at night, the mulled wine and the pork knuckles in Munich, the bathhouse in Budapest, the world’s oldest zoo in Vienna, and the authenticity of Romania. I am very grateful we had the chance to do the trip as the three of us, and I look forward to describing it to Ada as she grows older and enjoys looking at the photos.

Thank you, dear reader, for following along and joining us on this adventure. May there be many more in store, for all of us. The complete pictorial gallery, for all of our 2017 European travels, is here.