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Trip Report: 6 Hour Layover in Bucharest, Romania? Visit Palace of the Parliament (Second Largest Building in the World)

Good afternoon everyone, I hope you enjoyed my post from yesterday: Trip Report: Visit Chisinau, Moldova & Transnistria (Breakaway State / Frozen Conflict Zone).  In today’s post, I am going to tell you what I did on my 6 hour layover in Bucharest, Romania.  My friend and I were flying from Chisinau, Moldova (KIV) to Sofia, Bulgaria (SOF) with a connection in Bucharest, Romania (OTP).  Since there were no nonstop flights between KIV and SOF, we intentionally built in a 6 hour layover in OTP so we could explore Bucharest.  We boarded our Tarom Airlines flight in the morning and I was excited since I never flew Tarom Airlines before (I like flying new airlines).  I’m not sure what type of aircraft it was, but the checked bags went right behind the cockpit and passengers boarded from the back of the plane.  The seats were pretty tight and I have never been on a plane that had economy seats facing backwards.  That must be a pretty interesting takeoff and landing experience.

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PSA: Most US Bank “Travel Cards” Charge FOREX Fees

Good morning everyone, I hope you had a great Father’s Day Weekend. As I mentioned a few days ago, I’m getting ready for my Greece and Malta vacation. As part of my packing process, I call my banks and credit card companies, tell them I’m traveling internationally, and ask them to put travel notifications on my cards. During my recent call to Discover, I “discovered” 3 surprising facts about using Discover credit and debit cards internationally. In today’s post, I discovered some disappointing information about using US Bank credit cards internationally.

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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Nice, France (Convenient Access to NCE Airport and Monaco)

Good afternoon everyone, here is my latest hotel review of the Radisson Blu Nice.  The hotel is conveniently located a short distance from the NCE Airport.  There are buses that run from the airport to a bus stop across the street from the hotel, but it was late and we decided to take an UberX for under €10.  Here are directions via Google Maps.

Google Maps Radisson Blu Nice

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(Massive Trip Report) Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, and Rome in 2 Weeks

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(Massive Trip Report) Amsterdam, Berlin, Vienna, and Rome in 2 Weeks

Good morning everyone!  Thanks to jet lag and time zones, I’m bringing you this massive trip report at 5AM PST.  Are you ready?  Let’s go!

  • US Airways: SFO-PHL-AMS-PHL-LAX (30,000 US Airways miles + taxes)
  • KLM: AMS-TXL, FCO-AMS (paid around $220 for both flights)
  • Air Berlin and Niki: TXL-VIE, VIE-FCO (4,500 Avios + taxes for each flight)

GC Map Euro Trip 2014

Read the entire trip report here.

(Hotel Review) Radisson Blu Rome (44,000 Club Carlson Points/Night)

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(Hotel Review) Radisson Blu Rome (44,000 Club Carlson Points/Night)

After a short, windy walk from Hotel De Monti (hotel review), we arrived at the Radisson Blu Rome.  It is right next to Termini Train Station.  I booked 2 nights at this hotel a few weeks ago with my Club Carlson points (planning/booking process).  After my stay last week at the Radisson Blu Amsterdam (hotel review), I didn’t know what to expect.

Radisson Blu Rome Map from Hotel De Monti

In the lobby, you can see the old Roman building that used to exist where the Radisson Blu is currently located.

Radisson Blu Rome Ancient Building

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