To be honest, Romania and Bulgaria were never high on my ‘must travel to’ list. However, as I crossed the border from Moldova into Romania, I was instantly taken back by its breathtaking beauty. Rolling hills of greenery, tiny colorful villages on cliff faces and rivers entwining their way through the hidden valleys.
Two countries I knew so little about, with images of gypsies wondering in sparkly clothes and flowing skirts, oh and of course vampires. I sat in cars hitchhiking as we drove our way winding through the towering mountains and green all around me. I sat in ore, the most beautiful countries I have ever visited flashing past me. Even getting dropped in the middle of a highway in Bulgaria and forced to walk 3km with my heavy backpack didn’t faze me with these surroundings. We walked through what felt like an enchanted forest, right next to a busy freeway and major city, with a river flowing on the other side of me.
Not only is the wildlife breathtaking, the capital of Romania, Bucharest, was one of the most beautiful cities I have visited. An old European town with cobbled streets, curvy and confusing with small cafes and restaurants. People sitting around enjoying the spring weather, drinking coffee and cocktails at all hours of the day and smiling in the sunshine.
The parks in Bucharest are the best I’ve ever seen, they’re incredibly large and a mini enchanted forest in the middle of a capital city. Lots of trees, fountains, hills and places to sit and admire the nature, exercise or have a picnic. I highly recommend all.
The street food is also incredible, there are small bakeries all through the towns with tasty fresh buns and rolls for really cheap. I sadly didn’t get enough time to explore more of these beautiful countries, but the short amount of time I had here made me eager to race back and see more.
There are little tourists in these two amazing countries, they’re cheap and just as, if not more, beautiful than the jam-packed tourist spots of popular Western Europe. If you’re planning a European holiday, definitely adventure east to either country, and you will not be disappointed.