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The abandoned casino on the Black Sea shore of Constanta, Romania

It was a bright, shiny, sunny day as we headed for Constanta on the Black Sea coast of Romania…

…over the River Danube…

…complete with a monument to the nuclear power plants and atomic energy…

These are fascinating – a Romania design to protect the shore…

…and the purpose of our visit – the now abandoned Constant Casino, originally built in 1880 – and even used as a hospital during WWI.

If you look back to the Peles Castle post, you can find reference to Carmen Sylva and the incredibly sad story…

These two were part of a film crew for Romania’s national television network – they interviewed us, and we ended up on the nationally-broadcast evening news…

After exploring more of Constanta, we stopped for lunch…

…and then off to the port to collect a wind turbine Adrian had ordered from China…

Yes, this building was our destination!

…complete with a dead bird in the tree!

…but thankfully, we survived, unlike the bird, and were then on our way back toward Bucharest…

…going past literally thousands and thousands of cars that apparently are destined for absolutely nowhere…………

…and back safe and sound…

~ Bella

Our next destination is Snagov Monastery, located on an island at the northern end of Snagov Lake... ...but first a short detour to another monastery... ...and a bite of lunch... This is my friend, Adrian... ...and it's a good thing Adrian knew where he was going - finding this place…
Time to depart... Poor Bethany - at one point there was a luggage avalanche, but we saved her just in time...  🙂 My Romanian friend and driver, Adrian. We were travelling through the Carpathian Mountains and then Transylvania on what was originally a road built by the Romans... This fort…

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