Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try!

Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try. Bucharest is nothing like I imagined...get ready for an amazing experience! My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog
Beautiful Park Scene

When I decided to go to Romania, accepting a place in the Experience Bucharest initiative, I wasn’t sure what to expect. In fact I knew nothing of the country except that it is a former communist nation but has experienced democracy since 1989. And, of course, it’s the home of Dracula. I teamed up with Experience Bucharest to discover just what this city had to offer. But before I arrived, I had many preconceived notions.

Would the people be kind and welcoming or would they be hardened by years of oppression under the communist regime? 

Would I be able to relate to the people…and explore freely?

Would I be alright exploring as a gay man?

Would I be attacked in my sleep by a vampire?

Misconceptions Destroyed

When it came down to it, all of my doubts were for nothing. Bucharest is an incredible place filled with beautiful contrasts. It’s a city in transition…a transition you’ll witness across the city. On the one hand, the city has beautiful historic buildings and stark communist-era structures while on the other there are cranes everywhere with new construction happening on the daily. The city is modernizing yet it holds a certain charm which fascinates me and captured my heart. Not only is the city under a transition to work its way into today’s modern world, it’s filled with art and beautiful architecture. Experience Bucharest gave me the opportunity to explore the city’s abandoned gems, street art, and incredible monuments. Along the way, I explored many inspiring churches which you’ll miss if you don’t pay attention.

A Place Is Only As Good As Its PeopleExperience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try. Bucharest is nothing like I imagined...get ready for an amazing experience! My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog

Now, parks, buildings, street art, and history is great but you know what really defines a place? It’s people, of course! And the people of Bucharest are some the kindest I have met. At no point did I feel particularly threatened or unwelcome. There were plenty of moments when I needed to ask for directions and such and no one ever seemed annoyed that I approached them. Heading into a local joint to have a bite of lunch was a breeze and the staff always kept their patience when dealing with us non-Romanian speakers. Not only that, but the Bucharesti people definitely know how to party. They’ll share a shot of something alcoholic and in heartbeat you’ll be part of an amazing kiki where not everyone understands each other but everyone is having a blast.

Plenty to Explore

One thing I wasn’t really sure about was exactly what there is to see and do in Bucharest. But never fear…like any part of the world, there is always something to do or see. It’s really that simple. Experience Bucharest showed me that all I need to do is leave my hotel room, walk around, and something will present itself. The city is literally filled with parks. There’s even one which is lovingly called the Bucharest Delta…like what? Its parks are definitely worth exploring. On top of this, there are multiple companies that are eager to help you have the best time in Bucharest. Here are a few tours I highly recommend.

Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try. Bucharest is nothing like I imagined...get ready for an amazing experience! My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog1) Beautiful Decay Tour

This tour is pretty amazing because it allows you to explore some of Bucharest’s abandoned places…legally. That’s right, get ready to head into some pretty cool, old places that are falling into disrepair due to the city’s communist past, legal issues, or such. You’ll start to understand the city’s history, see incredible artwork, and take part in some urban exploration. The photo opportunities are top and I really loved this tour because it’s always fun to explore old, abandoned places.

Check out the website here: https://interestingtimes.ro/beautiful-decay/

2) Tour by Bike

Slow Tours offers a pretty laid back bike tour throughout the city’s Old Town as well as some of the parks. It’s a great way to see all the major points, get a bit of exercise in, and not walk. I really enjoyed this tour because I like to ride a bike and it’s fun to zoom about the city while learning about all its major attractions.

Check out the website here: http://romania.slow-tours.com/

3) Garlic, Garlic, Garlic

If you’re like me and think there is never too much garlic in food then this tour is for you. It’s a culinary journey through history as you learn why garlic is so important to the Romanians and what role its played in the countries history. You’ll enjoy a pretty big meal of garlic themed foods so prepare your appetite! My Secret Romania also offers a plethora of other tours for any taste or activity level.

Check out the website here: http://mysecretromania.com/

Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try. Bucharest is nothing like I imagined...get ready for an amazing experience! My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog
Being silly with this excellent chef in Bucharest!
4) Do It Like a Local
Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try. Bucharest is nothing like I imagined...get ready for an amazing experience! My Normal Gay Life Travel Blog
Biking around Bucharest is the best!

You know what they say: “When in Romania..” Oh wait, wrong place but my advice to any traveler is to figure out what the locals do then do it. Simple, right?  Well, usually figuring this out can be a bit more difficult then you’d think. Luckily, you have a Romanian Friend waiting for you in Bucharest. That’s right, this small company caters to individual’s looking for an individualized experience at an extremely local level. I went to lunch and coffee

with the founder of the company and definitely had one of the most unassuming, authentic Romanian experiences. It as perfectly delicious! Not only that, but Romanian Friend ensures that your money is supporting the local economy no matter where you are in the country. When you visit a place, it’s nice to have a friend who will recommend the best. In Romania, you do.

Check out the website here: https://www.romanianfriend.com/

So what do you think, are your ready to Experience Bucharest yourself? Giving this Eastern European city a shot is definitely a good idea! 

Disclaimer: I received product and other services as a participant in the Experience Bucharest program. Despite this, all opinions are my own!

J Harvey

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Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try! My Normal Gay Life Blog


In 1987, I was born. I'm, naturally, trying to figure it all out. I intend to enjoy every adventure on this journey and am always looking to the future to try to predict where I am headed...but mostly I just enjoy the ride. Photographer, business owner, entrepreneur, agronomist, "chef," uncle, and husband are all terms that describe me. - October 10, 2014: Marriage equality arrived in North Carolina (home). - November 26, 2014: My husband asked me to marry him. - June 26, 2015: Marriage equality granted to all US citizens by SCOTUS. - October 3, 2015: I married my husband. These three life changing events really influenced the creation of this blog. With the advance of LGBT equality in the United States and the world, people have questions. People want to know how, exactly, does a gay relationship work. Sure, there are plenty of stereotypes which provide unsubstantiated "truth," but I think it is vital people really understand that our lives, our relationships, our love is no different then their heterosexual counterparts. In other words, My Normal Gay Life is the chronicling of one normal individual's life (MINE!) who happens to be gay. I hope to demonstrate to the world that LGBT people are no different than heterosexual people. I'm just a normal person and I want my readers to understand my normal. About 90% of what I write is dedicated to travel because, frankly, travel is an important part of my life. The other 10% is focused on my relationship, friendships, career, business, art, sex, and troubles. But travel is definitely the most important part! Think of it as a continuous dribble of stuff that makes my life. I hope you enjoy the ride!

5 thoughts on “Experience Bucharest: 4 Tours You Should Try!

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  • June 5, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Nice to meet you Jose and glad you liked our city! You have to come back for a visit in the countryside, you’ll be blown away!

    Your Romanian Friend

    • June 7, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Oh for sure! I can’t wait to get back and explore the rest of the country. 🙂

  • May 27, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Really happy to read all this nice thoughts.
    Happy to have you in our city!

    • June 2, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      I can’t wait to go back and Experience Romania!!


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