Palace of the Parliament – Bucharest, Romania © 2014 Peter Marble September 29, 2013 – With 3.77 million square feet, it is the world's second-largest administrative building after the Pentagon. Another claim to fame is that in 1992 Michael Jackson is said to have stood on one of its balconies overlooking Nicolae Ceaușescu’s version of the Champs Elysees and addressed a large crowd by saying, “Hello Budapest!”.
On our last stop in Romania, it absolutely poured both days in Bucharest. Not to mention that the entire experience totally creeped us out – from what we presumed was the mafia boss doing business in the restaurant in our hotel, to the cabby who couldn’t make change for the equivalent of a fiver, to the hotel room door that wasn’t locked when we returned after having carefully made sure we had locked it on the way out.
Thankfully on the second night we found a wonderful nearby wine shop. The proprietor spent a good 45 minutes discussing which wine would go best with the bread and cheese we had picked up for dinner.