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Aug 17, 2017 - Costanta, Romania

The Danube has had very low water levels this year, such that we were unable to sail into the Black Sea port of Constanta, our original destination for disembarkation. Instead, we berthed the next morning in Fetesti, Romania. From there, we drove by bus to Constanta and our first sight of the Black Sea. As we were leaving the village of Fetesti, I saw some older local women dressed in bright skirts, headscarves, and beads. I don’t know whether these women were Roma, aka Gypsies, but I do know that one minute later our Romanian guide, Zoran,...

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Nov 9, 2014 - Train to Constanta

Today's adventure was traveling from Bucharest to Constanta on the coast of the Black Sea. Much of the day was spent on the train watching the scenery go by. I don't know the exact speed of the train but we were passing almost all of the cars on the highways. So, I'm guessing we were going about 70mph. Much faster than any trains in the U.S., except for the Acella. Once we left Bucharest, the scenery quickly changed to rural. Almost all of the land was plowed and planted or in use as pasture for cows or goats. I was not able to identify any...

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Balkans 2014

May 3, 2013 - Day 11- Sailing thru the canal to Constanza, Romania

We actually arrived in Seimeni (near Cernavoda) sometime during the night and tied up until morning. About breakfast time (7AM) we started moving towards the Danube-Black Sea canal. It was super foggy – like “pea soup” and the top deck was very wet – maybe it rained overnight – so Wendy had a little difficulty sitting up top (with puddles in the chairs)! So she reluctantly went to the lounge – which is also at the front of the ship – so she could watch our progress. The windows too were a little wet – so she asked someone (Dragon who is the...

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Jul 2, 2012 - Rund Schwarzes Meer: Odessa-Donaudelta-Constanta (Rumänien)

Nachdem wir von den Behörden grünes Licht erhalten haben, verlassen wir den Hafen Odessa am frühen Nachmittag in südwestlicher Richtung. Für die ca. 90 Seemeilen bis nach Sulina, dem ersten Hafen in Rumänien, schalten wir wiederum eine Nachtfahrt ein. In Sulina mündet einer der schiffbaren Donau-Kanäle, der „Bratul Sulina", ins Schwarze Meer. Schon seit dem Morgengrauen sehen wir den Tower auf einem weit ins Meer hinausreichenden Leitdamm. Wir bergen bei der Ansteuerungsboje die Segel und fahren unter Maschine in der ausgebaggerten...

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Jun 16, 2011 - On the riverboat at last

This entry is in two parts: 15th June: We left the hotel at Bucharest and had a city tour which included the square where the revolution of 1989 occurred. Our guide was actually in that revolution up-rising and described some of the terrible but brave things that happened to the Romanian people. We visited the Palace Parliament which is like a huge museum of well kept beautiful huge rooms. The Palace of Parliament has been considered to be the 2nd largest building built in the world. They commenced building it in 1982. One of the carpet...

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Nov 25, 2006 - Black Sea, Romania

We planned to do more touring in the mountain area in Romania, but the lack of campsites and freezing temperatures were getting us down (to put it mildly). We decided to drive straight over to the Black Sea in hopes the weather would be milder and that we may find some open campsites. We were right on both accounts! We drove across to Constanţa that is the largest town on the Black Sea and then north to Mamaia that is like every resort town you find from Mexico to Spain to Hawaii: long stretches of glorious sand, three-storey cement block...

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Feb 19, 2005 - Living it up in Bucharest.

So yesterday we just chilled out recoverying from the night before. There is a great little coffee shop just down the street that we sat at for a couple hours. Later we went out to dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant and headed out to another club a little after midnight. It was a smaller club packed tight, but evryone was dancing and singing. Something that would never happen in the U.S. The funny part was when they played "I Will Survive" and EVERYONE was singing along. It felt like I was in a club in the Seventies! We decided to...

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