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On the Danube Delta

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The Romanian navy turns out to greet us

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First view of the Black Sea

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Our mooring at St.George

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Horse & cart and reed thatched houses at St.George

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Setting out to explore the waterways & lagoons of the Delta

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A reed and black alder fringed waterway

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Ancient boats at a disused caviar fishery

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Amadeus Symphony seen properly for the first time

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Small boats at St.George

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In Bulgaria this morning we visited this ancient church with amazing wall paintings.  You can see damage caused by an earthquake.  The fortifications are one of three fortresses of this town which was the capital of medieval Bulgaria.  The ancient street is where the artisan shops can be found.  Later we crossed the border into Rumania and there caught up with our boat.

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The Iron Gate Gorge

We stay on the ship all day today as we pass through this amazing gorge.  We saw the pretty monastery, the emperor’s head carved in the cliff and passed through some enormous locks, combined with dams.  We enjoyed a  Balkan Lunch complete with pig.  The weather is superb, suitable for sun bathing!

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Belgrade

In this capital city of Serbia we visited our first Orthodox Church, dedicated to St.Mark, wonderful mosaics and we mingled with worshippers on Sunday morning.  We had a short walk to a cafe and then there was a visit to the Fortress.  From the coach we enjoyed the mosaics outside the zoo.

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Vukovar

This little Croatian town was besieged and devastated during the so-called “aggression” of the 1990 – the war with Serbia.  The Church was virtually destroyed, but now rebuilt. The water tower and one house have been left damaged as a dreadful reminder.

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Budapest

These represent a tour around this fascinating city, wonderful architecture on both sides of the, Buda and Pest!  We had some Hungarian gypsy musicians and dancers after dinner, then an evening cruise with a great view of the illuminated parliament building.

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