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Traveling Along the Danube River

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tom & carolOur trip on the Danube River continued with our full day of sailing taking us through the Iron Gates lock system.

The scenery on the Danube has changed dramatically with lots of cliffs and mountains along the river. The Danube used to be a treacherous river to navigate until the late 60’s early 70’s when the Djerdap Dam was constructed to control the over flow of the Danube and make the river more navigable.

The double lock system holds large vessels or four of the river passenger boats. Were were in the lock with another boat. The whole process takes about 45 minutes. The water levels change close to 100 meters when all is said and done. The dam was a joint venture with Serbia and Bulgaria and there are locks on both sides of the Danube, which is very wide at this part of the river.

We arrived early the next morning in Belgrade Serbia, the capital of Serbia. This ancient city dates back to the Roman times and the first stop on our city tour was to a very nice park located along the Sava River, which runs into the Danube.

In this park the Belgrade Kalemegdan fortress lines the edge of the park over looking the river. The bottom base of part of the fortress is the remains of a Roman fortress, also built here. The city tour took us around to the large, stone buildings in the city, modeled much like the buildings in Bucharest and other Eastern European cities.

We also stopped by the St. Sava Cathedral, an Orthodox Christian church. It has a strong resemblance in outside design to the Haja Sophia in Istanbul. The church is under a 10 year project to repair and upgrade the inside of the church.

After a short break, our bus continued into the outskirts of Belgrade to take part in a Serbian Village Feast put on at the home of the Tosic family. Three generations of their family run the small farm and this “cottage” industry. The family has built a very nice restaurant in back of their home. We were treated to a great lunch featuring all kinds of traditional Serbian foods and dishes, such as Serbian spicy sausage, cheese pie, chicken paprikash and lots of vegetable dishes. We were also treated to a sampling of the plumb brandy and pear brandy, extremely potent stuff. Traditional music was provided by members of the family and friends.

Our group then visited the small farm and the traditional gift items made by the family. Back on the river boat this evening, we will be treated to a performance of traditional Serbian singing and dancing.

Our boat sets sail late tonight for Novi Sad Serbia, a university town, then on to another small Croatian town, Vukovar. Everyone stay safe and healthy.

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