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11/15/14 Constanta, Romania
After we ran through the cold and wind to get back on the ship, I warned Bruce that we probably wouldn't want to go on the 4 hour walking tour of Constanta, which is further north and forecast to be colder. We’d pay but we wouldn’t go. He said to try it out, that Gail would probably feel the same way, but that we should try it. In the end we might all pay $25 to go back into our beds!
Oh dear, what a sad place this is. After a lovely sea day travelling through the Dardenelles, Sea of Mamara, past Istanbul into the Bosphorus Strait and into the Black Sea, we ended up here this morning. We finally decided we better go ashore and see for ourselves the reports we had from previous visitors, and it unfortunately lived up to their dismal descriptions. Everything is ...
Ros and most of the passengers have left the ship for Transylvania and an overnight stay. I have opted to stay on board and to do the half day tour today. After seeing the crowd off on their long trip to Transylvania the 7 of us and two staff had a lovely morning seeing the old town of Constanta - a walk through the old city, visit to an archaeological museum - ...
... port. The mosaic floor is about 75% intact and is very impressive.
We then drove to Histria. This is the oldest settlement in Romania having been founded in 674 BC by the Greeks. Originally the Danube ran to the northeast, the Black Sea was to the south and a large lake was to the south. So there was ample fresh water and the town thrived. It was taken over by the Romans in 28 AD who expanded it and built ...
... we get the sense that he is very envious of the privileged life we live in Western countries. After a nice drive, we arrive at the river and board our boat. I'll just say our cruise thru the Delta is relaxing. There are over 200 species of birds to see here but, as you may well know, those little critters can be pretty evasive sometimes. We do see a couple of white swans from a distance and a few birds in the trees, but it's not exactly what ...