Balkans cruise from Budapest to the Black Sea

Trip Start Jan 01, 2014
Trip End Dec 31, 2014

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Flag of Hungary  , Budapest,
Wednesday, September 15, 2004

This one was relatively easy to prepare because I copied most of this travelogue from my photo album of this journey from Budapest to Bucharest.   I'll post the pictures and decide whether I need to add more commentary.   Also, you can see a bigger picture by clicking on it. 


Budapest is great for walking.  Not only in the castle district, but in the promenade area.
This was my second visit to this city, and have visited again some years later.   I never tire of Budapest, because even the familiar places I've visited before seems to take on new character from expanding my exploration to other streets and businesses.   I hope to visit Budapest again sometime in the future, because an able2know member lives there, and I missed him on my last visit.  

A good restaurant:


The east side of Croatia seems to be much different than the western coast of Croatia that hugs the Adriatic Sea.   I would like to do a tour of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea one of these days, and include a visit to Zagreb.

Our one port stop in Croatia was a full day of activities with visits to
Vukovar and  Osijek.  We visited the downtown ares of both cities, visited an open marketplace, a fortress, and a private home for a hosted dinner.


We visited the port city of Novi Sad and Belgrade in Serbia.  We had the opportunity to visit Tito's mausoleum and tomb.  

Towards Ruse, Bulgaria:
There are many great sites on the Danube from Budapest to the Black Sea.  These are just a few of what we saw.

In addition to Veliko Tarnovo, I have also visited Bulgaria on another tour called "The Footsteps of Alexander the Great" some years later.   It's interesting to see a country like Bulgaria from different perspectives and expectations.  

I'm not sure why this picture titled "valeko tarnovo appears twice, because there is only one posting for it. 

Constanta (by the Black Sea):

As can be seen from the architecture in Bucharest, many of the Russian-style architecture remains prominent in this country. 
While our tour group walked in the downtown area of Bucharest, one of the members in our group who had a backpack later saw that his backpack was open by a knife or razor and some of his things gone.  



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