September 12th, 2006 – by: nonna
Constanta harbor on the Black Sea
Again no internet upload from the memory stick but more nice people, interesting architecture and churches and good food. We keep tasting the wine. . . . and are collecting a lot of change in the local currencies.
Constanta is Romania’s main port on the Black Sea. Strangely, we didn’t see much shipping on the river and there were idle cargo cranes standing in the harbors. The Romanian Navy appears to be based in Constanta and there were about 6 ships in the old Roman harbor. Romania takes its name from “Roman” and they say their language is the closest living language to Latin. I have no way to disprove that and Trish and I entertained ourselves by trying to read street signs.
Great weather today and the beach here looks almost Mediterranean with a casino near the sand and blue water stretching out to puffy white clouds.
Church behind the Tomis Mall in Constanta, Romania
We all touched the water - how could you miss touching the Black Sea
? - and went on to the Archeological Museum
It had the objects you would expect from a former Roman fortress and the following accumulation of years of occupation by many other cultures.
Sort of a fascinating old attic where you don’t know what might have been left in the next room.
Again I was surprised by the charm of the town - either the Communists didn’t get around to massive “redecoration” or the Romanian wine and sunny beach won us over. Constanta has a shopping mall, the Tomis Mall, which has 3 floors of small shops selling European clothes and sundries, and a grocery store with Romanian wine. You know where we went.
Later we walked along the esplanade looking at the local housing styles and found a church with beautiful mosaics. It’s been a very pleasant day.
I forgot to mention yesterday that the tour director requested a minute of silence to honor the memory of 9/11. It was a considerate thing to do for a boat full of Americans