September 13th, 2006 – by: nonna
Running on board ship . . . there was only one person doing it.
Scenic cruising to mouth of Danube
More great weather today for cruising the Cernavoda Canal. My husband decided to exercise and he ran a mile by doing laps around the deck. None of the rest of us participated. . . or were even tempted.
The canal from Constanta to the Danube is a shortcut to the Black Sea that cuts 200 miles off the trip. The true mouth of the Danube and the extensive Danube Delta is north of Constanta. Today we are backtracking thru this canal to get back to the Danube. Since we came thru before at night, this is the first time we’ve actually seen what it looks like.
look closely - this homesite has horses, boats and tents
The canal and the Danube
are almost deserted.
There is very little barge traffic, no pleasure boats or other cruise ships and only a few fishing boats pulled up on the banks.
Even the shores are mostly deserted.
I’m fascinated by the few camps that we see and can’t imagine what life must be like for the people who live there.
There always seems to be a row boat or two, a horse or donkey and a small garden.
Rarely there will be a dirt road into the camp. Later I'm told that the reason so few people live along the river is the lack of amenities and the bandits. Bandits!!!!!
We sit on the boat deck and watch the river and the trees go by until its time for dinner. I discover a coffee machine that delivers café au lait on demand. The difference between my life and the people on shore is surreal.