On Cruising the River Danube: Part 4 of 4

This is the last installment about the cruise we took on the Danube River this past summer. It was a fabulous trip. Besides recommending it, we look forward to our next river cruise (whenever and wherever it may be).

When moving downriver from Germany, changes in socio-economics in easily seen. Especially in Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania. However, these countries also offer many wonderful sights to visit. This part travel from Belogradchik to Bucharest


Belogradchik, Bulgaria

Located atop the foothills of the Balkan Mountains, Belogradchik is a small town with two unexpected sites: interesting natural rock formations (Belogradchik Rocks) and an ancient fortress built within the rocks (Belogradchik Fortress).

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Cetate, Romania

Describing our several hours in Cetate is difficult. Listening to the poet who was a dissident during Romania’s Communist era was enlightening. To me, the part of Cetate that we saw felt like a commune – but it isn’t. They grow many of their own crops, nurture their own livestock, make wine from their organic groups, and promote their own art. Here’s Cetate’s website.

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Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

We spent the day on a bus trip into Bulgaria from Rousse. As the City of the Tsars, Veliko Tarnovo is home to castle of Bugarian kings. After lunch, we hiked up to the castle for wonderful views of the city and surrounding region.

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Arbanassi, Bulgaria

Located above Veliko Tarnovo, Arbanassi is a village with an old church that has unique frescos. Because photography was not permitted inside the Church of the Nativity of Christ, click here for a link to Google Images search result.


Bucharest, Romania

After disembarking the ship in Oltenita, Bucharest is about a 90-minute bus ride. As Romania’s capital and largest city, Bucharest is busy. To me, it’s a big city without much to offer. Sure their is the second largest Parliament building in the world, the Avenue of the Fountains, old palace, and a vibrant Old Town sector, but our highlight was the food tour we took in the evening through a local neighborhood.

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Hope you enjoyed the 4-post trip down the River Danube. I don’t know if I’ll return to Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania, but I’m very glad that I got there at least once.

Previous Posts

Part 1 (Prague to Linz)
Part 2 (Melk to Budapest)
Part 3 (Budapest to Iron Gates Gorge)

61 thoughts on “On Cruising the River Danube: Part 4 of 4

  1. Such an interesting trip Frank. I always enjoy it when I learn something on a vacation – and this cruise seems like I would not only relax and enjoy the luxury of the ship, but also see some cultural history.

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    • Colline,
      Absolutely … especially in the lower Danube region. I never imagined visiting Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania – and I found them interesting! FYI: This is the 4th of the 4-part series, Parts 2 & 3 are adjacent … part 1 is after the Opinions in the Shorts … so I invite you to visit the other parts of the trip.


    • Eilene,
      This trip had a good mix of stops. Something for everyone. Vienna, Budapest, Bucharest, and Prague are busy … Bratislava a lower-key city … Melk, Durnstein, Belogradchik, and others are small … Cetate is tiny! Seems like you are one of many enjoying the rocks! 🙂

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  2. I enjoyed going over your 4-part River Danube post, but haven’t decided yet on my favorites from the many wonderful photos and site descriptions. Thanks for sharing the trip in such detail!

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  3. Wow wow wow! Outstanding post, Frank. I’m a bit green, I must admit. To be able to see that part of the world and soak up its history up close and personal, just fantastic!! Those rocks formations and the fortress itself blew me away. Just loved this and I thank you for putting together such a complicated post!

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    • AmyRose,
      Those two stops in Bulgaria were a huge surprise. Well, I admit knowing very little about it. Like all of Europe, so much history in this region – and for most of us, probably history we have no idea about. Glad you enjoyed Belogradchik Rocks!

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      • I must admit, this part of the world I know nothing about. I can’t tell you how long I looked at your pictures, as I tried to incorporate into my mind the fact that this was a part of the world I am looking at. It is just so foreign and even the names I’ve never heard of. As for the history, much suffering this part of the world has seen, suffering we don’t know about and what we do, most likely has been written according to someone’s slant of what actually happened. I again thank you for sharing what you did. It makes me realize how much I have to be grateful for. I hope you have recovered from your jet lag. Not sure if I could travel like that any more. Uh uh!

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        • Oh yes … so much we don’t know about, including the suffering. It is important to remember that people/places/things that we’ve never heard of have a special role in the life of others. After all, they probably don’t know about Valley Forge – and I wouldn’t expect them too.

          I can’t remember if you saw them or not, but if you didn’t, go back to parts 1, 2, and 3 for the rest of the journey.

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        • Frank, I know I viewed 1 and 2. Not sure about 3. I’ll make sure I go back to see when I can. Today has been a whirlwind. I’m trying to answer some comments before I shut things down here. Some days ….. whew!!!
          I am fascinated by the way about learning about parts of this world I really didn’t even know exist. Truly!


        • Thank you!! The time I’ve been blogging, 7 years (I think!) my attitude has been, this is just not about me. I make it a point not only to answer the comments, but to go to that person’s blog to read and comment on their latest pot. For those who like my posts, I do attempt to get to their blogs as well, and like their latest post, not actually reading it (don’t like admitting that but I am just one person) to let them know I’m not ignoring them. Blogging is huge with the numbers of people that come to my blog, and is challenging especially with the life I have. I’m in the midst of caring for not only 3 of our girl baby cats who are going downhill and in need of 1-on-1 care, but all other babies who require assistance and know when to give them assistance. To be facing the fact we will be loosing 3 of our babies soon, almost destroys me. I turn to my camera and here, (mostly) for the balance I require to keep me sane.
          Didn’t see that one coming, did you, Frank? The words just poured out. Not sure if you knew the big piece of pie I’m involved in with my life (there are other pieces too). Have a great weekend. I need the forest! xo

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        • We view blogging in the same light. Cheers to us and others like us!

          Oh my my … the care for those baby kittens in need. The time … the stress .. the potential for loss … that’s quite the burden. Cheers to your efforts and strength. Stay strong!

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        • I know you are new to my blog, Frank, so you don’t know our cats are special needs. And lately, due to age, etc. …. it’s been very challenging and makes for very intense long days. I’m staying strong, on all levels. If I fall apart, everyone and everything around me does and that I will not allow. Not on my watch! Bless you for your encouragement!! I love my family and when they are struggling, both Hubby and I do our best to keep them happy and stable.

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  4. My comment may sound a little frivolous, but I’m sincere. It takes quite a bit of education prior to traveling to this region just to keep all these sites straight. The geography isn’t exactly on the tip of most of our tongues. I’d be thrilled to have a chance to travel and learn as I go! 🙂


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