River Cruise Day 4

River Cruise Day 4          Budapest to Bratislava              Overcast and warm

We woke to find ourselves quietly gliding along the Danube towards Bratislava in Slovakia this morning. 

Shortly after breakfast, we experienced our first lock – Gabcikovo, which is the largest lock of the 68 locks we will be travelling through on our way to Amsterdam.

Although we had experienced locks on the Thames River, we were not expecting anything of the magnitude of this particular lock!  Our boat, Artistry, is 127.4 metres long and 11.4 metres wide.  We shared the lock with two other boats of approximately the same length and width – one was next to us and the other was behind it.  The lock is actually 24 metres wide (do the math) and lifted our boats 12.2 metres to the next river level !  Needless to say, just about everyone was on deck to watch this amazing feat!

We spent the morning trying to get our photos posted to the gallery, with not a lot of success as Artistry was having trouble with her internet server.  We finally managed to get them posted late this afternoon.

We arrived in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia and situated at the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains, at about 12.45pm and were taken on a city tour for the afternoon.

The tour consisted of a drive through the city and up to a vantage point, where we were able to look out over the city, and then to the castle, which overlooks the Danube River, where we got some great photos.

From there, we were taken down to the Old Town and we went on a walking tour of the whole area.  We saw St Michael’s Gate, the Town Hall, Mirbach Palace, the gothic cathedral of St Martin, which we were allowed to go into and also to take photos.

We arrived back on the boat late afternoon and had plenty of time to have showers and get ready for our lovely Slovakian style dinner, where we sat with some lovely people:  Mary & Simon from Bermuda and Mavis and Trevor from New Zealand.

After dinner, we moved into the lounge, where we were entertained by 5 lovely young local ladies who call themselves Aphrodite – violin, viola, cello, flute and piano – absolutely wonderful – they played extracts from famous movies and musicals, as well as some old favourites.

We have just slipped our moorings and are off to Vienna – can’t wait!!


2 Responses to “River Cruise Day 4”

  1. Katharine says:

    Hi Mum and Dad
    Sounds like you two are having a ball. The piccy’s are great.
    Have fun
    Love Katharine (and Steve too)

  2. Maria Hughes says:

    Hi – have a wonderful time in beautiful Vienna and enjoy the concert – all fine here, lots of love from all in Leetonxxx

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