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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Iron Gate Dam along the Danube River


If you remember a month ago I started posting about my river cruise along the Danube. With pictures and notes, I shared my visit to Bucharest, Romania, Varda, Bulgaria, and the Black Sea. 

Next we crossed the Iron Gate Dam and encountered three sets of locks along the Danube. The River ship crawled into the locks. The water level was raised to allow the ship to cross to the high level of the river, and then the lock closed behind us and the water level lowered. A fascinating procedure we experienced three times during the same day. The longest locking procedure lasted and hour and a half. We were all on deck watching with amazement. I have seen the same type of locks while crossing the Panama Canal. 

Along the way, we discovered remarkable stone statues from the Neolitihic era of Lepenski Vit, indicating that the area has been inhabitated for at least 8000 years. One of the oldest settlement in Europe.

Here is a huge cliff carving of the Dacian king Decabalus who fought the romans and preferred death to submission.

One can still see the the remains of the Trajan Bridge, the first Roman bridge built over the Lower Danube. Above is a picture of the Tabula Trajana or Trajan's Tablet, the only part that remains of a fortress that was covered by the Danube waters.

Years ago someone sculpted a huge egg. For some reasons --I don't remember the story--it ended here along the River and remained for centuries.
The 84-mile Iron Gate is one of Europe's most impressive gorges. One of the narrowest stretches we had to crossed to go from Romania on the right and Bulgaria on the left, to Serbia.  The river carved this narrow passeway between the Carpathian Mountains and the Balkan Mountains.
The Miracula Church

Stay tune for a visit to Novisad and Belgrade in Serbia, followed by Budapest and Vienne.



And here is my first self-published, contemporary romance
NO MORE LIES that will soon be available at amazon.com as Kindle for only $0.99!!!!!!!!!!

A lie that brings a smile, or a truth that draws a tear.

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Mona Risk writes a charming story. Keeping the reader entertained with the twists and turns in the plot.
The Long And The Short Reviews~.4.5 Books. Nominated for Best Book of The Week.
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If the rest of the books in this string is of this caliber, Ms Risk will find herself with a very successful series on her hands.
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14 comments:

Maggie Toussaint said...

I love getting to travel with you, Mona. The river, the sculptures, the buildings, and the canal locks - those are all things I never would have seen otherwise. I thank you for sharing them with me.

Kudos on your new book - I LOVE the cover!

Maggie

StephB said...

Wow, Mona, I'm breathless! Gorgeous pictures and such rich history. You know I write about this part of the world in my novels, and this all new to me! It was a wonderful way to discover the legends of the Danube. Thank you so much for sharing. When I write book 3 of the Moldavian Moon series, I'm going to give you a shout out!

Smiles
Steph

Mona Risk said...

Hi Maggie, this area is really gorgeous. Cruising the Danube was probaly my most memorable trip, after my visit to Egypt and the Holy Land. I am so happy to share it with my friends.

Mona Risk said...

Steph, this area is so rich in history. Wait till you see the pictures of Novisad. You visited Budapest so you can understand my awe. Thank you for the shout-out. I am so honored.

Anonymous said...

Love the pictures, Mona. I hope I can take the same trip one day.

Debbie Andrews

Christine Warner said...

Thanks for allowing me to feel like I took a mini vacation too! Spectacular pictures.

Congrats on your book...sounds terrific!

Mona Risk said...

Hi Debbie, so glad you like the pictures.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Christine, everyone of my books is an armchair trip to a special place. Thank you for visiting with me.

Lilly Gayle said...

I love your blog and the beautiful pictures and fun trips you share. Thanks for letting me visit through your words and photos.

Mona Risk said...

Hi Lilly, any time! I love sharing my trips. I take pictures with all my friends in mind.

Sarah Paul said...

Amazing how simple it can be to communicate with people and have them understand a certain topic,you made my day.

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