Budapest to the Black Sea

Constanța, Romania

Early morning arrival at Cernavoda where guests disembarked to be taken to Constanța by coach - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
In some places the city limit of Constanța is marked by a preserved patrol boat - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
Constanța is a large city of nearly 300,000 dating back to Roman times and near the City Hall a statue of the she-wolf suckling Romulus and Remus is a reminder of the Roman connexion - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow

 The Ottoman influence is reflected in the nearby Grand Mosque of Constanța which is modelled on Turkey’s Seventeenth Century Konya Mosque. Another reminder of the Roman connexion is the statue of the Roman poet, Ovid, in the Square that bears his name - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow

The Romanian History Museum in Ovid Square devotes a whole floor to the communist era, but all the captions are in Romanian only - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow

The abandoned art nouveau Constanța Casino on the promenade.  This building dates from 1910 and operated for 38 years until 1948 when it was taken over by the communist government as a House of Culture until 1960 and abandoned in 1988 - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow

Another landmark on the promenade is the diminutive 8 metre tall Genoese lighthouse which was in use as an aid to navigation until 1910 - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow
Constanța Shipyard is one of the largest in Europe.  A popular tourist resort, Constanța has many luxury hotels with their own private beach on the Black Sea.  From Constanța, guests returned to Cernavoda to commence the return trip up the Danube as far as Melk in Austria - VIDEO CAPTURES Malcolm McCrow