Cruising the Danube

Kongo returned a week ago from a two-week river and land tour through Central Europe to the areas on or near the River Danube. The Danube originates in Germany’s Black Forest and flows 2,872 kilometers to end in the Black Sea. Along the way it passes through four capitals (Kongo visited three of them) and ten countries. Kongo travelled from Budapest, Hungary to Regensberg, Germany and than went up the Rhine-Main canal to Nuremberg. There was a side trip to Salzburg and the final three days were in Prague which is not near the Danube at all. Everything else was on or within sight of the river.

The picture above was taken in Budapest looking up river on the Danube from the Buda side of the Danube. Despite the blue cast caused by late afternoon lighting and a bit of Photoshop, the Danube is not blue, despite the best musical intentions of Johann Strauss.

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Maria Theresa: Europe’s Mother-in-Law

Few people have had as much influence on modern European history as Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina, the only female who ruled the Hapsburg empire.  While touring central Europe on a river cruise Kongo got up close and personal with Maria Theresa.  Actually, you couldn’t help but get to know her since she had something to do with just about everything you could take a picture of from Budapest to Prague.  The picture above depicts Maria Theresa in Bratislava, which is now the capital of Slovakia. Continue reading “Maria Theresa: Europe’s Mother-in-Law”

Out and About in Budapest

Today was a out and about day in Budapest for Kongo. He visited Hero’s Square where Hungary honors its national heroes and the site of a massacre of Hungarian students by the Soviets in 1956, the Castle District in Buda, Saint Stephens Basilica, a walk along the Danube embankment, and a lot more. Another beautiful day. The skies in Budapest have a wonderful shade of blue and we learned that Hungary actually invented just about everything and that their trials in the 20th century were the result of “unfortunately being on the losing side.” No matter, it’s still a beautiful city. Continue reading “Out and About in Budapest”

Szia Budapest


Kongo makes it to Budapest via SAN-ATL-AMS-BUD. Long flights but landed at the destination in glorious weather. Kongo is staying at The Sofitel Chain Bridge in the heart of Budapest. After taking a quick nap he and Mrs. Kongo head out for a stroll up and down the embankment lining the Buda and Pest sides of the Danube. Budapest used to be two cities, Buda and Pest, which were officially jointed in the late 1800s. These pictures were taken from both the Buda and Pest sides of the river. In one of the photos the Danube actually looks blue but here’s a newsflash…the Danube is NOT blue.

Travel safe. Have fun.

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