Along the Danube to Vienna Saturday, 9/27/14


Good morning on the Danube.

We are headed west, after making a hard left turn last night.  So, the sunrise at 6:30AM is behind the boat a little.

We experienced a river lock episode about 5AM.  There was a scratching sound in the pitch dark room – they told us to keep the blackout drapes closed, since you never know who might be next to your boat on the river.  When I got up to peek out the drapes, we were just finishing our lock experience…rising up above ground with lights blazing out there.

We will have a daylight one later in the day.


Here’s Nancy reading as we glide along the now-Slovakian river bank.

Then, another lock comes up just after lunch.  First, we are sunken way down, but just inches from the wall.  Here’s the view from our room.


Look how close.DSC_0227   DSC_0235

Our friends are in the ship’s Lounge, pretending everything is normal.


Then, we see the light again…and the grass, too.DSC_0243

DSC_0244Looking out the Lounge window at the bow…almost ready to roll on.

We  docked in Vienna about 3 hours early….at a place which was not near “city center”…so we stayed aboard and relaxed…what a concept!

DSC_0239We could have played chess on the upper deck, but it was a bit blustery for that.







So, as Nancy says to Marilyn, “Let’s take these guys to the room and make some whoopee.”










Into the city later tonight for a concert.

More later.


Lifelong Philadelphia area Realtor. Now a 13-year citizen of Sanibel, Florida. Married to Nancy for 54 years. Three children (2 in Devon; 1 in Steamboat Springs, CO) and 5 grandkids (1 in college/1 working). We are helping with charities involving poverty, kids and education. Helping to lead Captiva's Chapel by the Sea.

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