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Jul 27, 2012 - Vidin & Belogradchik

We first went to the town of Vidin and went to the castle where we were treated to a short play about the history of Bulgaria. The actors spoke in Bulgarian, but it had occasional narration in English. Basically it showed how Bulgaria was divided between 2 kings who fought each other and then both were conquered by the Ottomans who ruled for 7 centuries. We toured the castle a bit and then boarded the bus for Belogradchik, Bulgarian for "small white town". Belogradchik is located in the Stara Planina mountains, famous for its gigantic rock...

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Jul 26, 2012 - Cruising through the Iron Gates

Today was an all day cruise on the ship. We started out in Belgrade and ended in Vidin, Bulgaria, about 238 miles. We passed through the "Iron Gates" which are a beautiful set of gorges on the Danube between Serbia and Romainia. The banks of the Danube are lined with huge sheer rock cliffs that can be as high as 1600 feet. The gorges can be very narrow in some places and are tricky to maneuver. In the 1800's dangerous rocks were cleared from the river and some portions widened. But until 1973 ships still had to be pulled upstream by...

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