Wednesday 27 May 2015
Day four of our cruise down the Danube
Still in monochrome, I woke early and photographed this imposing
.... and, looking astern, spotted the medieval fortress at Golubac
It's a good job I woke up - I nearly missed it!
After the Lord Mayor's Show - comes............ the Cement Works
The morning was cold and misty as we approached the Iron Gates Gorge
Everyone still snoozing.
The Mesolithic archaeological site at Lepenski Vir
on the Serbian side of the river.
More modern architecture.
That is some interesting geology !
Approaching the narrowest part of the Gorge.
Looking aft (I know all the nautical terms!).
Navigation station on the right bank.
Mraconia Monastery on the Romanian side.
The monastery was rebuilt after the old one was flooded when the
dams were built.
Rock sculpture of Decebalus
king of the Dacians
Looking back at the monastery.
The plaque to Roman Emperor Trajan
- who had
built across the Danube at this point.
Huge memorial to Josip Broz
overlooking the Iron
Gates I Dam
Entering the first lock ......
.... the rear gates close....
... water is pumped out.....
.... and down we go.
The front gate opens into the second lock......
.... which we enter......
... and after a drop of 27 metres, we are on our way again.
Some miles later we approach the Iron
... where we enter a single lock this time.
The rear gate closes...... the water goes down....
... and once the water is level, the front gate opens.