Page 2 of Jenohn Travel Blog Posts

Europe » Bulgaria » Vidin Province » Vidin May 10th 2013

Vidin, Bulgaria The “port” of Vidin is a good example of the failure of communist concrete. The Romans perfected concrete construction 2,000 years ago, but when the communists in Eastern Europe decided to construct concrete apartment structures and office buildings they apparently failed to read the recipe correctly. Not only are the buildings drab but the concrete used is crumbling and what little rebar was used is exposed and rusted. The port facility here is no exception. It looks like it has been bombed but it is only because the concrete structure is crumbling. This is something I found repeated all across the Balkans. We talked about this on the Kleine Prinz and we agreed that it must have something to do with using “dirty” sand from the bottom of the Danube. I saw ... read more
Jewish Synogogue
Baba Vida fortress

Europe » Hungary » Central Hungary » Budapest » Buda May 6th 2013

Budapest, Hungary Der Kleine Prinz is tied up on the Pest side of the Danube in the center of Budapest. This is a city of bridges connecting the Buda and Pest sides of the river. The Pest side is mostly flat while the Buda side is clustered around high rocky cliffs. On the highest hill overlooking the city is a statue of woman the Hungarians call their “Statue of Liberty”. It was put up during the communist years and once had a large red star on the pedestal. The star was pulled off after the Soviets were driven out in the late 80s but the statue remains. The view of the city from the top of the hill is superb. Budapest of a most beautiful city. Of course much of it was also bombed ... read more

Europe » Hungary » Southern Transdanubia » Mohacs May 4th 2013

Mohacs/Pecs, Hungary It is another beautiful sunny day on the Danube. I packed too many warm weather clothes thinking late April, early May could be cool and drizzly. It has been anything but. Daily temperatures have been in the 80s and 90s. We had a brief thunderstorm the other evening after leaving Belgrade, but otherwise it has been clear sailing. Our first stop in Hungary is at the port town of Mohacs just inside the border. From there we took a bus to the beautiful city of Pecs (pronounced like petch). Pecs is about 45 minutes away from Mohacs. Once again I am surprised by the extent of agriculture here in the Balkans. The flat fertile plains of what was once an inland sea bed the Romans called Palonia. This area appears to encompass ... read more
coffee in Pecs

Europe » Croatia » Slavonia » Vukovar May 3rd 2013

Vukovar, Croatia This little city of about 40,000 is right on the Danube. On the other side is Serbia. This location has not always proved to be advantageous to the citizens of Vukovar. During the most recent Balkan war the Serbian army and Slobadon Milosovic, the Serbian leader, took a dim view of Croatia’s move toward independence. The Serbs tried to capture Vukovar but managed only to almost completely destroy it by lobbing artillery across the river until 90% of the city was leveled. We saw the first evidence of the war as we were pulling into the port facilities. There is a tall brick and concrete water tower on the edge of the port which is riddled with holes. I am told that the present government wants to leave it as it stands ... read more

Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade May 1st 2013

Belgrade, Serbia Der Kleine Prinz tied up in downtown Belgrade not far from an ancient fortress that overlooks the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers. We had a stroll through the fortress from the top of which I could see what is known as “new” Belgrade. I would have loved to spend some time walking around the downtown area of old Belgrade but we were instead only driven around the city by bus. What I did see was what could be a beautiful city that needs a lot of sprucing up. It suffers from years of poor construction during the communist years, damage during WWII and most recently in the late 1980s and early 90s when it was bombed by NATO forces. We passed the bombed out military headquarters building as ... read more

Europe » Netherlands » North Holland » Amsterdam April 27th 2013

Seattle to Bucharest I am on the first leg of a cruise on the Danube River in Eastern Europe. I am traveling with my travel pal Bill Kepper, who arrived at SeaTac airport limping along with a painful hip. He has complained of hip problems for some time. This could be problematic for him since I expect we will be doing quite a bit walking at stops along the river. As I write this we have just left Amsterdam and are on our way to Bucharest, the first stop on this adventure. The nine hour flight from Seattle to Amsterdam was uneventful. I watched 4 episodes of Downton Abbey and the film “Driving Ms. Daisy”. Occasionally I looked out the window and at one point saw a full moon rising as we passed over ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver » False Creek February 21st 2013

February 20, 2013 I am aboard Amtrak headed to Vancouver, British Columbia. I am with friends Bill, Nancy and Judy taking a day trip to our sister city to the north. The train exited Seattle through the venerable 110 year old tunnel beneath the city and is now hugging the edge of Puget Sound. The Sound is calm, the surface smooth and glasslike. The temperature is around 40 F. The sky overcast. A very nice, typical day in the Northwest. Who am I trying to fool. It is dreary and rain threatens. None the less we are determined to have a good time. We arrived in Vancouver at the train station on the outskirts of the city. From there we took the Sky Train into the city and got off at Canada Place, waterfront station. The ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle October 24th 2012

Infinity arrived in Fort Lauderdale early on the morning of Oct. 8. Fittingly it was raining cats and dogs. In fact there was so much lightning that disembarkation had to be halted midway through because of fear someone on the dock would get hit. I managed to get off without incident. I last saw Nancy and Sharon struggling with their luggage as they waited for a shuttle bus to their hotel in Miami. My God they had a lot of baggage. I grabbed a taxi and sped off to my nearby hotel where I had a relaxing day by the pool when the sun finally came out. My plane left early next morning on a direct flight to Seattle. Now that I have been back in my own house for a couple of weeks I can ... read more
Josh & Jenohn
Karen, Sharen, Judy & Margaret singing
Sharon, Bill & Nancy in our stateroom

South America » Colombia » Cartagena » Sogamoso October 6th 2012

Today was the last port call of this cruise and the best experience of the whole trip. We arrived in Cartagena, Colombia after a night of thunder storms and heavy rain. By the time we tied up in the harbor the weather had cleared. It was hot and very humid but this is the tropics after all. Bill, Nancy, Sharon and I struck out on our own by taking a taxi to the old walled part of the city. We had a grand experience, especially after we got away from most of the waddling tourists disgorging themselves from tour busses. We wandered all around the old city finding many beautiful plazas and gorgeous colonial architecture well preserved and maintained. I bought an oil painting of a native woman with a fruit basket on her head to ... read more
Sharon after lunch in Cartagena
Street Scene Cartagena
Bill, Sharon & Jenohn at Simon Bolivar Park

Central America Caribbean » Panama October 6th 2012

Transit of the Panama Canal Bill and I are about to host a little wine and cheese party in our stateroom to celebrate crossing from the Pacific to the Atlantic through the Panama Canal. Nancy and her sister Sharon are going to join us as well as the twins, Sharen and Karen and their two sisters, Margaret and Judy. The transit took 8 hours even though the total distance is only about 58 miles. This is a much different canal than the Suez. The Suez has no locks and is about 110 miles long through desert at sea level the whole way. Here it is necessary for a ship to enter and leave 6 separate locks; three on one side of Gatun Lake and three on the other. Gatun is a huge man-made lake made when ... read more
lock is full ready to move out

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