Cruising along the Danube

We chose the right week for our cruise as last week it poured with rain every day, and the week before that it was very cold. After an hour’s delay at Heathrow we were soon on our way to Budapest and were transported to our ship – The Maria Theresa.

We discovered there would be a delay in setting off because of the tragedy a couple of days previously where a tourist boat had collided with a large cruise ship and the river was closed while Korean divers were trying to recover the bodies from under the water close by to our anchorage. The Maria Theresa was luxurious – here’s our stateroom

and this is the baroque restaurant and Leopard cocktail lounge

The glorious weather meant we could enjoy lazing around on the sundeck as we cruised along the Danube.

This is the grand staircase in our ship – and a large portrait of Maria Theresa

On our first day ashore we visited the Houses of Parliament in Budapest. And how magnificent they were too. Here’s some of the views inside the building

And this is the parliament building itself from across the Danube, and the Szechenyi chain bridge – an exact copy of the bridge in Marlow.

The next day we carried on to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, where we went on a walking tour around the city. As we got off the boat a band was playing

And we came across some interesting sights

Tomorrow we will stop in Vienna for the night and spend the day there. Mostly the passengers on our ship are Americans, but we have met a couple of South Africans and English people. Surprisingly they all play bowls, so we talked a bit about some of the differences in the game when played in our respective countries.

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