The Danube River

2008-07-11

I spent 5 months in several cities in central Europe and one of the common elements in my stay in different capitals and countries was the river Danube.

I spent 5 months in several cities in central Europe and one of the common elements in my stay in different capitals and countries was the river Danube.

It’s the second longest river in Europe flowing 2850 km and is the only river in the world to unite 4 capitals! I find this concept very interesting! From Germany to the Black Sea, 10 countries, 10 different cultures, 10 peoples, countless cities, all connected by the same passing water! It also forms part of these countries borders, but does it mean that it separates them? They all name it differently but in the end I comes from the Celtic dānu, meaning to flow.

The anthropologists tell us it was the site of some of the earliest human cultures. It has a waltz with its name. 8 national parks include part of the river. There’s even a bike trail along it. To sum up, this is the ultimate river in Europe and it must be Lomographed. Can you imagine the possibilities? You can be in Vienna and take some photos. Then take a boat
to the next stop: Bratislava. Take some photos there. In between the 2 you’ll see the beautiful Devin castle rising from the cliffs. Flow down to Budapest. Photos. Boat. Belgrade. Photos. Unbelievable! Then multiply the number of cities by the possible weather conditions. Then by the number of water colors! The number you get is nothing compared to the possibilities!

I lived in a Bratislava student dorm facing this beauty. Waking up and going to the window and contemplating it made me feel happy. And this is the feeling we all like to have.

Danube online virtual tour: http://www.x3m.ro/danube/

written by mrrotivlarbac on 2008-07-11 #places #nature #leisure #location

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