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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Christmas cruise on the Danube River - Dec 18th...

We departed Budapest at about 10:00 pm.  Many buildings and bridges in Budapest are beautifully and dramatically lit at night.
In the morning, the Amasonata entered the largest lock on the cruise - there are 67 more locks before we arrive in Amsterdam.
Today’s excursion was a walking tour of Bratislava, which is the capital of Slovakia and the country’s largest city with a population of half a million.  The cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th century buildings, but it  has undergone profound changes in a construction boom at the start of the 21st century.  Most historical buildings are concentrated in Old Town, which is the area covered by the walking tour. 

One of the narrowest houses in Europe is nearby.    Walking around the Old Town is pleasant and interesting because the town is clean and well maintained.  
For supper that night, about a half dozen single travelers, including myself, were invited to the Captain’s table.  The Captain and Cruise Manager were present, and we met in a private room in the corner of the main dining room.  For the appetizer, I had the goose liver with cooked figs; it was very tasty.  I also had Cream of lobster soup, halibut and cheesecake with strawberry caviar.  I sampled both the red and white wines, and they were exceptional.  The best wines that I have had on any river cruise were served on this cruise by AMA.  This was another exceptional meal!
That evening, there was a concert by a chamber music group called the Aphrodites.  It was comprised of one person on the piano, two with violins, one on cello, and a flutist - this was about an hour.

Photos belong to Phil Bianco

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