Rhine River

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Being raised along the Mississippi River, I was fortunate to see many very large tug boats pushing long rows of barges. The tugs of Europe along the Rhine, Main, & Danube Rivers were not nearly as large as the ones on the central Mississippi River but they were unusual in that they carried their cars along with them. Maybe they were on one-way trips and drove their cars back home. I just never found out why they did this.

Budapest, Hungary

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Budapest, Hungary

The city of Budapest is the capital of Hungary and We have never seen such a lighted city. From the Danube River is so bright it almost hurts your eyes. They do turn off most of the lights in the late evening sometime. We went to bed so we never knew when that occurred. Had it not been a little cool, we could have sat out on deck longer enjoying the many lights of Budapest.

Bratislava, Slovakia

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Bratislave, Slovakia

This city is competing with some “heavy hitters” for the tourism dollars. Its hard compete with rich cities like Cologne, Germany¬†and Vienna, Austria. Those cities radiate beauty, style, and much wealth. Bratislava has none of those except for one little fact. Its been there several thousand years and has much history to back that up. It was a great place to visit.