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Constanta, Romania

Wednesday 19th October 2016

Lots of pictures here, as not many people get to Romania. Our tour was the last out & I had opened our porthole (Julinette, our Cabin Steward always shuts them) to see people already going off for their tour at 07:32. This must have been the Bucharest trip. We left at 09:10 again & it was just a coach to the middle of this city & a lift on it back from the Casino. In between, in what felt like freezing cold because of the wind chill, we gradually walked down through the old city centre.

Genoise Lighthouse

City Centre

Romulus & Remus

The walk itself was most interesting because of the variety of Art Nouveau & Art Deco buildings as well as 19thC ones, some in bad repair. We started at the Romulus & Remus bronze, being suckled by the wolf. The Art Museum was quite a confection.

Art Museum

This was beaten by the History Museum, which we went in & spent some time looking at the well-presented items.

The History Museum

Museum entrance hall

Art Nouveau stained glass

Medieval Pit House

Then, into the Roman Mosaic. This is apparently huge & only about 1/3rd is exposed. It needs watering, as it is hard to make out the pattern. The pictures here have been well Photoshopped to bring out as much detail as possible.

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The Museum & Mosaic are in Ovid Square.

Ovid Square


Old city wall outside the Mosaic

We went on to the Mosque, which is quite small but we did not have to take our shoes off, fortunately. It was built by King Carol I, who seems to have been a good egg, in 1910.

Mosque from the centre

Mosque close to

Mosque courtyard

Ceramic Koran

Inside the Mosque

Other restoration work nearby

But the high point was the Orthodox Cathedral, also built recently (1882) but fully painted inside. Superstitious bollocks but very pretty with it. Outside are Roman ruins.

The Orthodox Cathedral

Above the door

By the door

By the door other side

Over the door


Side of the Cathedral & ruins

Roman Street

A little further on, by the sea, is the amazing Casino building, currently derelict but a business opportunity surely waiting to happen? Avis parked herself on a bench while I walked North to look at the marina, which is past the Sailors War Memorial with a very high number of names on it.

Queen Elizabeth (not ours) Hotel

Casino land side

Casino from the North

Sailors memorial

Other Genoise Lighthouse

Constanta marina

Despite the cold, the guide said it was a nice day, as it had not rained but the pavements in the marina area were flooded, so it must have recently. She seemed to be a mixture of every ethnicity in the region plus had worked in Holland. She sometimes had to fish for a word & we all chorused what it was. We were so cold, we had a cooked lunch. Normally, we stick to salads. I processed photos in the afternoon, as I felt it was too cold to go out again. Another mixed show in the evening, hosted by Bob. Then, I did more laundry.

Port 1 - Gibraltar

Port 2 - Valletta

Port 3 - Varna

Port 5 - Odessa

Port 6 - Sochi

Port 7 - Istanbul

Port 8 - Dikili

Port 9 - Kusadasi

Port 10 - Athens

Port 11 - Catania

Port 12 - Almeria

Port 13 - Leixoes

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