We enjoyed a morning in Constanta (say constanza), a Romanian port on the Black Sea. It dates back more than 2,500 years and boasts a wealth of architecture and history. Rumor has it that Jason and the Argonauts stopped here after recovering the legendary Golden Fleece. Maybe, maybe not, but surely the Roman influence is apparent in the exhibits in the Archeological Museum and the remains of the Roman forum.
Within one block we passed a Mosque, an Eastern Orthodox and a Catholic Orthodox church. The Catholic Orthodox church exists only here and was a political response to a government edict that the Catholics could continue to practice their faith as long as they gave up the notion of the Pope. 87% of Romanians have chosen the Orthodox Byzantine rite, making them the sole “romance Language” population of Orthodoxy, Roman Catholics is 5% and the others of another faith or non-believers.
In the afternoon we sailed south to the Danube-Black Sea canal and entered the Danube for our sail upstream to Budapest. The Canal was built 1949 -84 under the oppressive totalitarian regime of Nicolae Ceauseascu at a cost of $2 billion and unknown lives. The 40 mile long canal takes 250 miles off the journey from the Black Sea to the markets on the Danube, we question whether it was worth the price.
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