On a Danube river cruise, heading downstream from Linz, I saw a brilliant purple butterfly coming from the right bank straight towards our vessel. On a whim, I stretched out my left hand - my right was holding my camera - and the insect alighted on it and began thirstily to suck up my (invisible) sw
A side-wheel steam tug is seen here steaming on River Danube near the Iron Gates.
Judging by the flag abaft the wheelhouse the vessel could be a Czechoslovakian one, but the postcard itself was issued in Romania in the 1950's.
Further to my pics of the Danube Museum ship at Regensburg, Germany, here is one that shows her (to me, unpronounceable) name. She had a chequered career, described in several websites, before becoming a floating museum. I think the vessel berthed ahead of her is also part of the museum.
Capt Spoor, a Dutchman, has shipmaster's qualifications for both river and blue water sailing. The river here is the Danube, a few miles west of Bratislava.
(Pic taken through glass, hence reflections.)
This RiverRide vehicle, said to be the only one in daily operation at present, takes up to 50 passengers per trip, around Budapest by land and water for £16 a head. This pic shows it climbing out of the Danube on the Buda (west) side.