Thursday, April 25-Day 6
Wow! Another glorious day was upon us as I peeked out the window around 7AM. We were still cruising and making good time towards the Croatian town of Vukovar. This town was 90% destroyed in 1991 wen the Serbs invaded and has since been almost totally re-built.We were due to dock at 10.00.
After breakfast I headed up to the Sun-deck to watch the docking procedure. We rafted up to two other longships, an amazing display of skill by the captain. That done, with Don and Lynore we headed to the lounge to listen to a marvellous band called Tamburica. Four young men, all with stringed instruments played for us for about 45 minutes and my were they good! They sang some Croatian melodies and then wound up with Country Roads, and a few other well known hits to which we could sing-along.
We had lunch then the tour for the pm headed off at 1.30 pm. from Vukovar. We were headed north and slightly west to the town of Osijek. As we were leaving Vukovar, Sarah our guide told us of the huge fight that the men of the city put up against the Serbs of Milosevic. It was this battle, where they held the town for over 80 days, that was attributed to saving Croatia as an independent country. 45 minutes later we were at Osijek and our first stop which was a fortress in which there was a small abbey or monastery. My hearing let me down as I couldn’t determine which it was. However, there were now only three remaining inhabitants. In the grounds, a crew was excavating at an archaeological dig discovering artifacts from some 500 years ago.
From that place we drove 10 minutes to the estate of a local entrepreneur. He made his own plum brandy, smoked sausage and various other delicious items. We got to taste his wares and enjoyed all of them.
Back at the ship around 5.30pm, Croatian customs had come aboard to check passports and we were told they might need face checks too. They must have liked ours, (faces not passports) for we heard no more from them.
Dinner came around and we had a great meal with our usual great company before heading off to our room. we were so tired. Wow this fresh air and high temperatures ( 26C today) seem to be working a number on us. Mind you, if could also be the accumulation of plum brandy, wine and beer that has something to do with it too!
Goodbye for now folks, and God bless.