Friday, June 16, 2017

The Danube and its Canals

Yes, that's a swimming pool in the bottom left hand corner of the photo.
One of Vancouver's greatest assets is its extensive waterfront walkways and bike way system. While some of Vienna's waterfront has been developed for public enjoyment, including large inner-city beach areas, and there are walkways along portions of the river and canals, I was surprised by how much waterfront has not been developed. Many areas are covered in graffiti, or developed as very casual, informal space.
One prominent sight in Vienna are the river cruise boats along the Danube, the second largest river in Europe which flows through ten countries before reaching the Black Sea. While we didn't do a river cruise, we did take a short 2 hour cruise. (Well it was really a one hour cruise with one hour spent going through a lock.) 
As we floated down the river I was surprised to see some little cabins, which I subsequently learned are occupied by people who catch fish with large nets that are lowered into the river. Perhaps I should seek approvals to install something similar in my Deering Island backyard.

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