Monday July 25, Galati.

Written by Jack van Ommen on July 25th, 2011
Monday morning:
I woke up to a fairly dense fog. But by 7 it had cleared enough to set off. By 9 I was tied up in Galati to one of the two river tour boats that belong to the local university. My two nights in Braila were free, compliments of my hosts. And the same here. They consider it a pleasure to have me along side and ask me many questions about my travels. Braila was a good stop. On Sauturday night it seemed that the entire population of the town from age 14 till 25 was parading on the river side boulevard. There are a ton of discos, side walk cafes, charcoal grills, etc. Older people also come out to be seen and meet their friends on the benches along the boardwalk. Braila is supposed to have the most beautiful women of Romania. I saw plenty of them.

Galati is definitely a deep sea port. It is nicely laid out, with shady boulevards and parks. But it is practically all built after the 2nd world war. Mark Geertsma and one of his yard men of the local Dutch owned Helmers/Romtech yard stopped by. They will make up a new piece of teak toe rail, that I removed in Zimnicea. Now I am only two days motoring from the Black Sea. I plan to stop at Tulcea, in the Delta and at the end of the Danube in Salina. And then “Fleetwood” gets to taste saltwater once again, after two years in fresh water.

There is not much here to take pictures of, so, I add a few from Friday/Sunday.

Monday evening: I already have most of the toe rail installed. Mark and his joinery carpenter came back in the early afternoon with the toe rail all molded to the pattern in a very nice quality Teak. Mark did this Pro Bono….. How come I am so priviliged to meet these generous people? My host on the river boat I am tied on to, came and helped me install the toe rail.  I need to predrill the second scarfed section tomorrow and then I should be ready to move on again. My host let me use his hot shower on the boat.

 

 

 

 

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