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Back Door to Byzantium

Bill and Laurel Cooper




This eagerly-awaited sequel to Watersteps is the spelbinding story of the Coopers' voyage by barge across the North Sea, eastbound through flooded France, down the Rhine in full spate, through the new Rhein-Main-Donau Kanal, and down the Danube to the Black Sea.

As if floods, whirlpools and groundings were not enough, vandals cast them off in Germany, and the flooding Danube swept them inexorably downstream like a cannon-ball on an escalator. Bureaucratic delays in Hungary pushed them over the Yugoslav border on the very day of Operation Storm. They were boarded by Serbian patrols and evaded the diesel pirates, only to become bogged down in the massive bureaucracy of Romania and the Ukraine, where sailing your own boat is not yet a citizen's right.

In this breathtaking and witty account the Coopers tell of their award-winning voyage that turned out much more difficult and dangerous than any of their ocean crossings


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