We can’t survive without it so it’s only right today to celebrate World Rivers Day and the flow of life.
With the publication of B-WELL CBD’s most loved European rivers on Instagram, we’re stretching it out to include the world too.
Of course you can’t ignore European waterways so I’ll dip my toe in them as well.
Top ten Euro rivers
The oils and cosmetic products company has tracked our habits and unsurprisingly namechecked this top ten.
1 Thames, 2 Danube, 3 Elbe, 4 Seine, 5 Ural, 6 Douro, 7 Loire, 8 Rhine, 9 Vistula, 10 Tiber.
Wading through it I’ll definitely sing the praises of London’s Old Father Thames, its towers, bridges and the country towns it dissects.
The Danube has remained just along the river if you will when I’ve visited Central Europe.
I’m pleasantly surprised to see the Elbe more popular than the Seine.
And I would recommend taking a river cruise in Dresden to see the fine riverbank houses and enjoy a fireworks display.
Wine and Rhine
I daresay if a dacha along the Ural is good enough for Russian communists and oil billionaires I should pay it a visit.
And I’ll confess I know more about the Tagus from Praia do Ribatejo in Portugal Centro than the Douro in Portugal and Spain.
The flow of the Loire is only bettered by the running wine from its vineyards.
But I confess a soft spot for the Rhine and its fairytale castles, especially The Wonderful World of Disney‘s opening title. Neuschwanstein.
The Vistula in Poland is still a pleasure to enjoy as is Polska unless being hosted by the Embassy in Dublin counts which it does!
While just squeezing into the top ten (and I feel like DJ Alan Freeman here pop pickers) is a river I feel is a friend, the Tiber.
When in Rome
While staying in the bohemian Trastevere you’ll soon get to know the river well by taking wrong directions.
And the bridges of Rome stand comparison with anywhere in the world.
Particularly the Ponte Sant’Angelo, its statues on the railings and its centre point, the magnificent Castel Sant’Angelo,
A notable exception on the list was the Vltava through Prague with its magnificent Charles Bridge.
Now I know I promised you the world.
So let me show you the river of rebirth, the Jordan between the country and Israel.
Where pilgrims go to be baptised where the Israelis claim John baptised Jesus.
It’s a different type of water activity along the Colorado river.
Take the bird’s eye view from a helicopter through the Grand Canyon.
Or do like the Americans and use it as your playground.
Water is our most precious commodity and America’s West survives and thrives because of one of my Modern Wonders of the World, the Hoover Dam.
Although, incredulously it has not been recognised as such on the official list.
Quality of Mersey
So I’ll throw in another couple of favourite rivers which speak for themselves.
Of course the Amazon, the Nile, the Congo, the Ganges, the Yellow, the Makong and many others deserve our attention.
And so I’ll be patient in getting back out abroad.
And I will continue to enjoy the rivers and bridges where I am.
I spent the last week walking by and sailing on the Ferry Across the Mersey.
So a thought… where would we be without our waterways.
Let’s hear it for World Rivers Day and the flow of life.