|Belgrade, Serbia - never would have thought that I would be one day visiting this city, or this country. We had quite the enlightening lecture from a Serbian history professor on keeping an open mind and the importance of being aware of the many different perspectives to any story. One of the major histories of this city is that it in 25 centuries it has been completely destroyed 44 times and been witness to 115 battles.
Dennis and I went on an interesting city tour and visited the fortress of Belgrade. One of the interesting battles there were of 60,000 soldiers from what we now know were Serbs were defending their city from an army of 200,000 Turks of the Ottoman Empire. On the day the Turks were to attack, Aug 6th, it snowed. So the Serbs had the advantage with the snow that Turks had never seen or known of and won the battle. So, the point of this story is that also here in Serbia they could say as we do in Alberta - if you do not like the weather, just wait awhile, it wil probably change.
Belgrade today has a great pedestrian mall that runs for many blocks and it is busy and filled with people. A marathon was running the day we walked through this downtown. We stopped and cheered on a Canadian as well as many that were finishing at the 4 and one half hour mark. An interesting city that would be worth revisiting.