Sally and Hugh's Balkans trip 2018 travel blog

New Bridge over the Danube

Danube River

Flat terrain north of the Danube

Home in Sremski Karlovci

Cake lady showing what she puts in the cake

 

A beautiful cake was created.

Pedestrian mall in Novi Sad

One of the interesting alleyways to explore.

 

 

Wherever we looked someone was on a cell phone.

 

Kids collecting leaves for school projects.

 

Large farmers market in Novi Sad.

Loved seeing so many beautiful green vegetables.

Fish caught from the Danube.

Good looking bread for sale

Royal Bunt Cakes for sale

 

 

 

 

 

One of the 4 Synagogues in Serbia

The synagogues are now poorly attended due to many leaving for Israel.

Slovaks had to move to the Danube to be the buffer.

Gallery of Native Art

Sremski Karlovci - The lady who always painted herself in the picture...

Can you find the little girl in the pink dress in her...

 

Novi Sail painted people with very large hands and feet.

 

 

Artist's home

 

Fun pictures were created by this artist.

 

 

 

Pretty flowers painted on our hands.

Husband did unique woodwork.

 

The violin makers home shop

Many sizes for all ages

 

Explaining how important it is to make the violin back make the...

Work bench of the violin maker

Ceramics created by his wife

 

Stamp on wood shows it is from a renewable source - very...

Found the people of Serbia very friendly, informative, and talented.


We spent the last two days in Serbia exploring north to the Danube. First we headed North West to Sremski Karlovci. Like so many towns along this part of the Danube, it has changed hands many times which has enhanced its culture. We visited a home where we were shown how to make Royal Bunt Cakes. The reason they were called Royal is because of the cost of the cake pan. To make one in the old days was expensive and only Royalty could afford them. The woman here, was a real estate agent and about 10 years ago started making the cakes and now has the community doing so and they have a contest for the best ones, twice a year. We are lucky to be able to visit homes and interact with the locals. We then visited Novi Sad, the second largest city in Serbia and is home to one of Europe's best music festivals. We enjoyed the pedestrian mall with all its Pasazs (small walkways off the main thoroughfare) and the large farmers market. After all the mountains of Greece, Albania, Macedonia and Southern Serbia it was interesting to see how flat the land is north of the Danube. On the last day we visited Kovacica Nort east of Bilgrade settled by ethnic Slovakes 200 years ago. When the Hungarians controlled the land north of the Danube and the Ottomans the land south of the river, the Hungarians who also controlled Slovakia at the time moved the Slovakiaes “Lutherans” to the Danube as a barrier. Hungary was very Catholic at the time. The Slovaks have kept their culture, language, dress, and love of art. We stopped at the Center of Naive Art. One of the painters was Zuzana Chaluuve who loved to paint Children. Her trademark was a young girl dressed in pink. Zuzana has become world famous. Martin Jonas’s paintings depicted people with oversize hands and feet and small heads. His explanation was that when he was young he spent a lot of his time under the table and all he saw was big hands and feet and little heads way, way up. Many homes are home-galleries. We stopped at two. The first was a woman who painted and her husband did woodwork on a lathe. In addition to showing all their work, the lady painted beautiful flowers on the back of ladies hands. Down the street we were guest of a master violin maker. We had to wait until afternoon, as he was the organist at his church. He explained to us that he has to tune the back of the violin to a G before building the instrument. He also keeps some of Europe’s best violins in shape. He was such an intelligent, soft spoken man, we hated to have him stop talking. His wife created in ceramics. To see new things and places is exciting, but to meet bright, real people is more fun. We ended the Tour with a good by dinner down a cobblestone street in a restaurant in the oldest part of town. The next morning were up a 4:00 to catch our plane to Lithuania. It was time to say, “Good bye Balkans,Hello Baltics.”

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