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Sep 25, 2016 - Through Romania Into Serbia

After only a couple of hours in Romania we were back at a border again, this time the one with Serbia. It didn’t take too long to get through first the Romanian & then the Serbian check points & head off to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Again the countryside was flat & featureless, no trees or hills just fields of maize with a lot of harvesting taking place. There does seem to be plenty of churches along the way. We ended up in the only camp site we could find listed in this northern part of Serbia. It was well outside the centre of...

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Sep 18, 2015 - Waiting waiting

We left Croatia today. Got a ride to the airport with our host Tomislav. A short wait at a very modern airport, and we were on our way. In a turbo prop aircraft - about a 1 hr flight to Belgrade. Looking down we could see farmland in all directions, with patches of forest and pine plantations everywhere. The farms are generally small paddocks, so it was very much a patchwork. After a bottle of water and an unappetising bread roll, we were in Belgrade. There was no noticeable change in appearance from the air as we crossed the border. Same...

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Dec 6, 2014 - Back to Belgrade

Today was spent on the train getting back to Beograd (Belgrad). On the way down to Niš, I had to take two trains. Not sure exactly why, but my train stopped and everyone had to get off. Then we all boarded another train. It was just as well, since this new train had a first class car (not just 2nd class cars). There was only one other passenger in the 1st class car and he spoke excellent English. So, we had a long conversation until he got off shortly before Niš. Meeting the locals is one of the reasons that I love to travel by train. Even...

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Balkans 2014

Dec 1, 2014 - Pretending I know what I'm doing

Winter arrived with a vengeance! I had been farther south and/or on the coast. Now, I'm inland in Beograd (Belgrade, Serbia). It's cold and windy! I ventured out for a few minutes trying to find an ATM. I found it but it's located inside the bank and the bank won't open until 9am. I went to the relative warmth of the train station and studied where the trains go. They aren't many trains and they don't go many places! I wrote down the few options in my notebook. Next, I purchased an all-day bus and tram pass (for about $3). By now, it was...

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Balkans 2014

Nov 30, 2014 - Good-bye Bosnia and Herzegovina

Time to leave a country with a exceptional mix of cultures. It can't even decide on one name for the country. Instead it has two names: Bosnia and Herzegovina Worse, it has three different ethnic regions. The third region, Republika Srpska, didn't even get into the name of the country. It has three presidents and three religions: Roman Catholic, Orthodox Christianity, and Islam. The country has two systems of writing. Some signs use the Roman alphabet (a, b, c, d). Some signs use the Cyrillic alphabet (а, б, в, г). Some signs have both....

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Balkans 2014

Aug 4, 2014 - Belgrade

We went through another border into Serbia. It was great that we had time to sleep again on the bus because I didn't have much sleep again the nigh before.  The landscape in Serbia is really cool. At one point we were driving through mountains that looked similar to the ones at home but tunnels were cut right through the mountains, not just on the sides like the Rockies.  We stopped at a rest stop where a lady had a small take out restaurant. She was so happy to have us all eat there. It took a long time to get food but I loved how happy...

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Taking Back My Brave

May 18, 2014 - Under ground, over ground

Belgrade is part of a select club of just three cities where I've allowed myself the indulgence of staying for 3 nights, so I have another full day left here. It's absolutely scorching here today - I can't quite believe the change compared to when I arrived, or how very, very cold I was back in Sarajevo. While I was in Sarajevo I learned that Belgrade had retained one bombed out building as a reminder of the war: the former Yugoslavian Ministry of Defence building. I hadn't known where in the city it was (it's not exactly marked on the...

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May 17, 2014 - A fresh start

A new day dawns in Belgrade, overcast, but without the rain that has followed me around since I left Split. I head up to breakfast to see what's on offer here. Ever since Istanbul - where the breakfast offering at my hostel consisted of cucumber, tomatoes, and feta cheese (none of which I could bring myself to eat - shockingly for me, I know) - I'm always a bit wary of breakfast in new countries. Happily, Hotel Safety Net had a pretty extensive selection on offer. Though I wasn't that tempted by the cold fish fingers. That was a new one....

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May 16, 2014 - Move on day

I don't really feel ready to leave Sarajevo yet, but leave I must. I have a plane to catch. I take a final walk around Bascarsija; the rain has finally stopped falling. It's nice to be able to catch a glimpse of the city out of the rain, despite the lingering clouds. Even if I wanted to travel this next connection by bus I wouldn't have been able to today, because I'm heading north to Belgrade, Serbia. And large swathes of the country north of Sarajevo have been rendered impassable due to the flooding. Besides, flying with Air Serbia is an...

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Jun 4, 2013 - De l'ouest vers l'est en 3 bonds

Commentaire d’ouverture : je trouve qu’en générale les villes européennes sont très propres et elles ont tout un réseau de transport en commun efficace. De l’Espagne à la Serbie en 3 bonds Strasbourg, la petite France avec ses 260 000 habitants. J’y étais déjà passé en 1984. Une autre petite visite de 2 jours était comme incontournable pour me rappeler quelques bons souvenirs. 1er centre urbain classé au Patrimoine mondial de l'humanité par l'Unesco (eh oui) et l'un des plus grands centres piétons de France. Première ville pour son réseau...

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Apr 29, 2013 - Day 7 - Belgrade, Serbia

We woke up this morning on the River Sava – which feeds into the Danube on one side of Belgrade. That is where all of the riverboats dock when they come to Belgrade. The river was very high so some boats may have had trouble in some areas – but our dock was fine. We must have cleared Serbia customs uneventfully – as no one asked us for anything and we were free to go on to the land at any time (as long as we were carrying our passports). After breakfast we met our guide for our city tour. We started by going to the park and the legendary...

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Sep 7, 2012 - Belgrade, Serbia

We left Novi Sad very early to catch the train for Belgrade. Our second class coach was comfy. Apparently this train plays a part in the upcoming James bond movie:-) Serbia's history is war torn and Belgrade even more so, as recently as 2008. It is a city of contrasts, of architectural styles and history. We have seen the Danube since Budapest and here once again. There isa most impressive for tree with many layers, dating back to the Roman Empire. We have been surprised at all hours of day and night how busy the streets and cafes are. A...

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