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May 30, 2019 - Bye Bye Belgrade and the Balkans

Our tour ends in Belgrade, where we started. We fly out to Vienna at 8.10 tomorrow morning which means a 4.30 rise. Then home again with Thai via Bangkok but no stopovers this time . The snow season beckons! Flying from Skopje to Belgrade wasn’t much fun. It’s not a very big plane that does this 1hr 10min flight and it was overbooked. Our group was informed that we were the only ones without connections (mmm not sure if that was the truth) and they asked for 10 volunteers to fly at 4am the next morning. That wasn’t hard to achieve because...

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May 24, 2019 - Belgrade

Friday, May 24, 2019 Exploring Belgrade A day without travelling! We had previously arranged an Urban Adventure and were to meet our guide at 10 am at the “?” tavern where we had dinner last night. We left the hotel at 9:15 am and walked over to the tavern in plenty of time. Eke ordered a cup of tea while we were waiting for our guide and maybe other participants in the tour. Our guide Vlada came right at 10 am and informed us that we were the only ones doing the tour – a private tour! We sat on the patio for a while and Vlada told us some...

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May 23, 2019 - Novi Sad to Belgrade, Serbia

Novi Sad – Belgrade Eke woke up at 6 am, relaxed until 7 am, got up and took a shower while Brian was still sleeping. No rush this morning – we have a free morning, leaving for Belgrade at 1pm, being ready to go at 12 noon. Brian wanted to take it easy . At breakfast we were joined by Tracy (group member from Boston). Eke and Tracy decided to go up to the Petrovaradin Fortress just across the river Danube, while Brian would take care of our luggage, get some more Dinars and maybe get some lunch for the bus to Belgrade. Tracy and I had a...

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May 10, 2019 - Bangkok Stopover

BANGKOK 42 years later Our memories of travel 42 years ago are quite dim and it seems neither of us can recall much about Bangkok so our stopover here feels like a new experience. There is certainly a lot more traffic! And with 12 million people it is almost certainly a very different city than we experienced in the late 70s. We are flying Thai airlines and a stop in Bangkok virtually divides the trip in half. We are staying in the very comfortable So Sofitel in Lumphini for anyone who knows their Bangkok districts. We have excellent views...

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Jan 13, 2019 - Much better Day in Belgrade

Another lateish morning and a hurried breakfast downstairs before the short walk to meet this morning's guide Tamara, to do a 20th Century tour of Belgrade. First stop was at the Hotel Moscow which was built in 1908 and is still today a 4 star hotel. To get the 5th star would mean changing the hotel too substantially which would compromise the building. Many notable guests have stayed there including Albert Enistein and his wife, Alfred Hitchcock, and of course Hollywood stars including Brad Pitt. Beautiful old building that stands out...

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Jan 12, 2019 - A day in Belgrade

Had to keep the home fires burning at the hotel this morning after we all had breakfast downstairs before the girls head off to do a walking tour to get acquainted with the city. The back is sore and not up to trying to walk on slippery footpaths today as my greatest fear would be falling over. Spent my morning rinsing out socks and jocks and jamas in the hope they will dry during the day. If not will sit with the hair dryer on them later. Watched a crappy 1960s Genghis Khan movie as I played with the washing and did some reading of my...

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Jan 11, 2019 - On our way to Serbia

Up and at 'em this morning as there are a couple of things we would like to do before we have to leave our hotel at midday. First up was a walk along the banks of the Danube to near Parliament where there is a poignant sculpture right on the water's edge. In 1944-45 the Hungarian Nazis of the Red Arrow party executed thousands of Jewish people in this spot and merely pushed their bodies into the river to float away. Along the very water's edge are sculptures of many life size pairs of bronze shoes, men's. women's and even a pair of child's...

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Oct 15, 2018 - Belgrade 2

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...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Belgrade-1

We headed to Belgrade stopping first at the Royal Winery Oplenac that was ahead of its time and in high production before the German invasion in 1941. It now produces a limited amount, but did win a couple of Gold Medals at the Belgrade Wine Fair. We then stopped at the church of St George which sits high on a hill in the forest. This is the finial resting place of Karadojordje who started the revolution against the Ottomans in 1804. The crypt holds 24 family members. Belgrade is an old city that is being modernized. When new buildings are...

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Aug 9, 2018 - Sunday, Monday 5&6 Aug

Dear all, Well it seems that I have been lost. In the last blog I referred to Sarajevo as the capital of Serbia. It is the capital of Bosnia Herzegovina. Not only that but I am lost in time, we have moved into August. I have updated the date so I am now up with everything. We visited a church where the entire wall is civet end in ceramics but the are not as we know ceramic tiles. These tiles were almost paper thin . The craftsmanship in the work and the designs were amazing. They were done 1 or 2 centuries ago., can't remember now. The...

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Our Big Trip

Sep 19, 2017 - Belgrade, Serbia

Georgi, my Blabla car driver picked me up at the Timisoara house at about 13:45. He had two Brazilians in the back seat, they didn't know each other, they just happened to both be from Brazil. We drove about 1 1/2 hours and hit the border to Serbia. First you have to go through the Romania check point. Then you go through the Serbia one. We went through with no questions although the Serbia inspector asked to look in the hatch where the backpacks of the two Brazilians were. All ok and we proceeded. We made a pit stop and proceeded through...

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Aug 17, 2017 - Belgrade 2

Well I lied! We are spending a 2nd night here. This a.m. we waited for a tram that never came then took another and changed to another. We walked up the hill to the fort entrance and were dismayed to find it had been built in the late 1800's, early 1900's so not that old. The Military Museum is closed for renovations but tanks and missles are displayed outside the fort...and all late 1900's. There was a great view out over the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers. Lots of green space too. The Roman well was built in the 17th century and...

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