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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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Aug 16, 2017 - Belgrade, Serbia, and the Iron Gates (Danube Gorge)

During the night we berthed at Belgrave, where the Sava River joins the Danube. Geograhically, everything south of the Sava River is considered the Balkan Peninsula, whereas the land north of the Sava is in Eastern Europe. Our day started on board ship with an 8 am lecture on “Serbia Today,” which consisted mostly of Balkan history, Tito, and the war of 1991-98. It was so dense with information it made my head spin, and I can’t add any more except to say that it was the Serbian fighting and genocide in Kosovo that instigated the UN to bomb...

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Aug 16, 2017 - Belgrade, Serbia

Although traffic was heavy, we had little problem getting pn the autoroute and heading southeast. Slowly the outside temperature climbed to 30 deg Celsius. We drove past all the big box stores...Ikea included...as we left the Old City and City Center behind. Once the city was truly behind us we found ourselves passing through corn fieds, some dry, some not and some being harvested. Some farms grew veggies and others sunflowers. Some fields had been plowed under awaiting another planting. At one point we were startled to see fields of...

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May 23, 2017 - Belgrade

After breakfast at the hotel we meet as a group at 9:00 am for a walk through the main walking street to the Kalemegdan part and then on Kalemegdan Fortress was a great fort over looking two rivers, the Sava and the Dunav, Robert and I spend about 3 hours hiking around the ruins of the fort a great day. The we head back to the hotel for a bit of lunch (we had leftovers from dinner last night) Then I head out to get post cards and stamps to mail out a couple cards, and to walk to the big Greek church being built near the Trg Slavija traffic...

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May 22, 2017 - on to Belgrade, Serbia

This morning after breakfast we meet our tour leader for a walk to the Petrovaradin Fortress on the banks of the Danube river, this is the largest French fort still standing, Constructed in late 1600's and is in the shape of a star, this fort was one of the few the was never taken over by enemy forces. We have a guided tour of the museum then had time to explore more of the fort on our own, a very huge fort. We head back into town on our own I stop for a great pastry and a cup of coffee, back at the hotel I meet with rest of the group then...

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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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