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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic June 9th 2013

Novi Sad and Belgrade, Serbia (Srbija) 4 to 8 June 2013 We come to Serbia to mainly see 2 places, Novi Sad and the capital Belgrade (Beograd) and learn quickly that it is a country of much to see, beautiful cliff lined River Danube in the north, quaint little country villages, good and terrible roads, friendly people, wide rural regions, with wheat, maize and canola crops as well as row cropping. It is green and has been wet on and off. The River Danube flows down through its centre. Men are prominent in this country (only from an outsider’s observation so we may be incorrect). When we arrive at a local restaurant, particularly in the rural areas, we mainly see men socializing…loudly. We come here a little reticent but leave with confidence that they are trying ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic June 22nd 2012

After writing about Vukovar I can't think of an appropriate pun to use in the title of this entry! Any ideas for this and future country/city puns please let me know. When the Vukovar visit was over, we moved on the most appropriate activity for travellers sobered by recent history - a wine tasting! Actually two different wine tastings scheduled for the same day! Still on the Croatian side, we rolled up just before noon, ready to take the edge off the day. I should probably add now that as I write this, it has been at least 35 degrees every day for the last 7 days. There is talk of a storm this weekend, but who knows when this unseasonably early heatwave will end. We firstly viewed the wine cellars and learned about the history ... read more
Wine tasting
Something slightly familiar
Overlooking the meeting of the Danube and Sava

Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic April 21st 2012

Nous redoutions un peu le trajet entre Sibiu et Belgrade. 7 heures de train pour se rendre à Timisoara, arrivée vers 22h40. Le lendemain, départ à 5h40 du matin pour une combinaison train-bus de 4 heures jusqu'à Belgrade en Serbie. Ça avait bien commencé, un gentil Justin Bieber roumain m'a aidé à placer mes bagages dans le compartiment et Nellie a fait une longue sieste. Mais quand Justin et grand-maman Bieber sont débarqués, une vieille dame roumaine est entrée et une terrible avalanche de mots roumains s'est déclenchée. Blablablablaaaablablablablablabl....Elle arrêtait pas de parler (fort!) à l'autre madame de notre compartiment, qui a fini par se sauver car elle débarquait bientôt, la chanceuse. L'attention de la vieille pie roumaine s'est donc dirigé vers qui vous pensez? Le fait qu'on ne parle son langage ne la dérangeait pas ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic January 11th 2012

Short but sweet is how I would describe my second visit to Belgrade. I basically ate my favourite dish found in Serbia to date - Karadordeva snicla, went on a pubcrawl and left. I was put up by a friend of a friend that I had met the year before and was again blown away by Serbian hospitality and friendliness. I would have loved to have stayed longer in Belgrade, but time was pressing and I was en route to Novi Sad where I was to meet a friend made in Montenegro.... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic September 22nd 2011

Belgrade is a very urban city. I find it to be quite a lot like most US cities--function over form. People seem to work hard and play hard. The city is famous for its nightlife and there are indeed so many restaurants open 24 hours and cafes and bars closing very late. But the city is also full of parks and has some nice historical sites. One of the best things about this city is that two rivers meet here, the Danube and the Sava. All along these rivers are barges that serve as restaurants or nightclubs. There are also islands that are recreation areas. One surprising thing is that the city has a botanical garden with a beautiful Japanese bridge and pond. There is also a Chinese market but it very much caters to Serbian ... read more
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Sava and Danube

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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic August 31st 2011

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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic July 12th 2011

From now on I try to write mostly in English because I already gave the address to many non-german people. I spent two nights at Andras, a friend of my sister. The first evening we were out with colleagues of him, eating and drinking something. One colleague says he's pessimistic and says that is so dangerous. Hungary is the border of civilization and there are many unfriendly people in the next countries. But I think there will be much more friendly people than unfriendly. He cannot understand why someone is voluntarily going out of civilization. On Saturday I rode to the lake valencei-to, a good alternative to the Balaton lake, as Andras suggested. It was nice, but extremely windy, so I couldnt stay there long time, but I took a bath, of course. At next morning ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » West » Belgrade » Vranic June 9th 2011

I quoted Orwell in a previous blog (" We are all equal but some are more equal than others"). Here are four Communist paradoxes that were the credo of the former USSR's bloc countries: - Everybody works, but nothing gets produced - Nothing gets produced, but the production quotas were met 110% - Production quotas were met 110%, but stores had nothing to sell - Stores had nothing to sell, but the standard of life was continously growing. For those of us who grew up during the 'Cold War' and the time of the 'Iron Curtain' perhaps the memory of Tito, the now deceased leader of the former Yugoslavia, is hazy. I really had no understanding of the situation but I can recall my father saying that when Tito died 'all hell would break loose'. A ... read more




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