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Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad September 29th 2018

We have a long drive today; 4 hours and 240 miles across the Serbian border to Novi Sad, a city on the banks of the River Danube. I start the day with a shower. The shower gel is mint and nettle, so I am clean but smell like an enormous throat lozenge. Next, breakfast; we are served pancakes and home made plum jam which causes great excitement after 3 weeks of bread, cheese and ham. Then we set off for Serbia in a cloud of minty freshness. Most of what I know about Serbia comes from news reports on wars with its neighbours. This image was not helped when, in Ljubljana, a group of Serbs handed us a leaflet saying “Welcome to Serbia,” which seemed like rather an aggressive thing to do in the capital of ... read more
Novi Sad selfie
Petravaradin Fortress
Petravaradin Fortress

Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad July 19th 2018

7-19-18 Thursday. Novi Sad, Serbia. The name means “new garden,” a fitting name for a lovely city. Across the river from the city is a fortress on a hill. The group tour took us on foot through a lovely park then down a pedestrian street lined with outdoor cafes and pleasant shops to the large city square which featured a grand town hall with a bell tower, an impressive Catholic cathedral, some beautiful 19th century buildings, and an out-of-place austere modern structure. On our own, Simon and I walked a few blocks to see a large old brick domed synagogue ($1 entrance fee) with many stained glass windows and a very high stained glass ceiling. We popped into an old Orthodox church with a beautiful gilded alter and wonderful chandelier where we sneaked a couple of ... read more
Novi Sad, Serbia
Novi Sad, Serbia
Novi Sad, Serbia

Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad September 10th 2015

So… what’s on today. Travel to the border town of Szeged and cross into the province of Vojvodina in Serbia. Enjoy a stop in Novi Sad, the capital of the province, set on the River Danube and famed for its Petrovaradin Fortress Wake up call… 6.30am Bags out and Breakfast… 7.15am Departure… 8am Woke up and had a shower, packed and put our bags outside the room before heading down for breakfast. I love the concierge service, just put your bag out and it will arrive in your next hotel room… Unless you were Steph and Art who’s bags went missing. Steph got hers back when we arrived in Serbia, Tedon the other had did not get his back until Bucharest!!! What a stress… that’s a story for later. Breakfast was good, the usual holiday hotel ... read more
Serbian McDonalds
Mum Dancing in the Rain

Europe » Serbia » North August 12th 2015

Today we enter the Iron Gates (a gorge on the river Danube that has a fortress guarding this gorge). Problem is that they pass the fort at around 0600, so early start. Quite a few people on deck for this view. The fort comes into view and it is built on top of the rocks at the entrance to the Iron Gates gorge. Impressive sight and the Captain spins the ship on it's axis so both sides can see it. Chris is watching from the bedroom and gets a good view as well. The wind is blowing quite hard due to the gorge effect. It is also quite cool in comparison from the past few days. Then we enter the gorge. The cliffs are very steep and there are caves in the limestone everywhere. Go back ... read more

Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad August 10th 2015

Another day, another country. Border control is on board this morning but we don't have to front then this time, however, we have been told that we need to carry our passports while on shore. As we walk off, the Hotel Manager reads my t shirt (the perfect man one - has a giggle) and then says he is happy that I didn't have my Croatia t shirt on today - might not be politically correct - or good for my safety either.......... Our tour this morning takes in the local town of Novi Sad. Our local guide is a cracker (Jelena). She is about 40, has a 2 and a half year old, is a single mother and we nearly also found out lots of other info as well. She certainly didn't conform to the ... read more

Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad April 19th 2015

I'm so enjoying this holiday; not only is Hippie a wonderful traveling companion, but it's been educational and relaxing and just plain fun. I really wanted to experience a river cruise to better sell it moving forward, and being able to explore destinations I've not yet traveled to made this itinerary that more appealing to me. I also enjoyed exploring Hungary even more; my father is Hungarian and I feel that my roots are here; despite being born and raised Canadian. Being in Hungary reminds me of my grandmother, and her cooking, the decorations in her house and just the sights and smells; I'm sure it's more of an emotional response but it just makes me happy (if that makes sense.) We have now crossed over into Serbia, a country that I have much to learn ... read more
The 'hairy' flower
Novi Sad street scene
Novi Sad

Europe » Serbia » North » Novi Sad June 29th 2014

Today Mirela took me to Novi Sad, a town about an hour north of Belgrade. A cute place, and they were getting ready to host a huge music festival called the Exit festival a couple weeks after I would be there.... read more
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Orthodox church
Orthodox church

Europe » Serbia » North » Subotica December 13th 2013

Woolly says – A good start to the day with donuts for breakfast with honey and jam, I was very kind and allowed Jo to share a couple although I do wish she wouldn’t insist on wiping me down before allowing me to get into Ollie. With the skies dull and overcast we stormed off down the road leaving Bulgaria a blur in the background. Before I knew it we were at the border for Serbia our twenty first country of the year. We were all a little apprehensive about entering this country, officially known as the Republic of Serbia and one of the co-founders of the former Yugoslavia it has had many problems with its neighbour Kosovo and tensions can still bubble up. Customs greeted us warmly and having our passports stamped we were quickly ... read more
Funky Building
Rural Life in Serbia
The Approach to Belgrade

Europe » Serbia » North September 26th 2013

The Danube river flows through Serbia the country has its people with last name end with" ic" as the current Serbian president Tomislav Nikolic. The Serbian clock-making industry is even older than the world-famous Swiss one. The Serbs had their own clock 600 years before the Swiss did.The country has been topping the global raspberry export list for several years now. Even in 2012, almost 95% of the world’s raspberries came from Serbia. Serbia la nuoc van minh hon toi nghi va la nuoc an ninh hon la toi lo lang. Nguoi Serbia co dot dang be ngoai to lon , lon hon Phap. Ho giong My. Con nguoi Romania, Bulgalia thi da khong trang may, toc khong vang nhu dan My.Xa hoi Serbia co le van minh hon. Da so dan chung noi duoc tieng ... read more
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Europe » Serbia » North September 26th 2013

Slovenia will be celebrating its 23th birthday on June 25th 2014 after the country declared independence from Yugoslavia on June 25th 1991. Although Slovenia's total surface area is only around 20,000 km2, it has almost 10,000 km2 of forest, the third largest forest in Europe after Sweden and Denmark. In Slovenia, you can pay to stay in a prison cell at the Hostel Celica in Ljubljana. Old Vine in Maribor is over 400 years old and the oldest vine in the world. It still bears between 35 and 55 kilos of red grapes annually from which wine is produced. To get married in the church on Bled Island the groom must carry his bride up the 99 steps to ensure a long and happy marriage. Roi Croatia luc 6:50 sang va toi den Slovenia khoang 9 ... read more
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