Balkan Adventure 2014: Novi Sad-Belgrade

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August 29th 2014
Published: October 3rd 2014
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We were then in Novi Sad - a city in northern Serbia. As part of the intrepid itinerary, we visited a honey bee museum and (another) winery. We preferred this winery to the last - smaller, more intimate and more tastings! We also got to sample the local honey and a local honey-infused rakija (spirit). I bought a bottle to take home as a gift, and like the last winery, most people bought a bottle to share along the trip.

The next day, after a big walk to the old fortress, we were off to the capital Belgrade by train. I don't know what it is, maybe flashbacks of news reports coming back to me, but this city name had stuck in my mind so I really didn't know what to expect. It was a tired, older looking city, hilly with a vibrant centre and a spectacular view over the old fortress. We met our local guide for the afternoon, Boyjana, in the city centre. An eccentric older lady with multicolour fingernails, and a voice of a woman who had been smoking a pack a day for 80 years! She told us of the history of Belgrade - the ancient history. Which was interesting for awhile, but when you are visiting a region where the atrocities carried out in war seemed to have come mainly from the Serbs, you kinda want to know more, even if it was a totally biased view, at least it was a viewpoint. But she didn't want to talk about that. So we walked, took in the views and planned what we were going to do the next day. Later that night I went out with Darko and 3 others from our group Phil, Marie and Brit. According to Darko, Belgrade is THE place in the Balkans to party. After a few drinks in town (which was empty on a Thursday night) we went to one of the many nighclub 'rafts' along the river. It was just awesome nightclubs floating on the river. After an hour or 2 of dancing and breathing in second hand smoke,we decided to call it a night. The next day, after a late start, we went for lunch in the old bohemian quarter, and then we went out to the old fortress and to the war museum (where we saw Alan and he and Bill did a 'dodgy' money change in the park!). The war museum itself was good - showcasing everything from the invasion of the Ottoman Turks to World War 2. Bill loved it of course, taking lots of photos. After a day of walking around, we met part of our group for dinner.

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