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  • Christian Blasiak
    Hotel Bali Collosseum in Be... 13h
    Traveled in 8 countries
  • Jemi y Flo
    Beograd, Serbien 3w
    Traveled in 7 countries
  • Markus Bader
    Belgrad 5w
    Traveled in 9 countries
  • stpors
    Beograd, Skardalija 5w
    Traveled in 3 countries

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  • Arrived early evening, quick walk into town, but no time to see much due to the border issues mentioned in last post.

    However, we had a great tour at night in and under an incredible fortification here. Again, this is an area where armies marched in and out of.... usually after a beating as the fort was never breached. Even during the 2 World Wars, it survived untouched. It is only a few years ago that the last enemies bombed this town, but this time it was NATO, and it was part of beating Serbia into backing off from Bosnia.

    John from Reno took this shot, on the ship heading downriver to Novi Sad. Just after this, the crew took the Croatian flag down and flew the Serbian flag as we crossed a line on the map.
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  • MADE IT TO serbia (just). I've purposely stayed off toL roads and motorways just so I could see more of the country, villages, people etc. It often takes twice as long to go from place to place because your constantly slowing down for villages, the roads are as good, you have to do more distance,and there is any manner of farm machinery and animals on the road. Country roads in Romania are country roads!!!!I I passed through villages where families spend their Sunday drying and husking hand picked corn cobs, manually cutting and stacking hay and moving it all around with a horse and dray.

    Something that is exciting is coming around a corner, at reasonable speed, to find a slow moving horse cart on your side of the road and 2 or 3 of the biggest softest freshest cow pads you have ever seen on the other side. I now know for a fact that fresh cow shit is slippperier than oil on a road. I went around the dray more than slightly sideways when the rear wheel let go. The farmer's surprised look was nothing compared to mine. For the next 2 or 3 kms all I could smell was fresh shit, I didn't want to stop and check under the bike in case it was clean and the smell was coming from somewhere else 😨.

    Crossing into Serbia was something else. Bridge across the DANUBE, through the border check post ("welcome to Serbia, we don't get many Australians coming through on a motorbike - good luck!!!, hey, what's that smell?"). Then follow the Daube for about 40 kms of absolutely beautiful motorbike roads. The river cuts deep through valleys and the road follows it, sometime at river level, sometimes what seems a coiple of hundred meters higher. Best bit of road so far.....

    I had put the hotel address into my GPS and was expecting to get to Belgrade around 3.30pm. Was staying in the middle of the city so wanted to miss the rush hour. My navigation skills have always been a bit suspect and I ended up 65 kms from Belgrade in a small broken down village in front of a dilapidated hay shed - about $75 a night, you gotta be kidding. As I was riding in I kept thinking, Belgrade pretty small for the capital of Serbia.

    Got to the hotel at 5.30 pm in the middle of rush hour (and there is no rush hour like a Serbian rush hour!!!) To find the hotel was on a one way street and it and all the surrounding streets had been blocked of by police (had the farmer rung ahead to say that an idiot on a motorbike had killed his horse by scaring it to death?). After an hour of trying to get to the hotel I did what L the Serb drivers were doing - I rode around the barricade, upon to the footpath and then the wrong way down a one way street. I checked into the hotel (receptionist asked how I got through as no one had been able to book in for the last 3 hours) and asked if there was somewhere I could hide my motorbike - mission accomplished.

    Belgrade is a big fairly Industrial town with a bit of greenery - I saw a chipmunk, or or the other.

    Ok, had a rest, I'm off to Croatia
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  • Good day, more to come after we eat.... again.
    Just finished another fantastic dinner which was preceeded by a Serbian professor giving a very balanced account of the conflicts in these areas. It has been quite enlightening to hear (well educated) tour guides give very carefully considered and appropriate commentaries about the area and their neighbours. Have even tipped these Serbian guides as they have given very informative and well balanced accounts.
    Belgrade is a city of parks amd dogs. I thought it was quite funny to see a dalmatian dog in one of the parks today in Serbia!
    This is potentially a very nice city but there are beautiful buildings and then bombed out ruins. Apparently it's too expensive to demolish the ruins so they just leave them.

    We went ona bike tour this afternoon along the river Sava and to an island that is set up like a communist holiday resort. Was great to be on a bike and be out in the fresh air (apart from all the smokers).
    Apparently the route we took was full of migrants a couple of weeks ago. There have been 200,000 migrants through Belgrade recently with 95% of them male with no families. Suggestion is that this is a planned strategy - and not what the media are portraying it as.

    Tomorrow we stay on board and travel through Iron Gates and into Romania.

    Coffee in Belgrade and having a swim on board after the bike ride. It warmed up today, so great day to ride.
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  • We arrived late yeasterday afternoon in Belgrade, Serbia and were treated to a wonderful home cooked Serbian meal. Marija, one of Rebecca's Whitehall Inn girls, and her husband Luka were our amazing chefs & hosts. They introduced us to many Serbian foods and customs. We had a great time catching up, meeting their beautiful baby and enjoying all the food. Today, they showed us the lively Belgrade Beach with tons of summer activities. Marija & Luka took us to a restaurant designed in the style of a traditional Serbian home. Again we had some awesome local food and conversation. They were wonderful hosts who suggested many things for us to do or see while we are in Belgrade. After an afternoon of shopping in the trendy shopping district where our room is located, we took Marija & Luka's suggestion and went to the Bohemian Quarter on Skadarlija street for yet another amazing local meal. We think there is definitely a pattern developing during our travels... We REALLY like to try the local food. We are looking forward to catching up with Theodora & Alessandra tomorrow. T & Alex worked at the Whitehall Inn during the 2nd season. And, of course, additional sight seeing & sampling local fare.Read more

  • Today we were treated to another wonderful day in Belgrade with two more of Rebecca's Whitehall girls, sisters Theodora and Sandra with their boyfriends Ivan and Sladjan. We met up for an incredible lunch followed by a walk around the city center learning more about the history of Belgrade. We walked thru Kalemegdan Park to see the imposing Belgrade Fortress located at the junction of the Danube & Sava rivers. We learned the Sava river was the border between the Ottoman Empire & the Austrio-Hugarian Empire. Ottoman influences on this side of the river are easy to spot. Later we crossed the bridge and saw the Austrian influences. It was so much fun learning about the complex history of this incredible city. Similar to all areas of what was once Yugoslavia, a single block will have a beautiful, centuries old building next door to a modern structure next door to a bombed, burned out remnant. Every step, every corner brings something wonderful to see. We ended our day at another amazing restaurant styled to look like the manufacturing plant it once was. Sitting under a canopy of red umbrellas with yet more awesome food and local wine was a perfect end to a perfect day.Read more