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Serbia

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  • Day37

    We arrived from Dubai at about 12.30pm in the afternoon. Finally! After 7.5 hours with Fly Dubai from Bangkok to Dubai, 2.5 hour stopover and Dubai to Belgrade flight 5 hours & 45 minutes. 🛫✈️The entertainment screens weren't working the whole time 😬 so it was a bit boring but did manage to listen to some Backstreet Boys! 😉
    Immigration line took a little while but soon through to collect our luggage from the Fiat's boot (see photo!).
    We found a taxi driver whose prices were similar to what we Googled so went with that - 2200 Dinars, 20 minutes later we arrived at the Compass River City Hotel. 🚖🚕 The bargain of the century - $29AUD per night. 🏨 As our hotel was on the river there is no road access so we were dropped on the other side of a small park and trekked through. We checked in and straight away had a nap as we were buggered! In the evening we strolled down to the 'Intergalactic Diner' for a delicious hot dog and burger. Back to the hotel to sleep forever!!! 🍔🌭

    HOTEL - Compass River City Hotel
    INCLUSIONS - Breakfast and WIFI
    COMMON AREAS - Bar on the rooftop as well as a swimming pool!
    Lounge bar also on the deck below.
    ROOMS - They were small but they were clean, beds were super comfy, and shower was hot!
    LOCATION - It was peaceful being just out of the city but it was a bit too far, if we had bikes or rollerblades like the locals it would have been great! However the restaurants around were fabulous, if we stayed in the city we wouldn't have experienced them.
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  • Day38

    Body clock a bit out of whack... Waking up at 5.00am! 😐 We headed up to the restaurant for breakfast, due to low numbers on the boat breakfast was A La Carte so a huge egg & veggie breakfast it was. From this point I'd been sick from Saturday 6th of May with stomach pains so had to be careful what I had. 🤢🤒
    We had a quick Google of the sights and decided to visit the Belgrade Fortress, just a short walk away.... WRONG! 😡😮😭 One icy-pole, a drink stop, a huge bridge to climb, 100 pitstops 'admiring the view' or 'tying my shoelace' (whilst wearing slip-ons!), we arrived about 50 minutes later however it felt like hours. We didn't realise how huge it was, beautiful gardens and Military Museum in the middle. 😍🌲🌸 After exploring for a few hours we ventured back to the hotel via the city & a supermarket buying some ingredients for sandwiches which is where my next story starts.... 🥙😂🤣

    Sitting back in the room on the bed, two bites into Q's sandwich I'm thinking 'I wonder what's really in that meat he bought' so I decide to turn to the old faithful, Google... I'm mortified to read the list of ingredients and he spits his sandwich straight out! Let's say I'm glad I passed on his offer to try some. This sliced meat contained hearts, pigs ears and languages... Languages?! Gosh you could only imagine... Straight into the bin outside!!! 😦🤢😨
    For dinner we went to a restaurant on the river nearby called 'Gabbiano', soup for me to keep it basic for my tummy and pasta for Q - pretty delicious and great service. As we walked out we were both still feeling hungry & I was finally starting to feel better so... SECOND DINNER TIME! (Naughty!) I remembered seeing a crepes place on Google so two doors down we found the place where we were about to put back all on all the calories we'd just lost that day. Snickers crepe for me! YUM! It didn't disappoint and we practically​ rolled back to the hotel! Haha. 🥞🥞
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  • Day39

    Buffet breakfast on offer this morning - YUM! 😍 Lots to choose from, something for everyone. ☕🌭🥞🥚🍞🥐 After filling up on the most important meal of the day, we caught the bus (Bus 72) out to the airport to visit the Aeronautical Museum. 🛩️🚁🛬 It cost 600 Dinars per adult and we spent about an hour here viewing the war planes & helicopters from the Yugoslav Air Force and Serbian Air Force plus a few others. It's really interesting to see, I'd love to be able to hop into more of the aircraft's but only allowed in one. The museum is starting to look really run down which is a shame for this wonderful collection​.
    We bussed back to the hotel after a lucky guess as to what stop to get off at, quick lunch of sandwiches (no meat this time!) And a nap! 🚃🛏️
    In the evening we walked to the harbour to catch a sightseeing cruise but after realising they left from the other side of the river (near the fortress on day one) and sprinting there... We couldn't decide which one to go on so opted for dinner instead as we were hanging for a drink 😋 🍸🍝
    We caught the trusty bus 72 back towards our hotel which saved some time 😊🚃
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  • Day53

    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 rat..one or the other.

    Ok, had a rest, I'm off to Croatia
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  • Day24

    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

  • Day26

    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

  • Day2

    The best hotel I have ever had....just to see the pictures....

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