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    • Day21

      Belgrad

      April 17 in Serbia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      In nur 33 Minuten gelangt man seit ende März von Novi Sad nach Belgrad mit einem nagelnagelneuem Zug der Firma StadlerRail. Topmodern wurde die Strecke mitsamt allen Bahnhöfen entlang der Strecke neu gebaut (mit Unterstützung der Freunden aus Russland und China) und am 21. März eröffnet. Als Promo gibt es die Strecke für faire 300 Dinar (knappe CHF 2.50) pro Weg / Person. Im Wandel ist auch die Hauptstadt Serbien’s, überall wird gebaut, alte Viertel mit Plattenbauten werden durch Bürokomplexe internationaler Firmen ersetzt. Der alte Bahnhof an Ufer der Save gibt es auch nicht mehr. Ein neuer Bahnhof wurde etwas ausserhalb gebaut und an Stelle des alten Bahnhof’s entsteht ein komplett neues Viertel (Belgrade Waterfront) mit vielen Hochhäusern und einer schicken Flaniermeile entlang der Save und Donau (die hier in Belgrad zusammenkommen). Thomas war bereits mehrmals hier und staunt ab den grossen Veränderungen in so kurzer Zeit.

      Wir bleiben insgesamt 4 Tage in Belgrad. Die ersten beiden Tage herrschen sommerliche Temperaturen und die Stadt lebt richtig, Touristen aus Nah und Fern mischen sich unter die Einheimischen und bevölkern die Café’s, Bar’s und Restaurant’s der Stadt. Wir geniessen die herrliche Atmosphäre und lassen uns treiben, spielen Kniffel in der Parkanlage Kalemegdan und geniessen das günstige und äusserst leckere einheimische Bier (CHF 1.50 der halbe Liter) und das deftige serbische Essen (viel Fleisch). Nach dem Sommerhoch holt uns der Frühling aber wieder ein und die Temperaturen sinken wieder auf 15 Grad. Heiss zu und her geht es dann beim Fussball Derby zwischen Roter Stern und Partizan. 40’000 heissblütige Zuschauer verwandeln das Marakana Stadion in Belgrad in einen wahren Hexenkessel.

      Bei Nieselregen lassen wir den letzten Tag ruhig angehen, waschen wieder mal unsere Kleider und planen unsere Weiterreise. Unsere Kleider haben eine Wäsche dringend nötig, leider darf man in Serbien noch immer in allen Lokalitäten rauchen und so schmeckt man nach kurzer Zeit wie ein Aschenbecher und die Augen brennen. Da tut frische Luft doch gut, darum entscheiden wir uns auf ein paar Tage im Nationalpark Tara als nächster Stopp.
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      Traveler

      Genial, was ihr in so kurzer Zeit bisher alles erlebt habt! Super auch eure ausführlichen Beschreibungen! 🤗

      4/20/22Reply
       
    • Day20

      Die Apfelbarone vor Belgrad

      April 24 in Serbia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Sirig - Belgrad
      109 km / 450 hm

      Als uns um 07:00 Uhr der Wecker und der Gockel vom Bauernhof in der Ferne aus den Schlaf holen, wissen wir, dass es Zeit ist. Wir tuckern entlang vieler Plantagen von Apfelbaronen und bestaunen die dazugehörigen Schlösschen. Das Thermometer macht einen Ausflug auf 26 Grad und heizt uns gut ein ☀️ Auf dem Weg sehen wir immer wieder halbfertige Bauwerke, die von Bäumen & Störchen zurückerobert werden. Als uns der Hunger langsam einholt, stellen wir fest, dass am Ostersonntag (in Serbien 1 Woche später) sich nur einen mit der Familie im Garten einen hinter die Binde gekippt und nicht gegessen wird 🍻 Wir werden an einer Dutzend Wirtshäuser zum nächsten weitergeordert, selbst in unserem Ziel Belgrad tun wir uns sehr schwer etwas zu finden. Aber am Ende wurden wir fündig. Belgrad selbst ist grüner als gedacht, die schiefen Betonhochhäusern sind auf Erdbeben bestens vorbereitet. Als Bleibe dient wieder ein Hostel, wo wir die salzkrustigen Klamotten endlich einer Pflegekur übergeben können. Dann kostet das Windschattenfahren weniger Überwindung 😅Read more

    • Day63

      Belgrade, Serbia

      August 1 in Serbia ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

      We made it to the capital of Serbia (not Siberia - I have to keep reminding myself that). The kids had a rough car ride this go around, which means our grown up energy was lower than usual. The normal kid things, "she looked at me" or " she's touching me" kind of things. Everyone was ready to get out of the car. We decided to take them to a park, feed them and the venture to the zoo before checking into our hotel.

      The girls decided they would nickname this zoo either "The Zoo of White Animals" or "The Wolf Zoo." This zoo had white lions, white tigers, white wolves, fancy white birds and white swans. Dozens of large artic wolves were spread throughout the zoo. One of them even had a baby and it was so cute! The girls were surprised to find a momma kangaroo with a little baby joey just chilling in her pouch. It was so adorable. Something a bit less cute, but still memorable was watching a hippo splatter poop all over the wall. My favorite animal, the peacock, just roamed as they pleased throughout the zoo grounds. And once we were caught off guard by a beautiful rooster hanging out behind a bush. We also saw a full grown bermise python, which reminded me how glad I am that Seth did not keep his snakes I bought him years ago. Too big for me!

      The zoo was built within old fortress walls, so you could see this cool fortress while touring the zoo. Along one of the fortress walls there was a stone ramp with ponies. One of the ponies just trotted right up to the girls and nuzzled Addy through the cage. Pretty fun! It made for a unique layout for sure. It also offered a cafe (with actual good coffee) and ice cream around every turn. They were strategic about some of these and placed one near the petting zoo and playground, so parents could relax. We definitely took advantage of this. Lastly, we hit the park. We had to pull them away for check-in, but it was fun while it lasted.

      This zoo made them miss their NC cousins, because it had some of Ada and Mae's favorite animals! We love and miss those girls!

      We ended our day with a second ice cream (made from unicorn rainbow milk) and a real burger with a bun! We have not seen a burger with a bun in quite sometime, because here a burger is just the meat usually.

      Everyone went to bed surprisingly early, despite their second ice cream. Tomorrow we are off yet again to see another piece of Serbia.
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      Traveler

      wait... That's not a tree!

      8/3/22Reply
      Traveler

      Serbian tree

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      Cover Girl

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    • Day10

      Belgrade

      July 14 in Serbia ⋅ ⛅ 37 °C

      [JJ] Hahahah, well things certainly just got interesting. I guess this is proper travelling now. Our plan today was to catch a coach first from Budapest to Belgrade, then immediately onto Skopje having already bought tickets for both journeys. But as Murphy's law teaches us, what could go wrong definitely will go wrong. Our coach was delayed by almost 6 (SIX) hours after a combination of long waits at the EU border crossing, and a heavy crash on the main motorway into Belgrade. We attempted to distract ourselves by discussing the nuances of swimming the Shropshire Union Canal, but ultimately reality hit us hard and fast when we finally set foot in the Serbian capital.

      Belgrade is most definitely the most alien feeling place either of us have ever been by a longgg way. Honestly it felt like stepping back in time, and neither of us were (or still are) able to use the internet without incurring giant roaming charges either, so working basically anything out was out of the question. Somehow though we blagged our way into buying a ticket on another bus despite not even being able to read the alphabet, never mind understand the language. In fact, we comically didn't even understand how much we'd paid for the ticket. Then we might've even bribed a guy at the ticket gates but we're not entirely sure? Regardless, we're here, wherever here is, and heading out of Serbia (thank god) !
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    • Day7

      Belgrade

      August 8 in Serbia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Belgrade

      After another early morning visit to the spa, I enjoyed a delicious breakfast - the best to date on this trip.

      Regrettably I only had a short time in Belgrade - Serbia’s capital, situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava rivers. I had visited the city before and had spent some time exploring it, so it was just a flying visit this time. Belgrade can initially impress as a rather forbidding city, but you can’t help but marvel at its great Soviet monoliths and art nouveau masterpieces. The hotel Mockba / Moskva / Moscow is an art nouveau icon dating from 1908. It was formerly the Rossiya Palace, and acted as the Gestapo headquarters during World War 2. Its famous residents have included Alfred Hitchcock, Albert Einstein, Novak Djokovic, Frank Sinatra, Tom Hanks, Alain Delon, Audrey Hepburn and Robert Fyfe.

      I enjoyed a morning walk around Belgrade centre, taking in Republic Square, the Serbian Parliament and Topcider Gardens. I then made my way to the Nikola Tesla airport to catch the Air Serbia flight to my next destination - Skopje, North Macedonia.
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      Traveler

      Sounds interesting and nice to have time to chill out x

      8/8/22Reply
      Margaret Morris

      Your having a fantastic trip Robert. Enjoying your very interesting and informative blogs. 🥰

      8/8/22Reply
      Ken Christie

      Fantastic trip and most interesting blogs . Photos superb

      8/9/22Reply
      Traveler

      What an interesting trip Robert. Sounds great. X

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    • Day6

      Montenego - Kotor / Bar

      August 7 in Serbia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      Satisfied that I had exhausted the touristic potential of the capital, I felt it was time to escape Podgorica to another part of Montenegro. The Hotel Kerber had been fine in that old fashioned Yugoslavian way, right down to the unsmiling staff, but it was time to move on. On checking out, I commented on the lack of electricity the night before, and the receptionist grimaced and shrugged and said: ‘Well, that happens’. Have a nice day to you too, Miss!

      I decided to take the morning bus on the two hour trip to the Montenegrin coast and the resort of Kotor. Once again the scenery was amazing as we climbed high into the mountains, before descending into the Bay of Kotor with fabulous views of the resort area, including the Old Town. Apparently it’s been described as southern Europe’s most spectacular fjord. I dumped my luggage at the Garderoba and headed straight to the beach. At last I was able to cool off from the searing heat in the beautiful waters of the Adriatic Sea. I could have stayed in the sea all day. So this why so many folk flock to Montenegro! The beaches were certainly packed with sun-worshippers from all over Europe. I enjoyed a tasty Chinese lunch overlooking the Bay, before exploring the very pretty, if touristy, Old Town. Stray cats basked in the sun, and I was sorry not to have time to visit the Cats Museum, home to all things feline, in tribute to the moggies who have been part of this area since its seafaring days.

      Time to be on the move again, and I caught the (typically late) afternoon bus to Bar. The trip down the Adriatic coast was beautiful, allowing glimpses of various resorts, including Sven Stefan - a fortified island now part of the luxurious Aman resort, and apparently Montenegro’s most photographed site. I’m afraid my photo from a busy, bumpy bus does not do it justice.

      Tonight I was staying at a more upmarket hotel - the 4 star Agape Hotel in Bar town centre. It was pure luxury to get out of the heat, shower and change, and enjoy the surroundings of this newly opened hotel. Danilo, the friendly young man on reception suggested a walking route round the town and recommended a good restaurant for dinner. Bar is really a Port Town where you can catch the Bar - Bari ferry (Montenegro to Italy). It seems a bit more down-at-heel than some of the other resorts in the area, but still possesses a lengthy, busy city beach with the usual assortment of bars and cafés. Indeed a rock concert, Summer Under The Stars, was on the night I visited. Some improvements have been made in the town centre such as dancing water fountains, which delighted the kids. The church of St Jovan Vladimir looked stunning, with the evening sunshine reflecting off its (real gold) domes. If you like brutalist architecture (which I do!) Robna Kuca mall was a great example of a concrete shopping area, and Danilo’s recommendation of the Marnar (Seaman) restaurant was a good one. Lovely surroundings and ample portions made this an obvious family favourite place to eat. My Wiener Schnitzel was very tasty though huge (and suspicially more like pork than veal). A doggie bag was in order for tomorrow’s long journey!
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    • Day7

      Montenegro to Serbia Train Trip

      August 8 in Serbia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

      THE BAR - BELGRADE TRAIN TRIP

      After a good night’s sleep and a delicious breakfast at the Hotel Agape, Bar (not a burek or cevapi in sight!) Danilo called me a taxi, carried my luggage, and bid me a very pleasant trip. He obviously did not train at the Yugoslavian School of Hospitality.

      The Bar - Belgrade train journey is described as one of the most scenic in Europe, and was one of the highlights of the trip which I had been looking forward to. It’s a marvel of engineering with 254 tunnels and 435 bridges. Construction started in the 1950s but was only completed in 1976, and was opened by President Tito himself.

      My single ticket to cover the length of this marathon 11.5 hour journey cost only 21 Euros - a real bargain. Bar station has one café which only sold drinks. When I expressed surprise that there was no buffet car on board, the proprietrix responded ‘well, you should be prepared!’ Thank goodness for the doggy bag of Wiener (pork) schnitzel and the free water I brought from the hotel.

      As is sadly common in many East European trains, the train itself was covered in graffiti - no Orient Express this! As I said there were no catering facilities on board, and the toilets left a lot to be desired. Safe to say, I was glad I had brought my own supply of wet wipes and hand sanitizer! For some reason since COVID, this international train has been reduced to 3 carriages, which made little sense as it was packed. To complicate matters, the website recommended ignoring seat reservations and sitting anywhere. This caused quite a few heated arguments between local folk and backpackers, with much in the way of high raised voices and even higher raised arms.

      However, we were here for the journey - and what a spectacular one it was! Although an older train, the seating was plush and comfortable, and I wisely followed the advice and sat on the left hand side to enjoy the best views. After following the Adriatic coast on leaving Bar, the train soon moved inland, skirting Lake Skadar. Then a gradual climb into the mountains, higher and higher and crossing over what was, until recently, the highest railway bridge in Europe. Plunging into numerous tunnels of varying lengths at such great heights, you couldn’t help but wonder how the railway came to be built. After a while, the rugged bare mountains gave way to rolling tree-covered hills, and then green valleys dotted with small homesteads. There is an excellent 10 minute video on YouTube with the highlights of this wonderful train trip for anyone who is interested (warning, there is a bit when the train hits and kills a horse! 😞 ).

      Amazingly the train arrived at Belgrade’s Centar Station only 10 minutes late after a fantastic 11.5 hour long trip. I took a taxi to my favourite hotel in Belgrade - The Mockba (Moscow). I was in time to enjoy the last hour in the beautiful Wellness Spa, and had the place all to myself - a wonderful way to soak and relax after one of the most memorable train journeys I have been on.
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      Aileen Johnston

      Sounds like a very scenic last few days. Love the pictures

      8/8/22Reply
      Traveler

      Oh love the sound of that journey xx

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    • Sep27

      Belgrad

      September 27, 2021 in Serbia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

      Die Save entspringt nahe der österreichisch/slowenischen Grenze und mündet nach 940 km bei Belgrad in die Donau. 1,6 Mio Einwohner hat die Hauptstadt Serbiens, die übersetzt „weiße Stadt“ bedeutet, etwa.
      Sehenswürdigkeiten: Braucht sie keine.
      In ihrer Historie wurde die Stadt 44 mal zerstört/angegriffen. Entsprechend bunt ist die Architektur der Gebäude (auch Cocktail-Architektur genannt). Abends werden die Straßen voll und in den zahlreichen Cafés, Cocktail-Bars und Restaurants sitzt man lange zusammen und erzählt.
      Die Stadt und ihre Einwohner strahlen eine Gelassenheit aus, die fast ein wenig mediterran wirkt.

      Absolut empfehlenswert ist eine geführte Stadttour, in der man die Historie besser kennenlernt und dazu die kleinen Anekdoten und Orte nähergebracht bekommt.

      Morgen geht es weiter nach Novi Sad und dann steht noch Budapest an. Am 04.10. reise ich mit dem Zug von München wieder nach Hause.
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      Traveler

      Oh … hatte er auch mal die Nase gebrochen ?

      9/27/21Reply
      Traveler

      Das sieht cool aus 🤗

      9/27/21Reply
      Traveler

      Sehr schön 🤩

      9/27/21Reply
      Traveler

      Das sieht cool aus 👍

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    • Day2

      Kreuz und quer

      August 28, 2021 in Serbia ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

      Erst gab's Frühstück und Mittagsschlaf im Hostel und dann ging die Erkundungstour los. Zum Hauptplatz, zur Altstadt und retour zum schönen Park mit Festung. Immer wieder wurde ich vom Regen eingeholt, aber ich bin jetzt ja mit einem Schirm ausgestattet 🤣Read more

    • Day2

      Regen in Belgrad

      August 28, 2021 in Serbia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Nach einer 17h Busfahrt und vielen Infos über Hauswurzen, bin ich in Belgrad gelandet. Es ist verregnet und kalt. Darauf war ich nicht vorbereitet. Drum gab es als erstes Souvenir nun einen Regenschirm. Leider erst gegen Ende meines Spazierganges. Ich hab schon einige schöne Dinge gesehen und mein Hostel gefunden.Read more

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