‘Great’ I thought! Easy trip.
New bus, divided highway straight from Niš to Belgrade.
They tried tinkering with the compressor to get the air conditioner working again, but didn’t make us travel without it. It was stifling in the bus after a few minutes with 32 oC outside.
We were an hour late after another bus picked us up.
Belgrade is a big city and hard to capture.
Especially when it’s the famous vibrant nightlife that I don’t stay up late enough for🙄
A video might be better! In fact, I did stumble across a film crew my first trip out to explore.
This is a typical street in Skadarlija, a great pedestrian friendly old part of town.
It had all the big buildings, statues and fountains you would expect in a capital city.
The fountains are used by everyone to take a drink, fill up their water bottles, wash their hands.
National Museum at the huge Republic Square.
It is the ‘Communist Crumble’ again.
But I love seeing renovations and contrasting architecture.
The city was heavily bombed in 1944, and unlike some other European cities, they didn’t have the money to rebuilt ‘as it was’.
This was deliberate in front of the Ethnographic Museum.
They had modern electric buses too but occasionally I would see these vintage trolley cars that said ‘gift from Japan or Switzerland’.
I ventured out a bit, but the big city noisy traffic on the major streets wasn’t appealing.
Looking back from across the Sava River
River boat nightclubs.
The Fortress on the hill overlooking merging of the Sava River to the Danube.
Love the distortion looking up!
The War Museum at the Fortress
It is VERY old here!
Kalemegdan Park adjoins the Fortress.
Looking down towards the new Emirate-funded Waterfront development with the futurist Kula Beograd (Belgrade Tower).
One of few old buildings to survive in the new development.
Then an uneventful trip to Subotica!
I’m at the northern edge of Serbia. Only 21 km north, as the bird flies, to Hungary.
Halfway between Belgrade and Budapest!
Subotica architecture is mainly art nouveau from it’s Austro-Hungarian glory days.
The centre of town is the Town Hall (1910) which fascinated me with all its angles, doors, abutments. Even a McDonalds!
The Town Hall is surrounded by interesting statues and fountains.
Across from the Town Hall was the Performing Arts Theatre.
And then all the tree-lined streets that radiated out!
It was shade heaven!
St Theresa of Avila Cathedral
Subotica Synagogue was built in 1902 and renovated in 2018.
“In memory of 4000 Jewish citizens with whom we loved and built Subotica. They perished in the Fascist death camps during World War II”
Franciscan Church of Saint Michael with ‘Easter Egg From the Heart’ painted by the Croatian painters from Podravina. A gift of friendship and Easter joy.
Bicycles are very popular here for people of all ages
And they use dedicated bike paths that look well established. Need to watch out!
These two-bite cheese biscuits must have Hungarian roots.
I had to buy some because they were identical to what someone makes in Canada from an old family recipe.
Cherries are on season. I had to buy the big ones!
Making my own salad plate with some cabbage salad from the deli in the bakery, along with chewy breadsticks.
Then on to Novi Sad, my last stop in Serbia.
The centre part of the country is flat and agricultural.
The heart of Novi Sad is Trg Slobode (Liberty Square).
It is bordered on one side by the Cathedral, (1895) in Neo-Gothic style.
It faces the City Hall (1895) which was built in the Neo-Renaissance style.
The centre is mainly pedestrian. The largest street is anchored at the far end by the Bishop’s Palace (1901) which is in Serbian-Byzantine style.
And then there are dozens of side streets with more churches, shops, cafes and restaurants.
And with another city, another Fortress!
Petrovaradin Fortress was built on the Danube River between 1692 and 1780, and is the second largest in Europe.
The big hands shows hours and the little hands show minutes so fishers could read the time from a distance.
Looking out at the Danube and a river cruise boat.
The Synagogue was built between 1906 and 1909 in Art Nouveau style. Today it is used mainly as a concert hall because of it’s excellent acoustics.
Dunavski (Danube Park)
So tomorrow it’s farewell to Serbia, and an eight hour bus to Sarajevo, Bosnia & Hercegovina.
Time is going quickly. Only four weeks left.