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Train travel to Serbia

Some Slovenian history – from the mid 14th century Austria controlled Slovenia until 1918. After WW1 western Slovenia was handed to Italy as Austro – Hungarian post war repatriations and the northern part stayed with Austria. The remainder joined fellow south slavs in forming the kingdom of the serbs, Croats and Slovenes – later Yugoslavia.

WW2 ended with Slovenia regaining Italian held areas from Piran to Bovec but losing Trieste. In post war Yugoslavia Tito was a liked and by some still missed communist leader. By the 1980's the federation was increasingly serb dominated and Slovenes feared losing their political autonomy. Slovenia broke away from Yugoslavia in 1991 which resulted in the 10 day war.. They joined the EU in 2004

Hvala…thank you Slovenia for a marvellous 5 nights - wish I could have styed longer

The train is pretty empty so we spead out – it will be a long 9 hour journey to the border of Croatia, right across northern Croatia and into Serbia. The first hour was again through pretty Slovenian scenery – there does not seem to be any part of this country that is not attractive,. Initially through high mountains and along deep gorges with a rushing river, castle and little villages, changed to a wide peaceful green river near Radece with wooded hills and villages and churches dotted along the riverfront. We were following the Sava River that was periodically dammed.

We arrived at the border of Croatia at 10.10am and immigration officials came through the train. On a train beside us were many tanks and army vehicles

We left for Zagreb at 10.20am and arrived in at 10.50am. It felt much poorer than Slovenia with way more graffiti as we came into Zagreb

Left at 11.10am and had some gypsies come through begging before they were removed by the conductor

The scenery was now very flat with fields growing crops and poor looking villages

Passports stamped again as we left Croatia at 3.15pm

At 3.30pm we stopped in Serbia for about 15 minutes while our passports were stamped again

The toilets on this train are so disgusting I dare not use them so have been hanging on and not drinking any water. Nowhere to buy food so just as well we came prepared with lots of food!

We pulled into Belgrade station at 5.30pm to a very unkempt poor looking station. I headed straight to the toilets which were squat toilets and started getting some water into my dehydrated little body! We changed some money into Dinars and as there were no directions to walk to the hostel I borrowed a local serbian's phone and called the hostel. The owner very kindly said he would come and meet us.

Belgrade is a big busy city with ver a million people. The infrastructure looks poor and there isa lots of grafitti. We were met by Daniel who walked us the 1/2 km to the hostel up a little cobble stoned street. He pointed out a restaurant nearby with good serbian food. The hostel is on the 5th floor of a building and is very comfortable and welcoming. We headed back to the station to find out about train times to Hungary - another 8 hour journey ! Serbian trains are not fast !! On the way back had dinner at the restaurant in an atmospheric decorated local restaurant. We started with shared starters with an assortment of sliced meats, a sort of profiterole looking bread and relishes. They were delicious. Next I had lamb soup and salad followed by a dessert soaked in honey.Very sweet and just had a taste of that. Food is very cheap and our meal cost1800 Dinar (about $25 AUD)

Back the hostel Daniel gave out liquor chocolates to everyone and we chatted for hours with Emma an Indian girl from the UK who lives in New York and works at Credit Suisse who is travelling for 2 years. We had a lot in common - love of travel and hiking and especially in that we have both have husbands who are not interested in backpacking!

On thread agin - off to Serbia

On thread agin - off to Serbia


Mum at the station with our luggage

Mum at the station with our luggage


Zavikaj - our starters

Zavikaj - our starters


Station

Station


Border of Slovenia and Croatia

Border of Slovenia and Croatia


Train departure board - off to Belgrade or Beograd

Train departure board - off to Belgrade or Beograd


Our train for 9 hours

Our train for 9 hours


Serbian restaurant

Serbian restaurant


Zavicaj Restaurant

Zavicaj Restaurant


Mums big beer

Mums big beer


Mum

Mum


Border

Border


Zabgreb station in Croatia

Zabgreb station in Croatia


Handy little bag conveyor up station steps!

Handy little bag conveyor up station steps!


Rundown Serbian station

Rundown Serbian station

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Serbia

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