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Walking Tour around this turbulent city

It was nice warm day around 30 degrees today with high humidity so it was pretty hot walking around from 10am until 4.30pm. Our little feet were burning hot when we came back to the hostel to rip off our shoes and set our tootsies free!.

Did some trip planning this morning and to reduce a long travel day to get from Bratislava to Krakow next week did some more research and will now go to Vienna on Sunday instead of that being our last place and will stay instead in Linz that last night.

Went to a money changer and changed 50 Euro into Dinar - as you can see from the prices below it is very cheap here

Expenses: 50 Dinar coke - 60 c AUD 500 Dinar - 2 daily bus tickets $6.29 AUD 282 Dinar - lunch $3.80 AUD 120 Dinar -Rasberries $1.30 AUD 3300 Dinar - Dinner $40 AUD 110 dinar - Ice-cream $1.40 AUD 550 dinar - food for train $6.90 lunch 3800 Dinar - 2 train tickets to Budapest $48 AUD

Belgrade is the largest city in Serbia and the capital of this democratic republic. Thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, and intersection of Western and Oriental Europe, Belgrade has been fought over in 115 wars and razed to the ground 44 times. As a result there is no distinct architectural style but a mixture of Austrian, Ottoman and communist. In 1521 Belgrade was conquered by the Ottomans, and there followed a period of tug-of war between the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, who took turns destroying the city. Belgrade was also the capital of Yugoslavia from it's inception as a kingdom in1918, throughout the post World War II socialist era, right up until the war in 1990's when Yugoslavia was dissolved. Leaving the hostel we walked up the road to a local market recommended by our hostel host and bought some cherries and raspberries very cheaply $1.50- $2 AUD. This is where locals shop each day for their food

Walked past the beautiful Moscow Hotel - the oldest hotel in Belgrade and met up with the 11am free walking tour ( Belgrade Walking tour) under the horse monument in Republic Square that went until 1.30pm.

Skadarlija- It is a small very cobblestoned street full of a lot of restaurants, or Kafana's as they are called.This is probably the best Bohemian street in the world with bright decorated restaurants and seating out in the street.. There are more than twenty kafana's in this area serving Serbian food and coffee .

While here our guide gave us each a small cup pf her grandfathers home made cherry reikia ( not sure how to spell it but it is a brandy liquor) which is 70 -80% alcohol It nearly took my breath away but was very nice if I sipped it slowly

The second longest river in Europe, the Danube connects Belgrade with world seas - the North Sea, at Rotterdam, through the Rhine-Main- Danube Canal and the Black Sea, into which it flows. Belgrade is nestled at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers,

Some of things our walk included: Old Bohemian Quarter Ottoman Heritage and mosque from 1575 - only 1 in town Kalemegdon Park Belgrade fortress Confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers Cathedral Church Kafana ? - its name is the question mark

Finished at a beautiful pedestrian shopping street full of very cool and interesting cafes and shops. It was huge and also had fountains at one end. There were so many people around into the evening and the place has a great vibe

We grabbed some pizza for a corner outlet for a late lunch. Really cheap lunch for both of us for $3.80 AUD.

The guide had recommended to go to the other side of town by the river a lovely Austrian part of town that is avery old with cobblestoned streets and many cafes along the riverfront called Zemun. We got directions from naif centre to a bus stop to catch the 84 or 706 and 707 as the faster more direct route. She was hard to understand and we promptly forget her directions, We found a kiosk where all transport tickets must be pre-purchased and then validated own boarding . The lady could not understand what we were asking to purchase so am who could speak a little english helped out with translating and then redirected u stop the bus top. It was not easy to find but we eventually got there. Buses come every few minutes and this was a huge double length but was in very bad shape.

Serbia has 25% unemployment with lots of graffiti and you can tel the country i spoor with not greta infrastructure as there are deep dangerous holed to fall into on the footpaths, and buses and trains are very old and derelict looking.

It was a short 15 minute ride and we wandered around in the heat until we found the area by the river which was very attractive and a lovely getaway so close to the busy city centre.

We walked back to our lovely hostel which is in such a great location. and only cost me 9E a night. I left Mum to go to the station to buy our train tickets to Budapest tomorrow morning. They were 1900 Dinar or $24 AUD each for an 8 1/2 train ride

After a rest out of the heat we walked back to Bohemian Quarter for traditional serbian dinner of lamb and potatoes which was enough to eat an army. I have never eaten so much meat . Brad and my carnivore boys would love eating here. It was very pretty and atmospheric with traditional Serbian musicians playing in the street.

Try and say this street name!

Try and say this street name!


Fortress

Fortress


Fortress and Victor monument

Fortress and Victor monument


Bohemian street

Bohemian street


Local markets 160 dinar is $2 AUD

Local markets 160 dinar is $2 AUD


Kafar restaurants in Bohemian Street

Kafar restaurants in Bohemian Street


Cobblestoned streets

Cobblestoned streets


The walking tour

The walking tour


Cobblestones

Cobblestones


Our guide

Our guide


Fortress

Fortress


Fortress from Roman Times

Fortress from Roman Times


Cheap cherries

Cheap cherries


Fortress

Fortress


Belgrade

Belgrade


Swans on the Danube River

Swans on the Danube River


Victor Monument

Victor Monument


First school building

First school building


Confluence of Sava and  Danube Rivers

Confluence of Sava and Danube Rivers


Belgrade

Belgrade


Oldest kafar

Oldest kafar


Danube river

Danube river


Cathedral church spire - Orthodox church

Cathedral church spire - Orthodox church


Cool cafe area in pedestrianised street

Cool cafe area in pedestrianised street


Zemun - Austrian part of town

Zemun - Austrian part of town


Pedestrianised area of Belgrade

Pedestrianised area of Belgrade


Water fountain with lovely cold water

Water fountain with lovely cold water


Moscow Hotel - oldest in Belgrade

Moscow Hotel - oldest in Belgrade


Zemun - Danube river

Zemun - Danube river


Zemun  cobblestoned streets

Zemun cobblestoned streets


Bohemian Street

Bohemian Street


Zemun

Zemun


Belgrade

Belgrade


Corner where we bought our pizza lunch

Corner where we bought our pizza lunch


National Museum in Republic Square

National Museum in Republic Square


Belgrade

Belgrade


Bohemian street

Bohemian street


Bohemian street

Bohemian street


Rasberries $1.50 AUD

Rasberries $1.50 AUD


Musicians in Bohemian street

Musicians in Bohemian street


Bohemian street

Bohemian street


Our dinners - we ate about 1/3 of it!

Our dinners - we ate about 1/3 of it!

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Serbia

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