Friday, September 20, 2013

Belgrade

     It was great to be back in the Balkans after almost 7 years. And even better being back with my husband for the first time. I could also make a good joke here, playing with the Balkan stereotypes, but I will leave it open to your imagination :-).

     He had never been to the Eastern Europe before so it was very interesting to see the Balkans through his eyes. We arrived to Belgrade on Friday August 30th. My parents picked us up and we drove from Belgrade airport to the city center for a walk through Kalemegdan fortress and park for as much sightseeing as possible since we would spend only 10 days in the Balkans. In the heart of Kalemegdan fortress we found the perfect place for lunch at Kalemegdanska Terasa. This restaurant can definitely compete with any New York or London hot spot, but I have to admit that lunch was also priced accordingly :-).

After lunch I sent a couple of text messages to arrange coffee with my cousin and her family and it felt like I never left.

Panoramic view from Kalemegdan Fortress overlooking the confluence of the Rivers Sava and Danube


    Even though it drizzled a little bit we continued our tour through Belgrade's main street Knez Mihajlova. I happily posed for the picture in front of Instituto Cervantes de Belgrado (hint: my husband is Spanish :-)...) and then like real tourists we went to the tourist info office to ask about Belgrade's open roof tour bus. That was SOOOOOO MUCH FUN! Even my cousin and her son joined, despite the fact that they live in Belgrade. It was a perfect way to see so much in one day. We came back to Belgrade at the end of our stay for our friend's wedding but could not really count on those days to see anything else. The bus ride was 90 minutes long and you could choose to listen to the guide in more than five different languages, so everyone was happy.

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