A trip to Belgrade, Serbia

Travelling in November has become sort of a ritual, one that we really enjoy as a couple. Considering that this summer I didn’t get enough rest, this was a much needed escape. This year’s destination was the capital of Serbia, the city of Belgrade, where we spent six days. As always, the cold weather hit me hard during the first day, so I didn’t take any decent photos, but I did manage to make it up during the rest of our stay.

Without further ado, here’s Belgrade through my eyes. Or my lens.

Day 2, Nov 14

During our cold and rainy second day, we decided to stroll a little bit around the city, get a feel of its vibes and visit a couple of museums.

First, we went to the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade and afterwards we visited the Historical Museum of Serbia, where an exhibition entitled “CITIES ON THE MOVE – POST-OTTOMAN: Ankara, Belgrade, Istanbul and Sarajevo through the press photographers’ lens, 1920s and 1930s” was held, an exhibition that depicts the development of new states that emerged from the remains of the Ottoman Empire, through the photo material taken from the Yugoslav and Turkish daily newspapers.

Day 3, Nov 15

On day 3, we walked down Kneza Miloša, a street with great buildings, full of embassies…

…that was heavily bombed by NATO in 1999.

Taking the bus, we looked for the architectural gem that is the Museum of Yogoslavia, designed by Mihailo Janković. The museum hosts two institutions, the Memorial Center “Josip Broz Tito” and the Museum of the Revolution of Yogoslav Nations and Ethnic Minorities.

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The museum’s permanent exhibition follows the pattern of an Open Storeroom, where the two merged collections are exposed to the public, thus enabling both the visitors and the curators to experience a totally different and new insight into the Yogoslav heritage.

In the House of Flowers one can visit the tomb of Josip Broz Tito and see some of the relays that Tito received as gifts.

Day 4, Nov 16

Our fourth day was dedicated to Kalemegdan park and fortress, which lies at the end of the main pedestrian street of Belgrade, Kneza Mihaila. Although it was cold and windy, we much enjoyed the view from above -the photographs don’t do justice to its beauty-. Inside the fortress one can visit the Military Museum of Belgrade and learn more about the history of the country.

Day 5, Nov 17

During our fifth day, we left home thinking we would be simply visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, but little did we know. When we got to the bus station, we were lucky enough to catch the bus that goes to Zemun, the old town of Belgrade, situated in Novi Beograd. We climbed up the Millennium tower, which is right over the right bank of the Danume and enjoyed the view.

On our way back, of course we visited the Museum of Contemporary Art, which had been closed for 10 years, due to rennovation. I have to admit that museology-wise, the rennovation was quite successful, paying much respect to the accessibility issues.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art as viewed by Kalemegdan

Last but not least, we walked through Brankov Monst bridge, in order to get from New to Old Belgrade.

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Day 6, Nov 18

Having already seen and visited everything that we wanted to, our last day was all about relaxing and preparing ourselves to say goodbye to Belgrade. We enjoyed our last meal, devouring two pizzas and a fresh salad in our favorite restaurant, i.e. Majstor i Margarita (if you ever find yourselves in Belgrade trust me and go there), bought a few souvenirs and headed to the apartment to prepare for our trip back home.

I really hope that this post proves to be helpful for anyone having second thoughts about visiting Belgrade. Go for it, it’s an amazing destination perfect for on-a-budget travellers.

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Places mentioned:

Our charming Aribnb apartment here

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Folegandros, Greece


I hear you; it’s been six months and here I am, posting summer holiday photos.

Well, you’re right.

It seems like I can’t manage two jobs, a Master’s degree and this blog.

But I can tell you one thing for sure. If you enjoy remote islands, relaxing in the shade of trees and wandering in the most beautiful Chora that I have ever seen, then Folegandros is the place to be.

I hope we’ll talk again soon, before my next trip!

 

The Salesman (2016)

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A couple of months ago (before all hell broke loose and I almost forgot that I’m supposed to be a blogger of some sort), I went to the cinema and watched Asghar Farhadi’s Salesman. I remember it being a cold, winter night, and me leaving the building in awe, thinking how much people are missing when they keep on watching meaningless blockbusters. Then the Oscars came and, even if I consider their results to be highly predictable, I was really happy that a great film won an award (the best foreign language film one, in case you were wondering) so that it gained some of the popularity it deserved.

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Event: “The small world effect and the Art Worlds” @ Panteion

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Thursday, February 23d at 18h, opening night!

Panteion University and the Cultural Management MA class of 2016-2017 welcomes you to an art exhibition about the visualization of cultural social networks, a theatrical performance by Fabrica Athens and a music performance by Hesperia Guitar Ensemble, followed by a discussion about the Greek Cultural Industry and the rigours it’s facing nowadays.

Free admission!

For reservations please call: 6976 66 49 16

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I, Daniel Blake (2016)

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We watched I, Daniel Blake, a 2016 British-French production, on New Year’s Eve afternoon. It was awarded in various international film festivals (e.g. Cannes Film Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival) and a couple nominations are still pending (for example the British Independent Film Awards). We couldn’t have chosen a better way to end 2016 cinema-wise…

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