Day 6 of Balkan Adventure

Day 6 of Balkan Adventure September 15 2011

Day 6 of Balkan Adventure today wake up early and do a small walk about of the immediate area before breakfast.

Day 6 of Balkan AdventureHave a breakfast this morning and it is good, with eggs and toast, coffee with milk.

Have lots of time before we head off to get to Belgrade today.

This morning hike up around town and make it to the fortress on top of the hill the overlooks Novi Sad.

It is called the Petrovaradin Fortress which over looks the city and Danube River.

Lots of interesting things around the area. Including much of the tunnels from the battles going back many hundreds of years.

Here is a nice view of the city and river and a nice bridge in the distance. Up at the fortress is made up of a restaurant and cafe.

From here we make it back to the city and old town for one last walk around.  Head to the grocery store “Konsum” to get some snacks and fruit to have throughout the day. Store is small but nice and lay out is great.

We make our way with our bags to taxis and head to the train station.

We board the train to take us to Belgrade, train is in good shape.

It is a 2 and half hour journey to Belgrade, the train is very hot and no windows open. So it is a very hot ride all the way to Belgrade. We arrive at Belgrade and get off and its nice to get off. We walk to the hotel which is across the street from the train station.

The hotel we are staying at is quite good and room is very nice with good AC and floors.

Day 6 of Balkan AdventureI was doing laundry and almost had the wardrope fall on me as I was making a clothesline, live and learn.

We then head out for our orientation of the city. We walk to the main part of the city, but had to walk through some dodgy park of the city to get there. But overall an interesting adventure. We meet up with a local guide who is some woman who has lived there all her life. The weirdest person you seen, had hair that was all colored and her voice sounded like Sylvester Stalone almost. She talked about some whacked out things about how all leaders of SErbia have always been dictators and the people of Serbia are very proud of that.

We head to the park and fortress of Belgrade which is really neat. Has an amazing view of the new city and Danube river. We get to see the sunset over the river and all that.

Here is a little something about the fortress:

Belgrade Fortress[1][2] (Serbian Cyrillic: Београдска тврђава), represent old citadel (Upper and Lower Town) and Kalemegdan Park[3] (Large and Little Kalemegdan) on the confluence of the River Sava and Danube, in an urban area of modern Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

It is located in Belgrade’s municipality of Stari Grad. Belgrade Fortress was declared Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, and it is protected by Republic of Serbia.[2]Belgrade Fortress is located on top of the 125.5 [4] meters high ending ridge of Šumadija geological bar. The cliff-like ridge overlooks the Great War Island (Serbian: Veliko ratno ostrvo) and the confluence of the Sava river into the Danube, and makes one of the most beautiful natural lookouts in Belgrade. It borders the neighborhoods of Dorćol (north and north-east), Stari Grad (east) and Kosančićev Venac (Savamala; south). It is encircled by three streets: Boulevard of Vojvoda Bojović, Tadeuša Košćuška, Pariska, and the railway along the riverside.

On walking in The park see some old men playing chess at the time, as a photo of locals.

We go for dinner at the ? Cafe which had some amazing food. Here I had a mixed salad. Beer of PIVO and a stew that was made in a breaded bowl that you eat as well. Very amazing.

Stay tuned for next day.

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