Day 7 of Balkan Adventure

Day 7 of Balkan Adventure September 16 2011

Day 7 of Balkan Adventure wake up this morning and head down for the hotel’s breakfast. The breakfast is quite amazing , has all types of breakfast food and all types of coffees and nothing weird, great.

Day 7 of Balkan AdventureThen regroup with a group of 5, Rachelle, Manuella, Mieka and Ian and Carole head off onto the city of Belgrade.

We are onto find a certain museum but first walk in main part of city. Come across a couple of buildings that looks like they were bombed out in the past. Quite interesting as to have buildings just hanging by a thread just sit in your downtown area.

Anyways it makes for a very interesting site.

We are on way to find the Nikola Tesla museum who was similar to Thomas Edison but  found a different type of current.

We first think we found the museum but it ends up being the post office. So had to back track. Then a few blocks later we find the museum which we are early, and has not opened yet.

So we wait for it to open and it doesn. We Buy tickets and meet the inside english speaking tour guide who is some really hot looking girl. So It all makes a good time.

Here is some information about the museum below:

The Nikola Tesla Museum (Serbian: Музеј Николе Тесле / Muzej Nikole Tesle) is located in the central area of Belgrade. It holds more than 160,000 original documents, over 2,000 books and journals, over 1,200 historical technical exhibits, over 1,500 photographs and photo plates of original, technical objects, instruments and apparatus, and over 1,000 plans and drawings. The Nikola Tesla Archive was inscribed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme Register in 2003 due to its critical role regarding history of electrification of the world and, more importantly, future technological advancements in this area.

Day 7 of Balkan AdventureThe Nikola Tesla Museum is housed in a residential villa built in 1927 according to project of Dragiša Brašovan, a distinguished Serbian architect. The building was used for various purposes until December 5, 1952, when Nikola Tesla Museum was founded in accordance with the decision of the Government of the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia. The material for the museum was taken from New York bound for Belgrade, Yugoslavia on September 7, 1951 as a result of efforts by Sava Kosanovic, Tesla’s nephew and closest relative (KGB agent, codename “KOLO”, see American Espionage and Project Venona) and his attorney Wittenberg. It has been said this was “Tesla’s will.” No legal instrument or documentation bearing Tesla’s signature has ever been found to substantiate this claim, nor has the Museum allowed an independent, unbiased researcher to verify the existence of such records. It is believed that Tesla died in testate.[2]

It is a deviation from standard archival practice that Tesla’s work is contained outside of the original geographical context in which his life occurred.

Tesla was an American citizen, and considered his prize possession to be his naturalization papers. In contrast, he spent only 31 hours of his entire life in Serbia. Over the past 60 years, a number of his papers[3][4] have suffered water damage from neglect. This has led historians to consider it a disservice to Tesla that his trunks were removed from the United States of America in the first place. With renewed worldwide interest about Tesla’s work in the areas of mechanical and electrical engineering, full and unhindered access is expected. However, it is certain that many original documents are uncataloged and have already been lost, stolen, censored or damaged.

From here we leave and do some more exploring of this amazing city. We make it to this cathedral. It is called the Cathedral of Saint Sava.

Here is some information on it. The Cathedral of Saint Sava (Serbian: Храм светог Саве or Hram svetog Save) is an Orthodox church in Belgrade, Serbia, the largest Orthodox cathedral on the Balkans, and one of the largest Orthodox cathedrals in the world.

The church is dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church and an important figure in medieval Serbia. It is built on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains were burned in 1595 by the Ottoman Empire’s Sinan Pasha. From its location, it dominates Belgrade’s cityscape, and is perhaps the most monumental building in the city. The building of the church structure is being financed exclusively by donations. The parish home is nearby, as will be the planned patriarchal building.

Day 7 of Balkan AdventureIt is not a cathedral in the technical ecclesiastical sense, as it is not the seat of a bishop (the seat of the Metropolitan bishop of Belgrade is St. Michael’s Cathedral). In Serbian it is called a hram (temple), which is in Eastern Orthodoxy another name for a church.[1] In English, it is usually called a cathedral because of its size and importance.

From here we decide it is time for a morning coffee stop. So find this one cafe in a middle of the busy downtown area, kinda busy.

I order some lemonade and its the worst thing ever. All it was just a glass of lemon juice with sugar on the side. Quite bad and rather undrinkable, but as we all say, its time to move on.

I have a picture of that place that served non lemonade, it has umbrellas that say LAV on it. So the picture is labeled, just make sure if u go there, do not order the lemonade. We then walk some around this city and see all of the old buildings from the communist era etc.

We then decide it is time for lunch and make our way to the Skadarlija – Belgrade Bohemian district, Belgrade’s Bohemian district is a charming mishmash of old shops, cafés and the occasional gallery. Its cobbled streets are also home to some of the city’s better restaurants.Skadarlija (Serbian Cyrillic: Скадарлија) is a vintage street, an urban neighborhood and former municipality of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia.

It is located in the Belgrade municipality of Stari Grad (Old town) and generally considered the main bohemian quarter of Belgrade, styled as the Belgrade Montmartre.

From here we decide on a good place for lunch.

I think the place we ate lunch at was called Le Petit Piaf, which was really really good.

Here I had some Jelen beer and salad of grilled Egg plant. And main course was grilled trout which was quite amazing. To finish off the server gave us shots of brandy from the house. In total this lunch we spent about over 3 hours here. But it was a good day.

We then head off again around town, passing a good bakery for some sweets then to a supermarket to get some drinks again.

We now are slowly going to head to the main river to do a river cruise for the evening, our guide Ivan says the boat leaves at 5pm so we have time.

We go have an hour rest and nap in some park in Belgrade, seemed like a very safe venture. Always worth a challenge.

From here we walk down to the river and look for the port to start our cruise.

As we walk and walk we are still not seeing the port to get tickets. We find boats, but type that do not sail as they are quite grounded.

Finally we make it to one area and see a boat go by us which is 430pm at this time.

Then we finally find a booth and ask about the cruises. Apparently The last cruise was at 4pm and on The other side of the river. They changed the schedule without telling anyone or having anything posted on this. All well that life.

So then again being in Serbia, expect things to be odd.

So we decide its getting late and head back near hotel. On route we walk around some markets but things are closing. We then head to find some small diner. For a small dinner. Have a some noodle soup and water with bread and its amazing good. Very simple but good.

Head back to hotel as have early start tomorrow morning at 545am.

To catch a bus to get to Sarajevo.

End of day.

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