Saturday, February 27, 2021


Kolarac (KO-lahr-ahts) Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Belgrade, established in 1870. I like to go there but of course have not been  in ages because of the virus. They do also have a lovely garden in the back where you are totally unaware of the often crowds on Belgrade's walking street, Knez Mihailova.

Read more about the restaurant here, and see some more pictures in addition to the vintage one posted above right here.

Also, see more reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, February 26, 2021

SKYWATCH--Twilight Time

 The ever-changing face of Belgrade.  That hideous tower on the left is only  one part of a city project entitled Belgrade Waterfront. High-rise and high-price apartments that will benefit only a chosen few. Even the walkways have been, in my option, poorly laid-out. Bike and pedestrian lanes too close....and I'll stop there.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021


 Every now and then  one receives a really special birthday present, albeit a teeny bit late.

This beautiful pillow was HAND-EMBROIDERED for me (except the bands on the top and bottom) by my soon-to-be 89 year-old Irish former colleague and India travel buddy, who's  lived in 'Yugoslavia' since 1958.  This woman is amazing in many, many respects, and this pillow is only a small proof.

Many thanks, Gillian.  I love it.

Monday, February 22, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--too cold to sit

 A bit too nippy now to sit outside, even though our temps here have warmed up over the last week.

But pretty to look at from the comfort of your own home computer screen!

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

Saturday, February 20, 2021


 Another fine from roaming around the city. There were six of these lovely frescoes hidden from the crowds on the sidewalk along one of Belgrade's main streets.

Friday, February 19, 2021


 This morning while walking the dog I came across this sad little park a few streets over. I rarely go this way, and have a vague memory of seeing the bust of 'someone'. Today I took the time to look and read.

Tadija Sondermajer (the J is pronounced as a Y) was born on February 19th 1892 and died on October 10, 1967. He was a Serbian and Yugoslav Royal Air Force Reserve Colonel, a decorated fighter pilot in WW I, and one of the founders of the first civil aviation company inn the then-Yugoslavia, Aeroput.

Here's a cut and paste from Wiki: "Born in Belgrade, he was the first engineer of aeronautics in the country and the only fighter plane pilot from the Kingdom of Yugoslavia to fight in the French Air Force during World War, I on the Western Front, most notably against the German squadron of Manfred von Richthofen. In between the wars he flew a record intercontinental flight between Paris and Bombay, India, and back to Belgrade. He received the highest, Serbian, Yugoslav and French decorations for his war service and numerous peacetime decorations. Sondermajer is undoubtedly one of the most striking figures in Yugoslav civil aviation and a major contributor to the development of civil aviation in the region."

Thought it fitting I should post this today on his birthday.

Thursday, February 18, 2021


 All I have today is this photo of my shorkie (Shih Tzu/Yorkie), Madhu.  The reason is mainly because two days ago I received my night table from IKEA.  Despite their near-perfect illustrations (instructions in languages are apparently a thing of the past for them) I have not managed to get the blankety-blank thing together correctly. I took a breather to have a snack and fume.  

Madhu was sympathetic, I think, but imagine she was just interested in a tidbit.

Trying again today with a peaceful mind.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021


 Part of Belgrade's huge New Cemetery is the cemetery honoring the liberators of Belgrade, which lies just across the street from the New Cemetery.  It contains graves of 2,944 National Liberation Army  soldiers and 961 Red Army soldiers and the mass grave  of 1,381 National Liberation Army soldiers and 711 Red Army soldiers who died during the Belgrade Offensive.

Belgrade was liberated at the end of WWII through a military operation  from the German Wehrmacht  through the joint efforts of the Soviet Red Army, Yugoslav Partisans, and the Bulgarian Army.   Above you see the eternal flame.

Tuesday, February 16, 2021


 We've all done something like this.  Usually we back into a pole and are greeted with a horrible metal-to-metal sound, stop backing up, and move forward.

This fellow didn't have a chance. The top part of this pole is wedged under part of his rear bumper. Try as he might, he couldn't get the bumper to give a little, nor of course could he do much about the pole, which has been leaned forward a bit. 

This is right downstairs from me and I was in the parking walking my dog. Heard the screech....  I'll go back later and see if he managed to get loose.

Monday, February 15, 2021


 Came across this mural totally by chance while taking a shortcut between two buildings. I couldn't step back far enough to capture the whole thing, but there are buildings of the world in the background and a river between them and the man and cow.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.


Kolarac (KO-lahr-ahts) Restaurant is one of the oldest restaurants in Belgrade, established in 1870. I like to go there but of course have n...