Thursday, November 26, 2020


 Here it is Thanksgiving in the United States...and in expat homes abroad like mine. However, this year for a reason we all know too well, I am  not having my son and his family over. I feel horrible about this as do they, but we all agree celebrating in a closed space just doesn't seem like a good idea this  year. They are all seemingly healthy and I think I am, too, but they do have two small children who have been in school...and COVID is insidious; children could  be silent carriers.

So, in order that we can all be together next year (I certainly hope so!) we'll pass on our celebration, at least together. I still plan on making a Thanksgiving dinner, but my son will come and pick it up.

The lady on the bench could be me, minus a few years and the crutches, and the statues could represent my family holding their heads and saying, "Oh, woe!"


Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Last one from Arandjelovac

I think these wall decorations, Secessonist style, I think, are so beautiful.  Fortunately both in Arandjelovac and in Belgrade, the cities do too, and they are being protected.


Monday, November 23, 2020

Sunday, November 22, 2020

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY -alone with his thoughts

 He wasn't exactly alone. I was just down the same pedestrian street on another bench.

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Saturday, November 21, 2020


 In New Belgrade I spotted two BIG reflections above a new Mexican restaurant. The name of the restaurant as you can see is Buena Vida. Not sure what customers see on the inside, but you certainly get a 'buena vista' from outside.

See more reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, November 20, 2020

Prince Mihailo's Plane Tree

This magnificent and majestic plane tree was planted in 1867 by Prince Mihailo Obrenovic.  I've posted about him before, and if you like, click here to read about him.  This tree is in Arandjelovac, where I recently made a day trip.


Thursday, November 19, 2020

Some Sculptures from Arandjelovac

Part of a sculpture Man and Dog, both creatures being embedded deep in the stone 
with only parts visible.


Statue of 19th century Montenegrin poet Petar II Petrović-Njegoš.

Mother and child.


Nandi the Bull by an Indian sculptor, 1979
If you can see a bull here, let me know. I see something else. Or maybe that's the point.


Wednesday, November 18, 2020


 This is a beautiful old-world hotel in a gorgeous park  in Arandjelovac, a little over an hour from Belgrade. It is currently empty, but signs say renovation, or rather restoration will be soon underway.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Lie down!

"Lie down!" is a basic doggie command.  These two hounds don't need much encouragement. The top one is one of the many statues in the city park in Arandjelovac, just a little over an hour from Belgrade.

The bottom one adorns a gateway near the Greek Embassy in Belgrade and you can see that post right here.


Monday, November 16, 2020

MONDAY MURALS--Sax on the roof?

 I am very poor at recognizing musical instruments, if indeed this is a realistically represented one.  I think it may be a saxophone, but please correct me if I am wrong.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY---longing to travel

 Not Belgrade---Warsaw, where I was a year or two ago visiting a good friend.

I know I'm not alone, but I wish I could travel somewhere...

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.


 Here it is Thanksgiving in the United States...and in expat homes abroad like mine. However, this year for a reason we all know too well, I...