Tuesday, July 8, 2008

It's not two-twenty-one.

Another excursion for us, this time yesterday with a French friend to Novi Sad, a city 70 kms. to the north of Belgrade, where my husband grew up. This clock, located on Novi Sad's famous fortress, Petrovaradin, shows the time, but not the time you might think it is. It was actually 4:15. The reason is not a mistake, but rather the long hand was purposedly made to show the hour to ships passing on the Danube below. It was more important, I guess, for them to know the hour, not necessarily the minutes!

8 comments:

southshieldsdailyphoto said...

Beautiful picture, great contrasts of white and blue.

I have something a little special tomorrow to help announce the arrival of a new site of mine,

from South Shields Daily Photo

babooshka said...

I love this kind of quirkiness you share with us on this blog. Ships passing being more important is a perfect example. Considered yourself served with a (just for fun) blog award. Stop by my monday post to collect.

Riccardo said...

Interesting! is it the Danube far from that point?

Marie Reed said...

It still reminds me a bit of the clock in the Back to the Future movie! Save the clock tower and it's incorrect time.. even if it was done on purpoe:)

Sandra Draskovic said...

i love this drunk clock in NS.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Awesome shot! I like how the clock is positioned on the hill.

Dogeared said...

Hee, I love the quirky details you share about Belgrade. I learn so much more than if I just visited as a tourist. Though I am now considering a trip to Belgrade next year... would you be up for a bit of tourguiding, if I managed to visit? Not necessarily the whole time, I am sure you have your own commitments, but even a little time would show me the real Belgrade, the one the locals know.

You might not sell me on the black bread I saw in a post here recently. It looked similar to a black bread I tried in Riga, and oh my, it was horrible to my Englist-bread tastebuds! Still, all the more left for you ;-)

Oh and I don't know if Anvers was the Metro station you were thinking of, with the tiled stairs - I don't remember it too well, as I only used it a few times (and not at all on my second trip).

Marie-Noyale said...

If everybody knows that's the main thing!!