Monday, October 4, 2010

A Saturday Hike

Last Saturday I joined a group of teachers and students from the school where I work on a hike near Valjevo, a town about an hour and a half south of Belgrade. We hiked for twelve kilometers through the woods, over hill and dale, and finally reached an ethno house where we were served local specialties, including homemade cranberry juice as you see above. Hiking a little further brought us to the Celija (CHEL-lee-ya) convent, located on the bank of the River Gradac, and its new church, seen above, is nearly completed. The nun is hauling water to a nearby garden. According to one legend, King Dragutin (1276-1282) was its benefactor, but others say it was built in the late 14th or 15th century at the time of King Stefan Lazarevic.


13 comments:

Alexa said...

Nice mosaic of your day, Bibi! Looks like you had gorgeous weather for your hike.

Luz said...

que rico el jugo de arandanos se ve de maravillas hermosas imagenes!
saludos.

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful images Bibi, looks like a fun trip.

Gaelyn said...

Interesting destinations to hike to, and in pretty countryside. I like the architecture of the church.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Your collage is a colorful feast for the eyes! (You could have saved that incredible bridge for another bridge-day) Love the red water cans and glasses with red cranberry juice! I hope that you will show us more photos of the new church later.

Last thing.... great new banner!

Genie

Olivier said...

tres bonne idee ce montage de la journée

jelena said...

I think there is also a harvest festival of wheat near Gradac, the old fashion style. What a fantastic weekend. I am only disappointed that there are so little tours around Serbia, and that you got to do all the research yourself when you want to see something unique here.

B SQUARED said...

A wonderful church. Nuns? I thought they were a vanishing specie.

Daryl said...

What a fabulous new header! And the mosiac/collage is a nice way to share your day with us .. thanks!

Louis la Vache said...

A Monday Mosaic complete with a Sunday Bridge...

No wonder you were tired Saturday night after the trek - but it must have been well worth it.

«Louis» very much likes the new masthead photo.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

magnificent collage!! great moments!

Zivota said...

Thank you for your beautiful captures! I'm from Valjevo, and my father's from a village near Ćelije, so I thank you for making people from around the world see this place through your skillful eye!

Le Journal de Chrys said...

De très belles photographies!