Who knows what thoughts run through this old man's mind as he makes his way up Belgrade's Bohemian street, Skadarlija? Perhaps he's read Jean-Jacques Rousseau's work in the title, or perhaps not. He may be simply thinking about what's for lunch.
While walking in the sleet and snow to a wine and cheese exhibit (I didn't live in France for a long time for nothing!), I came across this cafe/beer garden tucked into a wall of Branko's Bridge. I'll go in another time....
Note: a commenter wanted to see more of the bridge, but it was impossible; cars parked behind me, 50mm lens, and no room to back up. Here's a link where you can see Branko's bridge that this cafe, called Under the Bridge, is under! Here's the bridge. It's on the far side.....
I see this man almost every day on Knez Mihailova street. He cuts a dashing figure, with his hat, leather jacket, and well-trimmed beard. Not sure the poodle fits with him, but maybe he's the family dog.
Here's what the pyramid means.
I've seen these whatever-you-call-them all over town. Are they called apps? I really don't know what an app is... I imagine you're supposed to scan this with your phone and it will tell you then where you are.
I've googled all kinds of combinations to see if this comes up, but nothing does.
I don't have a fancy phone, so can't scan it...
NOTE: If you look at the comments, you'll see that Dejan from Holland wrote that he scanned the app and it came up as an advertisement for a theater performance here downtown. I actually also found that there is a play called Lost in Serbia, but didn't make the connection. Duh.... and I have an ancient phone. Thank you, Dejan! :)
In Cyrillic this sign reads Aca's Bakery (Atsa, phonetically written, is a nickname for Alexander.) This bakery has been around for years and is extremely popular, serving high-quality cakes, cookies, breads, quiches, small pizzas, and sandwiches.
If you come to Belgrade, it's located on 25 Svetogorska Street, right downtown, not far from Saint Marko's church. Well-worth the stop.
It's time for Christmas Round Two. Serbs celebrate Christmas on January 7th, according to the Julian calender, and so tonight is Christmas Eve. Oak branches as above are being sold all over, since on Christmas morning they are burned (sort of like a Yule log), and while they do, people say, "As many sparks, as much money." (Toliko žara, toliko para.) Merry Christmas orSrećan Božićto all of you who celebrate tonight and tomorrow.
Maybe not an exciting post, but it is for me. Yams had never been available here until fairly recently. Many Chinese immigrants in Serbia now grow them, along with a whole slew of other 'exotic' vegetables.