Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Went to a wedding....

Went to a wedding the other weekend and stepped out for a  breath of fresh air....and a glass of wine with a friend.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Artists' Colony

Doesn't look much like an artists' colony, but that's what the sign says....

Saturday, September 27, 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--caught in granite

Yesterday I showed you St. Marko's Church with a monument in the park beside it. Here's a shot from behind that monument, which is dedicated to children killed in the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999.

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, September 26, 2014

SKYWATCH--St. Marko in the mist

Sveti Marko's cathedral looks in the mist at Tasmajdan Park.  The egg-shaped monument is to the children who died in the NATO bombing of 1999.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


A big penny for this woman's thoughts....  Has she recently lost someone, or is she just now suddenly reminded of her mortality after having looked at the death notices posted behind her?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY "K" is for "king-size"

I like ice cream, but doubt if I could tackle something like this....

These are two king-size "cones" on display at an ice cream seller's (What else?) downtown.

See other Ks on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

Recycling goes on

I've posted about recycling here several times before, and though there is a movement for official recycling, most is done by individuals like this man, spotted on Knez Mihailova Street.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

A piece of sunshine

A piece of sunshine from times past. An old, East-German manufactured Trabant sits alone under a tree.

Looks like it's well-loved, though!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


In the late Seventies, fifteen year-old actress-then-model, Brooke Shields, purred in an ad for Calvin Klein jeans, "You know what comes between me and my Calvins? Nothing. Absolutely nothing," which made some believe she wore no underwear under her jeans.

I'm not sure if Brooke did, but I don't think  this girl does!

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, September 19, 2014

SKYWATCH--gray sky, black bird

It's a black bird, not a blackbird, at least black in its silhouette. I think it's a pigeon, perched under an arch in Kalemegdan Park.  Just  below it stands this fellow, so I imagine the bird's keeping its distance! See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, September 18, 2014


When I walk early in Tasmajdan Park, I often see this woman on the same park bench.  Of course she's not there in inclement weather, but when it's warmish, she is, and I go early enough to see her awaken, make her 'bed', and then do her hair.  And then she speaks, sometimes softly, sometimes in a harsh voice, to  her suitcase.

Of course I don't stick around to eavesdrop, but this is so sad. I wonder what her story is.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY--"J" is for "Just by chance"

Or maybe "Just for fun," since I can't help but not believe these two ladies set out with matching heads and weren't aware of it.  One has a definite preference for red, the other for blue.

See other Js on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

NOTE:  When I clicked on ABC WEDNESDAY to link up, I learned that Mrs. Nesbitt's husband is ill and that she will be temporarily putting aside ABC Wednesday. Prayers to her and her family.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Symbols behind a symbol

The statue of the Victor in Kalemegdan Park is a symbol of  Belgrade, and the humble sparrow has become the city's mascot, as I explained to you in this post last April.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Catch a falling star....

"Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket...." goes the song. And that's exactly what I did when I found this piece of decoration on a park bench. I'm a lost cause when it comes to picking up junk I can use...or not.

Sunday, September 14, 2014


Benches in the shadows, and some in the sun, await passers-by in Kalemegdan Park.

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS-- for Turkish coffee....

Individually, these little pots are called 'džezva' and are used for making Turkish coffee.  Many are on sale in Kalemegdan Park and around Belgrade.  In some restaurants, Turkish coffee is served on a little tray with a small cup and an individual džezva , accompanied by a Turkish Delight.

 Remember, the Turks occupied Yugoslavia/Serbia for 500 years.  Long enough to drink lots of coffee.

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SKYWATCH--three planes and a sunset

Thanks again to my friend Jasmina for this shot off of her rooftop terrace. I actually had my back to this view, and she noticed the planes' trails.  From this terrace is where I took last Friday's shot.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

No white after Labor Day

"No white after Labor Day," my mother used to say when I was  growing up in the US. I think she meant shoes, of course, but white pants might have fallen into that category, too. No matter, since here in Belgrade Labor Day is May 30th, not September 1st.

Anyway, the two girls in the foreground have definitely abandoned summer wear....  I see fur, leopard skin, and snakeskin....all fake, for sure, but environmentalists shouldn't have an issue with that.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY "I" is for "intruder"

It looked like rain the other day, so I headed out with my little Nikon P510 and decided to practice some macros shots. (No rain came.)  I was so intent on shooting these blooms that it was only when I returned  home that I found the intruder, immortalized.  (I'm very pleased with this camera's capabilities, though it isn't fast enough for 'gotta get it right now' shots.)

See other I's on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another use for old tires

Here you go. Instead of making a swing of painting them white and planting flowers inside, you can use them to keep 'a lid' on your haystack!

All you need is a tire and of course, a haystack....

Monday, September 8, 2014

Whooooo's taking my picture?

Whoooo's taking your photo? I am, of course, even if I have to  hold my camera up over the fence to do so.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


Another cell phone photo...  An abandoned drinking fountain holds the remains of a drinking binge of another kind.

See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, September 5, 2014

SKYWATCH---peeking around....

The domes of Saint Marko's church are peeking around some high-rises, as seen from a friend's rooftop terrace the other evening.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alive and well.....

Took a day trip to the town of Kucevo, about a 2-hour drive to the southeast. Not much in Kucevo, but the surrounding area houses (is that the word....?) a number of caves, one of which I showed you last Saturday.

This fellow's shirt reads Union of Communists.  This was a hip shot, but even if he saw me, he didn't seem to care.

For those language lovers, the ".....sticarnica" on the awning would read "poslatnicarnica" (pastry shop) if I hadn't cropped the photo!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

ABC WEDNESDAY=="H" is for "helpful"

There are many tourists in Belgrade.  Young people with backpacks and also large groups of tourists who do the 'Danube Tours', coming from farther up the river.  Those who can easily keep up with the tour guide do just that, but some others, like this man in the wheelchair, prefer to sightsee at their own pace.

This man had  been studying his map intently and I was about to go over to him, but the man  in the striped shirt beat me to it.

See other Hs on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


You just never know what you'll come across in Kalemegdan Park.  Last Friday I posted this big guy, who was contemplating munching on a gardener.  Now, the man in blue has come face-to-face with a dinosaur who would have made short work of him, once upon a time....assuming that humans and dinosaurs existed at the same time, which they didn't, unless you buy into this theory.

Monday, September 1, 2014

THEME DAY-Rust and Ruins-Cinema Balkan

The movie theater "Balkan", built between 1867 and 1870, was first used as a  hotel for a short while and even an opera house, and later hosted projections of the first movies between 1909 and 1911.  In 1912 it became a permanent movie theater.  I remember going there on a fairly regular basis, and I took my kids to see Disney's Fantasia there as well, a film that I had enjoyed as a child.

Though there has been much talk of its restoration, it's  been as shown above for many years now....sad.  The way things are going now, it's likely to eventually be turned into a shoe store or clothing store.....

Check out other interpretations of this theme day at THEME DAY.


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