Friday, October 30, 2015

SKYWATCH--new Mariott Hotel



The new Mariott Hotel downtown contrasts with the National Theater next door.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Just a little nip.....



A tiny bottle of vodka stands proud beside two wall ornaments on a building downtown.  These little bottles are commonly called  'unučićl' (oo-NOO-chee-chee), which means 'grandchildren' and can be easily purchased from kiosks on the street or of course in grocery stores.  Just a little nip.....

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

ABC WEDNESDAY-"P" is for "poignant"


Poignant is a word that comes to my mind when I saw this old man in Kalemegdan Park.

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

The Victor's Little Brother


 This is The Victor's little brother! The original statue stands in Kalemegdan Park, and this little one in Tasmajdan Park. It's only about a foot or 30 cm high.

 See the spider web? Imagine though how big the spider would have to be to make a web on the original statue. Probably something like this one.

Friday, October 23, 2015

SKYWATCH--sunset over the market


A woman sits reading, catching the last rays of a sunset over Zeleni Venac (literally:  green wreath) Market.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

And a big Happy Birthday to my daughter, who never reads my blog, but whom I love anyway...  :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Slipping away....



There are so many beautifully decorated old facades in Belgrade, many of which are slowly slipping into ruin, as the one above.....

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

ABC WEDNESDAY - "O" is for "On the bench"


This man and his Chihuahua are sitting on a bench in what they call here 'Little Tasmajdan," the part of the park across the street from the big park where Saint Marko's church stands.

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

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Not any more...


Beautiful old entrance to a crumbling, but still lived-in building.  They don't make 'em like this anymore.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ABC WEDNESDAY == 'N' is for 'New but old'


When I first came to what was then Yugoslavia, you always got a bottle of seltzer water on your table to mix with white wine for spritzers.  Now you hardly ever see these old ones anymore. This is the newer version....which do you prefer?

See more Ns on Mrs. Nesbitt's ABC WEDNESDAY.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Leopard lady


There's something about a leopard print that appeals to me....but not enough to buy a coat like this, though I do have a leopard-print sleep mask and pair of gloves.

This lady had a full-length coat, and I think she might do well to ask this girl where she bought her tights.

Friday, October 9, 2015

SKYWATCH --just watching....


A stone lion in Kalemegdan Park watches the early-morning sky over New Belgrade across the river.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dali in the window


It wasn't until I got home and enlarged the first photo that I realized that the kitty bears a striking resemblance to the Surrealist painter Salvador Dali. I think he'd have found that amusing.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ABC WEDNESDAY--Missing Milica


You may have forgotten the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia, but people here have not. Many memorials and statues have been erected around the country.  The one above represents a little girl, Milica Rakic, who along with 79 other children, was killed in the bombing.  The original statue (the memorial behind it was there earlier) was placed over 15 years ago, and a few months after, was stolen; thieves never found and the whereabouts of that statue are unknown.

The words on the memorial read in both Serbian and English, "We were just children."

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

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Desensitized


During my travels this past year, I have seen many people begging...  I have to admit that I have become somewhat desensitized to their plight.  Her sign reads, 'Help me (buy) medicine.'  True or not, who knows?  I gave her  a few dinars.

Do you give to those who beg?

Monday, October 5, 2015

If they don't have it, it doesn't exist


I often pass this shop that's been around for years, and am always amazed at the selection of remotes they have, old and new. I think they repair them, too.  At least some people don't just toss their remotes and get a new one.

Friday, October 2, 2015

SKYWATCH--a wide welcome


Used my fish-eye to get this wide welcome to Kalemegdan Fortress.

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

THEME DAY--shelter--The Smederevo Fortress


Was hard-pressed to find a shelter shot, since I've had little free time to roam the streets.  This was taken a while back in Smederevo, about 45 kilometers southeast of Belgrade.  The fortress was build in the early 1400s and withstood several attacks by the Ottomans before being seriously damaged in WWII.  As you can see, it's been restored.

Sheltered a lot of people!  If you want to read more, see here.

To have a look at other shelters, click right here.

SKYWATCH AND REFLECTION--St. Mark's Cathedral in the Television Building

 This post is a double-header, since I am using this photo for  SKYWATCH  and for James'  WEEKEND REFLECTIONS. Here we see the reflectio...