Thursday, December 31, 2020

NO STAR...


 The other night when Jupiter and Saturn aligned to form the 'star' of Bethlehem, I walked to Kalemegdan Park to have a good look. Unfortunately the cloud cover didn't allow them to appear, so I have to be content with this shot.

What will the New Year bring? I hope for health and happiness for all, and for sure an end to this devastating virus.

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

HORSES IN FRONT OF FEDERAL PARLIAMENT


 This impressive statue (actually it's a pair on both sides of the stairs) leading up the stairs to the Federal Parliament was created by the well-known Croatian sculptor (remember Yugoslavia...?) Toma Rosandic (1878-1958).

That;s the main post office in the background.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

THE FRENCH KNOW GOOD FOOD


 Ah, oui, it is true that the French know good food...and in this case, meat. These two French poodles were waiting patiently for their owner to exit this butcher shop, known for its excellent meat.

Monday, December 28, 2020

BIG CHESS


 This large chess set and board are in Tasmajdan Park. I have yet to see anybody ever use it...  The pieces and board are in a glass-front storeroom and it beats me how the king got a smiley balloon and pink umbrella for the queen.

Sunday, December 27, 2020

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY---swings in the fog


 Last week it was very foggy in Belgrade, which created some shadows, albeit slight ones.

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE: RADIO BEOGRAD


 Radio Beograd has quite a history. I wanted to translate just a small part of this article, but the whole thing is worth reading, so please have a look.

See other B and W posts on BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND.

Friday, December 25, 2020

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAVE A COOKIE!


 Time flies, indeed it does, and when I see this photo, I feel very old. It wasn't long ago that I had to roll out the dough and let the kids cut out the cookies. Now this year (although I mixed the dough the day before) my grandchildren here in Belgrade rolled, cut, and decorated the cookies with cinnamon sugar.

Old-fashioned Pennsylvania Dutch Sand Tarts just like my grandmother used to make. On the front of the tray you can see a 'lady' and a 'man,' cut from my family cutters now over 150 years old.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate, and good tidings to all.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

CHESS PLAYER


 The chess players in Kalemegdan are always there, a few or just two, but they are relentless.

This fellow is waiting for his partner, someone in particular, or perhaps a passer-by who wants to play.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

SPARROWS


 Just a picture of some cute, chubby sparrows on a bush. 

Sparrows are a symbol of  Belgrade and you can read why right here.

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

BEZISTAN PASSAGE


 This passage linking one main city square and another has not changed hardly at all since I came here in 1977.  It  has always been unattractive. It has gained a McDonald's (you to decide to its detriment or attraction) but everything else is frozen in time.

Its name is Bezistan Passage and if you can read Serbian, here is a link.

There's a lot in that article, but I couldn't find anything else in English, so here is what the beginning of the article says:  "Depending on which generation of Belgraders you belong to, remember the passage between the two squares - Terazije and Nikola Pasic, for different things. While the youngest recognize Bezistan by its fast food restaurants and small stalls, generations who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s remember it by the shops that sold T-shirts with the inscription of their choice, pirated discs and badges.Those of a slightly older generation remember Bezistan by the merchants in front of the now closed Kozara cinema, the first "instant" camera (Photomat booth) and the first self-service restaurant at the "Kasina" hotel. And those who still remember pre-war Belgrade, at the "Paris" hotel that used to be here."

Monday, December 21, 2020

Friday, December 18, 2020

SKYWATCH It's up....




 Belgrade's New Year's tree is up and has been actually for a couple of weeks. We're all wishing that 2021 will bring an end to this virus and we can get back to our lives...but things will never be the same.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

PANDEMIC PANDA


 Usually there are quite  a few big 'toys' along the pedestrian street for people, kids mainly, to have their photo taken with. I watched this big guy for about 15 minutes, but the poor panda had no takers. I hope he got luckier later.


Wednesday, December 16, 2020

JAZZY SWEATER...


 It's always a challenge for me to find a present for my son who, like me, seems to have everything he needs.  This year I told him if he didn't drop some hints soon, he'd end up with this sweater. To my surprise, he said he kind of liked it...  Now I wish I'd asked this fellow where he got it...

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

LYUBISHA AND LUKA


 I started carrying my biggie camera again and several of the people I see when I walk my dog in the morning asked me for photos, so I happily obliged.


Monday, December 14, 2020

MONDAY MURALS--Kissy, kissy


'tis the season to be kissing. I found this amorous mural in Dorcol (DOR-chol) a neighborhood of Belgrade near Kalemegdan park.  I had never seen it before, but wonder if it hadn't been partially hidden by a building that has  been knocked down.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

 

Saturday, December 12, 2020

WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE===coffee


 An unusual presentation. Espresso coffee on the bottom with a tiny pitcher of milk on top. Easier for the waiter to carry?

Participating in THE WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE.

Friday, December 11, 2020

SKYWATCH--clear skies over the National Museum


 Thanks to heavy winds over the past few days, today's skies were clear over Belgrade and the National Museum. Visible are Serbian flags, the one on the left bearing the city's coat of arms.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Kiosk kitty

'twas a chilly evening and kitty has in some way protected itself from the wind....not sure if he snacked on anything.

 

Monday, December 7, 2020

Sunday, December 6, 2020

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY--the blind gusle (GOOSE-leh) player

The Blind Gusle Player has a history, and I will copy and paste what I found right here:

It has recently found a home in Kalemegdan Park, and even a seeing eye dog....

"The Commission also adopted an initiative of the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments of the City of Belgrade to install the sculpture "The Blind Gusle Player" in Veliki Kalemegdan Park.

The bronze sculpture, the work of sculptor Paskija Pasko Vucetic, was a part of the Monument to Karadjordje composition erected on August 13, 1913 in Kalemegdan, and demolished in 1916 by the Austro-Hungarian occupation forces. After the end of the First World War, in 1930, a monument of gratitude to France was erected on the site of the dismantled Karadjordje Monument. This sculpture is the only remaining part of the intricate monument composition of the Karadjordje Monument."

MANY THANKS TO LISA, who asked for more info on the player, Filip Visnjic. Please see  this link for a lot of info!

I have already shown you another Blind Gusle Player ten (wow) years ago....see it here.


 See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Friday, December 4, 2020

SKYWATCH---six swans


 I took a much overdue walk around the lake beside Belgrade's river island, Ada Ciganlja. Seven kilometers around, and it felt great.

I think the swans had it eassy, albeit cold, by paddling.

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

ALWAYS LOOK YOUR BEST


 Maybe that is this woman's motto, since she's carrying her ironing board (and who know, perhaps an iron) with her just in case she has to look 'her very best.'


Or maybe she's into EXTREME IRONING.

Many thanks to Rob Siemann of STRASBOURG DAILY PHOTO for alerting me to Extreme Ironing.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

ORTHODOX PRIEST


 Holiday times are upon us, and also here in Serbian many families have a special saint's day sometime during the year. One of the largest is Saint Nikola's, falling on December 19th.  The joke goes that half of Belgrade celebrates that slava (saint's day) and the other half comes as guests. Not far off, really.

This priest may be headed to Saint Mark's cathedral, just a couple hundred meters away.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

THEME DAY -- COMFORT FOOD


When I am feeling a cold coming on, I make plain spaghetti with LOTS of garlic and black pepper. Honestly, so soon after Thanksgiving I don't feel like making spaghetti now for this theme day, so I'm going with my second favorite.

I love alphabet soup with added corn, accompanied by a toasted cheese sandwhich. Where I am in the world determines the kind of bread and cheese, but it tastes really good no matter where I am.


See other comfort foods on THEME DAY.

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...