Thursday, May 13, 2021

TEXTING AT HOTEL MOSKVA


 It was 11 a.m.  This man had just finished a glass of white wine and an espresso, and now took to his phone.  And I to my camera. (I did NOT have white wine or wine of any color, haha.)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

CALESTHENICS WITH HIKING STICKS


Came across these ladies with their coach in what is referred to as Lower Kalemegdan Park, under the fortress that you can see here.

Participants use their hiking sticks as part of their routine. Not a bad idea...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

WATCHING OVER THE BOTANICAL GAEDEN


 These two, with matching statues on the other side of the entrance, watch over Belgrade's Botanical Garden. Looks like they've been picking a bit, too.

Monday, May 10, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--talking, texting, and a strawberry


 Cafes here are now open, inside and out with the former having limited seating, but before that you just had to  grab a bench where you found one.

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Sunday, May 9, 2021

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY--ANGLES AND SHADOWS


 Just what the title says. I liked these angles and shadows on a house in Kovin, Serbia.

See other shadows, and perhaps some angles, too, on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--belated bunnies


 Actually, the bunnies are not late. I did take this photo around Serbian Orthodox Easter on May 2, but just got around to posting it now.

See other reflections on James'  WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

The Ice Cream Tree


 I think I may have made a similar post  before, but this chestnut tree in bloom was just too good to pass up. When I was little, my mother and I would call these trees 'ice cream cone trees.'

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

MARATHON'S A-COMIN'


 Normally the Belgrade Marathon is held sometime in April,  but this year it's been moved to June.  

Note: Even the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia didn't stop the marathon, which was held on April 17th of that year. In April 2020 it was cancelled because of COVID, but now it's back....

I see more and more people in raining. I love this guy's spiffy shoes.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

HAPPY EASTER AGAIN



 Today is Serbian Orthodox Easter. I colored eggs yesterday.  In the top photo in the egg cup is this year's first egg, always colored red, at least according to my husband's family.  Beside it lies last year's red egg, which according to tradition, should be buried. You may wonder how you can keep an egg all year. You can...it just dries up inside and when shaken, I can hear the thumpy-thump of the dried up yolk.

The second photo is just an awfully cute whimsical ceramic 'egg'. 


Saturday, May 1, 2021

THEME DAY--EARTH, DIRT

Not the latest dirt here, but from about six years ago. This is me in the Deliblato Sands,  the largest sandy terrain in Europe, once part of a vast prehistoric desert, having originated from the withdrawal of the Pannonian Sea.

I still have the h at, pants, jacket, shoes, and purse, but sadly no longer my little black dog, Bibi, who is following. I don't have the camera either, having recently switched to mirrorless.  

Ashes to ashes, dust to dust...

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Friday, April 30, 2021

SKYWATCH--spring symmetry or almost


 Houses in smaller towns here are usually painted in some bright colors. I like this, all the more because this Sunday is Serbian Orthodox Easter, and the brightly-colored houses remind me of Easter eggs.

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Thursday, April 29, 2021

TOPPING OFF HER NINTH DECADE


 A big fat Happy Birthday to our former colleague, Gillian, seated n the middle.She is 89 today, has all her smarts, walks everywhere, and is interested in literally everything. May the rest of us be like her.

You can see she likes cake, too.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

CHOWIN' DOWN


 Big boys eating big burgers. A bit fuzzy. I was waaaay on the other side of the street with just my 50mm lens.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

STILL A BIT CHILLY


 It was still a bit chilly when I snapped this candid shot. Even so, this lady was still a bit overdressed.

Monday, April 26, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--under the eye of The Little Prince


 This mural graces one of the walls of Vladislav Ribnikar elementary school in downtown Belgrade.  Vladislav Ribnikar was a journalist and founder of Serbia's most respected newspaper, Politika.

This school has had since 1927 a French  program offering six classes per week starting in first grade (other schools begin a foreign language in grade three), with teachers from France.

It's understandable then why the mural featuring Antoine de Saint-Exupery's THE LITTLE PRINCE presides over the schoolyard.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Shadow Shot Sunday--tired of these winter shots....


 Truthfully, this is not a winter photo. It was taken about two weeks ago near Kovin, Serbia.  Still too wintry-looking for me.  Bring on the warmer weather!  (Today it IS warm!)

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Friday, April 23, 2021

SKYWATCH--BEAUTIFYING THE BALCONY


A phone shot, and not so clear.  Despite our recent cold weather, people are still beautifying their balconies. I think if I were a flower I would  be very cold.

She;s wearing a mask, too; wish more people would.

See other skies on SKYWATCH. 

 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

THE PRIEST WHO WAITS


 This photo was taken on the sly from across the street and was cropped. I was testing my new mirrorless camera's abilities. The priest looks a little put-out; perhaps whoever he's waiting for is late...

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

THE DRAGONS OF MY CHILDHOOD


 There is only one brass dragon shown here, but I have two of these candle holders. They belonged to my great-grandmother. 

This post is for DRAGONSTAR, who often comments on my blog and with whom I've made contact.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

MULTITASKING


 Resting from rollerblading, drinking coffee, reading, and texting....  Did I miss anything?

Monday, April 19, 2021

Sunday, April 18, 2021

SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY---butterfly, dunno what kind


 It was an early warm spring day when I 'captured' this pretty butterfly and his shadow.

See other shadows on SHADOW SHOT SUNDAY.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE--I don't want your bag


 Snapped this lady from quite a distance. She'd just gotten off the bus and is still clutching her bag....

I didn't want to take her bag; just her photo, and I got that.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

SKYWATCH--speed kills


 Of course this car didn't fly  into this wall, but speed is a big problem here. Like not wearing masks, drivers flaunt the speed limits mercilessly...

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Thursday, April 15, 2021

NOODLES AND STUFF


 People here like to buy homemade noodles rather than brand names in a store. The seller here was shy, but she's got quite an assortement of various types of doughy things...

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

SO MUCH FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING




 

The top photo was taken with my phone while I was walking my dog the other day. Not a mask in sight, and social distancing has gone down the drain.

The sheep in the bottom photo, taken on a recent out-of-town trip, do a much better job of staying apart.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

REGAL


 One of my sneaky slanted street shots. I pretended I was playing with my phone while discreetly clicking the shutter. If she did indeed notice me, she didn't say anything. The dog either.

Monday, April 12, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--A Vespa is 'all you need'


 I wish I had a garage where I could park a bike or Vespa without worrying it would get stolen. On the other hand, Belgrade traffic is so bad now that biking would be unsafe.

So I'll content myself with photos of Vespas, for example.

This post goes out to former CDP blogger, Chuck Pefley of  Seattle, who had a red one.

See other murals on MONDAY MURALS.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Saturday, April 10, 2021

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--THE HERON


 Spotted in the river in the town of Kovin, about 54 kms from Belgrade. A quick shot; bit fuzzy.


See other reflections on James' WEEKEND REFLECTIONS.

Friday, April 9, 2021

SKYWATCH--the Parliament's horses again


 These horses (there is another almost identical statue on the other side of the stairs leading to the Parliament) are hard to resist, almost at any times a day, for they make a very impressive sight.

I've shown you them several times before, most recently last December.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

FATIGUE


 Late=night dog walk....passed this bakery where I caught this very tired cleaning lady through the window.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

POLISHING PAVIC


 Milorad Pavić (1929 - 2009) was a Serbian writer from a well-known family of writers. He is mainly known for his poetry and novels. You can read more about him by clicking here.

There is a statue of him in Tasmajdan Park near me where I walk my dog every morning. In this photo, he is getting a facial from these two friendly 'cosmeticians'.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

MR. BASS MAN. I think


 I am not well-versed  in musical instruments, but I think this fellow on the left is carrying a bass violin.

Correct me, please, about the instrument if I am wrong.

(And just today I found this pair again, all set up and playing!)




Monday, April 5, 2021

MONDAY MURALS---in a passageway...



All I could say was 'Wow.'  This spectacular series of murals (actually, all one scene except for our purple friend here), is usually hidden from view when the large passageway door is closed. 

I'm glad it was open when I passed.

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Sunday, April 4, 2021

EASTER SUNDAY


 Today is Easter in the western world, but not here, since Serbian Orthodox Easter falls this year on May 2nd.

That said, I have no bunny or chick or egg photo for you, but I do have these girls in Easter colors.

Saturday, April 3, 2021

WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE --chillin'...literally


 Still testing my new mirrorless Z50. Took this from about 50 feet or so away with at 50mm. Not too bad. It was cold out, but sunny.

Getting there, spring is....slowly, but surely.

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Friday, April 2, 2021

SKYWATCH: I WANT TO LIVE HERE


 OK, I had said the other day that another photo was my last from Pancevo for the moment, but I couldn't resist posting this building, which I think I photograph (but not necessarily post) every time I visit. Would love to  live there and have that balcony...

See other skies on SKYWATCH.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

THEME DAY--April 1st "Future Blogger Tops Notre-Dame"


 FLASH:  You read it here first!

Just in and brought to you in a flashback from 1971 in the Nostradamus Daily, future photoblogger Yankee-in-Belgrade ascends Notre-Dame rooftop!  Yes, you read that correctly. Pat, formerly a.k.a Bibi, cast her fate to the wind and with the help of a little French boy who took her photo and who we hope is reading this, scurried up the roof on the north tower and held on to a flagpole. 


Our sources tell us the pole has long since disappeared, but Yankee-in-Belgrade, predicted 50 years ago by Nostradamus,  is still going strong. Says she today, "Nostradamus channeled me that day to say that one day the roof will disappear, so I figured, 'Carpe diem!' Glad I did."


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TEXTING AT HOTEL MOSKVA

 It was 11 a.m.  This man had just finished a glass of white wine and an espresso, and now took to his phone.  And I to my camera. (I did NO...