Sunday, January 31, 2021

BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND--in the tub


 My youngest grandson is a charmer and a ham.  Isn't it obvious?  :>) 

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Friday, January 29, 2021

Thursday, January 28, 2021

ONE OF MANY GATES


Just a photo of one of the many smaller gates that lead down into lower Kalemegdan toward New Belgrade across the river.
 

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

POLITIKA NEWSPAPER



 Politika news paper is Belgrade's oldest newspaper. The company was founded in 1904 by journalist Vladislav Ribikar and its first edition appeared on January 25th of that year.  It is still in circulation today.

The bottom photo shows you the original building where you can just about (in this photo) make out the word Politika, and the top one, is the building to its left that houses the newspaper offices today.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

TWO FLAGS



 The top flag is the Serbian flag, flying proudly over the Serbian Academy of Arts.  The one with the red star is the Yugoslav flag, which flew over Yugoslavia from 1918 to 1992 until the country broke apart. 

Somebody still wishes it were together, I guess!

Monday, January 25, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--Under the Old Railway Bridge


 Just what the title says.  The old railroad station is not being used anymore, but the bridge still carries trams and cars. The area below the bridge along the Sava River is becoming posh. The area is not finished, if such a thing ever is, but is a constant challenge for muralists.


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Friday, January 22, 2021

SKYWATCH--waiting for the sunset


 A woman (a Muslim by her dress) stares across the river toward New Belgrade, awaiting the sunset.


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Thursday, January 21, 2021

STATUE OF STEFAN NEMANJA


 Here is the statue of Stefan Nemanja (NEH-mahn-ya) which stands in front of Belgrade's former railroad station. Its cost and necessity have drawn many comments and protests from locals.

You can read about who Stefan Nemanja was by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

IT'S MELTING


 Our snow is melting, but it may be back in February. Here's a happy little (and slim) snowman spotted today near the monument Pour la France in Kalemegdan park.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Monday, January 18, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--Mr. and Mrs. TomatoHead...and a cat


 Like many murals around town, this one just appeared over night in a passage not far from me.

No idea what the tomato head means!

MONDAY MURALS.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE: the balcony


 I think balconies like this beautifully detailed one are magnificent. They most likely bring more pleasure to the passers-by than to those who live there, but maybe not.

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Saturday, January 9, 2021

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--CAFE OVER THE WATER


 Few people there; a common sight nowadays amidst the CORONA pandemic.

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Friday, January 8, 2021

SKYWATCH--double sky


 Two for one here. A view of the tower of the Bridge Over Ada (Ada means a river island) from part of Ada itself where I walked with my family on New Year's Day.

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Thursday, January 7, 2021

SMILING LAMP POST





 A smiling lamp post...who knew? This one stands in front of Belgrade's National Museum.

UPDATE:  This happy face is also visible in a photo someone sent me taken downtown yesterday at some sort of Serbian pro-Trump rally....  I think it's laughing in the second photo. Certainly not much of a crowd showed up...

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

A TALE OF A WHALE AND A TALE OF A BOMB


The whale's tail stands just in front of the Modern Art Museum in New Belgrade. The building on the right in the background was an office building bombed from top to bottom during the 1999 NATO bombing of Belgrade,  Why bomb an office building, you might ask? Mainly because on its top was Marija Milosevic's (daughter of the infamous Slobodan Milosevic) sleazy television station Pink, which spouted propoganda for her dad.

After the bombing (you can see the bombed building just below here), it was repaired and even made a bit higher. Marija had since fled to Montenegro, abandoning her TV station...

The building on the left is a new adjacent to a mega mall.

Photographs by me...I was here for it all.



 

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

THE RED ROOSTER


A walk downtown over the New Year holidays revealed this small square which has been tidied up quite a bit since I last saw it. Ditto for the splended building behind it.

There's a rooster on top of the fountain and a cafe nearby, the Red Rooster, which was a cult cafe in the 50s,  60s and 70s. I say 'was' because for a while it was closed, awaiting renovation. It's been renovated too modern for my taste, but hey, that's the way of the world I guess.

I couldn't find out why it is called the Red Rooster....  

Monday, January 4, 2021

MONDAY MURALS--Mary among the ivy


 This mural stands in part of the garden of Christ the King Catholic Church on Krunska Street in Belgrade.

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Sunday, January 3, 2021

THE WEEKEND IN BLACK AND WHITE --Spot the dog.


That's an imperative:  "Spot the dog," not a noun clause "Spot, the dog." I have no idea what his name is and it doesn't look like he has any spots, but this fellow (or girl) sat on a parapet of Kalemegdan fortress for a long time, looking west.

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Saturday, January 2, 2021

WEEKEND REFLECTIONS--they've landed...


 Actually these little green men (and maybe one girl, who knows) that adorn the downtown location of the INTERGALACTIC DINER have been among us since 2012. They have now opened two more locations ... They have a preference for American food as you can tell from the menu if you click on the link, and will now happily deliver  your food in their little 'red rocket' delivery car....

They come in peace.

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Friday, January 1, 2021

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Missed the boat on this one. I spent New Year's Eve and NY Day at my son's place, and I couldn't upload his.

Looks like kids were sending out wishes for a better year. I  hope someone going to read them.

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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...