Wednesday, November 30, 2022
There isn't really any homeowners' association to maintain buildings here inside and out. Apartment buildings elect a person living in the building or can opt to resort to an outside firm that specializes in upkeep. Either option requires a small payment (or sometimes significant if repairs are costly) from each apartment owner. Sadly, most people don't consider anything outside their own door as 'theirs,' so you see many such building facades like this.Who knows what the hallways and stairways are like?
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
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Sunday, November 27, 2022
Not a real palace in the royal sense, but the PALACE OF SERBIA houses several ministries and cabinet-level agencies. A true 65,000 square meter showplace completed in 1959. Of course it was first called The Palace of the Federation (i.e. Yugoslavia).
I had the privileged opportnity yesterday of touring the building, and with its art and restored furniture from various parts of the former Yugoslavia, it was literally mind-blowing. If the opportunity arises again, I may go back.
What you see in the photo here behind those closed doors is Tito's (RIP) office, but we were not allowed in.
Saturday, November 26, 2022
This eyesore of a building on a street downtown has stood like this literally for years and years. It is assumed the builders/financers ran out of money or perhaps never had a building permit to begin with.
In any case, it's ugly as it stands now, but perfect for the theme BLACK AND WHITE WEEKEND.
Thursday, November 24, 2022
I confess. I have already used this photo earlier this month, but Thanksgiving snuck up on me. Here in Serbia it isn't a holiday today, so I am celebrating with family this coming Sunday when it's easier for them to come. That 'forgetting' Thanksgiving is today is a lame excuse, but I wanted to wish you all a happy day of 'thanksgiving,' whether you celebrate the real holiday or not. Every single one of us has at least one thing to be thankful for.
All the best to all of you.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
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Rodney and his devoted owner caught my eye the other day while walking my dog. I watched him from a distance, lovingly cuddling his pet, talking to him, and it made me feel so good. I moseyed over and struck up a conversation. Standard story: he lives alone but does have a daughter in Belgrade and little Rodney, 9 months old, keeps him great company.
Monday, November 14, 2022
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Wednesday, November 9, 2022
Downtown there is a very old restaurant across from the main church in Belgrade. When the restaurant was first established in 1823, it was named Tomina Kafana. Later in 1878, its name was changed to Kod Pastira (At the Shepherd's), and even later on in 1892 when it changed owners, an attempt was made to call iit Kod Saborne Crkve (At the Saborna Church), which infuriated the clergy. Tired of many name changes, the owner put a large ? on the door, and Znak Pitanja (or Question Mark stayed). Here is a LINK if you want to read more.
In any case, I visited it recently with a friend and here is one happy waiter.
Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Monday, November 7, 2022
Every now and then I pop down one of Belgrade's passageways that link two main streets. Found this pearl created on the wall of the newly-opened HOTEL INDIGO. Click on that link if you're planning a trip this way.
On the terrace above the mural is a cafe, which I need to check out since I think it just might have some sort of urban view.
Check out more murals on MONDAY MURALS.
Sunday, November 6, 2022
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Thursday, November 3, 2022
I love these shuttered windows. I waited patiently on the other side of the street to photograph them sans homo sapiens, but he stayed. I think he was waiting for a ride.
I could have eliminated me on Photoshop, but after a few days I looked at my photos and realize I had kind of grown attached to him, haha.
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
I found this theme rather mundane until I began to think out of the box. Here I have chosen 'soft' to mean both the light and colors in the photo above, as well as to impart the soft, warm, fuzzy feeling I have when I look at it.
The photo is of the courtyard of the old Institut d'Etudes Francaises pour Etudiants Etrangers , rue Gaston de Saporta, in Aix-en-Provence. This institute, affiliated with the University of Aix-Marseille, is no longer located at this address. From 1968 to 1969 I spent a year studying here in Aix, and developed friendships I have maintained until the present. Wonderful memories, times.
In a previous post from 2011, you can see me (on the right) along with our director and two friends standing in front of the outer street door that led to this courtyard. Our director is now 95 and going strong.
I must thank my friend Layne, who also studied with me, who sent me this photo.
See other interpretations of 'soft' on CITY DAILY PHOTO THEME DAY.
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