Friday, May 31, 2024

DRYING OUTDOORS


 Few people own dryers here and I believe that is true for most of Europe. People use drying racks indoors or clotheslines that are on their terraces. I do have a dryer, but use an indoor rack to save electricity, wear and tear on clothes.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

INVASION


 Starbucks is everywhere and now here in Belgrade. This photo is of classic Serbian cakes in a local sweetshop...but look what is also offered...

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

GLORIOUS


 Every year in later spring, the linden trees bloom in all their glory and intoxicating scent. I just can't get enough of bith their magnificence and fragrance.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

TRAVEL IN STYLE

 

For those of you who like to flaunt something really different at the airport, now about some Nikola Tesla luggage covers? And you don't even have to fly Air Serbia. 😜

Monday, May 27, 2024

SERBIAN BREAKFAST


 I love to go out for breakfast. Today I went with two friends to an old- school Serbian restaurant.  It serves classic dishes like moussaka, stews, a variety of soups like nettle soup, roast meats, and a score of other mouth-watering dishes. Few people go out for breakfast here or if they do, they look for a more western breakfast. Above you will see what I had:  yummy polenta made with a creamy cheese (not visible; melted!) and chunks of a kind of feta cheese.  Strong black coffee. One of my friends' feta cheese, two eggs, small salad, and Serbian sausages is just across the table.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

BOTANICAL GARDEN


 Peeking through the iron railings thst cover one side of Belgrade's Botanical Garden, I caught this lovely scene. The wooden structure there is, I believe, birdhouses for sparrows.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

GUARDIAN


 If you check MY POST FROM LAST SUNDAY, you will see that I warded off three young hooligans who were intending to steal some chocolate and 200 dinars from this sleeping homeless person. Today I see he has a new guardian; a plastic lion someone left there.

Friday, May 24, 2024

WHEN YOU NEED SOMETHING SWEET...


 Bad phone shot. My favorite café only serves coffee, tea, soft drinks,and some alcoholic ones. That didn't stop this fellow from dashing to the pastry shop across the street and returning with something sweet.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

VINTAGE GLASS


 For photographers, 'vintage glass' could refer to an old but still useful lens. This glass is a flashback from my recent trip to Warsaw. I love this collection of this kind of vintage glass.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

FEED YOUR INNER CHILD


 Walked the dog this evening and then sat in the little park adjacent to my building. This young man was really enjoying himself. He'd been swinging when I started my walk (I walked the dog for about half an hour) and then I sat and watched him for a half an hour before going home. Looked out the window about 15 minutes later--still at it. And the show ended when it started to rain. 


You have to feed your inner child.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

I LIVE IN FEAR...

 

This was my fortune cookie's prediction....looking over my shoulder now, and of course upwards, too.  If I don't post for a while, you'll know why.

Monday, May 20, 2024

ELEGANCE

it was only 2:30 in the afternoon, but this young lady was all ready for some special occasion.
 

Sunday, May 19, 2024

UP TO NO GOOD


 When the weather was as good as it was last week, there are always a few homeless persons sleeping on benches in parks. One such was just to the left of where I took this photo. Some kind person had left 200 dinars ($2.00) with a lsrge chocolate bar beside his bare and callused feet on the bench. 


I saw these 'kids' spot the chocolate and the money. The one in the middle picked up a large stick and all tjree headed toward the bench. I stood by the bench and stared them down. They stopped. It was a case of who will back down first. I pulled out my phone snd pretended to take a video at which point the kid with the stick pulled up his hoodie and walked a distance away. Little kid was still smirking and the biggest one just stood there, mumbling his innocence. 


I told them to move on. No reaction. At that point I said I was calling the police. They instantly disappeared.

Saturday, May 18, 2024

DEDICATION

 

Just noticed this mural on a nearby street where I don't usually walk. Looks freshly done. On the upper right it reads "Street Hero" and on the upper left it says "To those who loved me."

Friday, May 17, 2024

SO UNCOMFORTABLE...

No more bus photos, but now an airline one. I flew to and from Warsaw with the Polish airline, LOT. Very efficient, and quite comfortable if you are of standard human size. This poor fellow, who must have been at least 6'6", was really uncomfortable. He was only sitting like this at the very end of the 2-hour flight. Otherwise, he'd have blocked the aisle.
 

Thursday, May 16, 2024

HAPPY DELIVERIES!


 Like yesterday, I took this photo while in a bus in Warsaw. I looked out the window, ever on alert for a shot, and lo and behold, this very happy delivery guy saw me and posed. A cutie he was.

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

LILY OF THE VALLEY


 On a recent trip, I asked a lady sitting next to me on the bus in Warsaw if I could take a photo of her bouquet. Usually Lilies of the Valley are given on May 1st, but their beauty allows them to be displayed all the time.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

FUNGI


 I have not posted for a while and now I am back in Belgrade dealing with packing for an upcoming intracity move. May not be able to post regularly for a while. 

These toadstools were growing on the rotting side of a maple tree. Wondering if they are edible....

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

WHITE TAXIS


 How dull. Starting today, May 8th, all taxis must be white to comply with EU standard. Serbia is not even in the EU (yet...), but looks like it wants to be.

Monday, May 6, 2024

EDIBLE SPOON


 I love this idea. This is the first time I have seen coffee served with an edible (cookie) spoon. It is environmentally friendly (saves on washing) and yummy.

Sunday, May 5, 2024

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

ELECTION TIME AGAIN...

Elections pop up here seemingly at someone's whim. In June there will be another round of elections for the City Assembly, due to alleged irregularites in the 2023 elections. Here is a stand run by supporters of Serbia's current president. I shall write no more, but you can have a look RIGHT HERE.
 

MONSOON....

 We have had three days of heavy rains....Belgrade monsoon. Hot, humid. This is a view from my new apartment where I am now living. Unpackin...