We had a quick visit to Belgrade, Serbia last week with Tirrivirri (wooohooo!)
First of all, It was our first trip together since we got Cookie, and we left her at a pet hotel at Istanbul and she had great time.(If you’re looking for a pet hotel in Istanbul, poke me)
- Plane tickets to Belgrade were super cheap from Turkey. I don’t know about the other countries, maybe it was cheap because it’s close, either way it was good.
- It was also my very first hostel experience, Tirrivirri stayed at many different hostels while she was backpacking through Europe but I’ve always stayed at hotels and airbnb before. If you’re planning to visit Belgrade, Good Morning Hostel is strongly recommended, It’s a little bit far from the city center but it’s cheap, clean and comfy.
- So, generally, Belgrade trip was quite good. Everything in this city is extremely cheap! So Belgrade is a good choice if you’re travelling in budget!
- Our trip was only for three days and we thought it might not be enough but Belgrade is not a big city and 3 days of time is pretty good. I’m assuming you might want to spend more time if it’s summer.
- As far as I could see, no one pays for public transportation in Belgrade. We didn’t want to get into trouble and asked for tickets to many places but we couldn’t find any.
- FOOD.IS.AMAZING!!! Of course everyone has different taste about local food. I coulnd’t taste some of the meals and drinks but things I’ve eaten were amazing. I gained couple of pounds, but totally worth it. For breakfast, I suggest bakery’s (pekara in Serbian) our favourite was Toma.
Aaand Tirrivirri looks like a squirrel when she’s having breakfast.
- Whole city felt like 90’s <3 And it’s definitely not a bad thing, it felt nostalgic actually :<
Serbia does not want Schengen or any other visa when you are visiting from Turkey. That’s probably the reason of the ridiculous amount of Turkish tourists :<
Belgrade has only one and small airport, named after Nikola Tesla. There aren’t many international flights from this airport so it’s very hard to get lost. You can take the busses 72 (to the city center) or A1 (express bus to little bit outside the city) and it takes about 30-40 minutes.
We had a quick tour at the city, and had our first meal, Goulash! Its actually a Hungarian meal, but eh, Balkans <3 we also had Shopska salad, it was the most delicious salad I’ve ever eaten <3
Also we’ve seen this at the diner. Yes, it was used to remove kebab..
Passed by Hotel Moscow…
Tirrivirri is judging Vegans.. I mean, yeah they don’t meat and everything but it’s not a reason to shoo them :<
After a quick stop at hostel we went out! We wanted to see Kalemegdan, walked through the old city via Knez Mihailova Street..
and reached Kalemegdan!
We also had the chance to see the Pobednik (The Victor) It’s one of the most popular scenes of Belgrade and it’s almost peaceful to see him watching Sava and Danube.
We’ve also visited Church of Saint Mark. I’ve visited many Catholic churches before but not many Orthodox churches (outside my country, obviously) Their style is completely different with so much gold and everything..
And the last thing. We went to the Dali Exhibition! It wasn’t in our plans, we saw it when we were walking through the Knez Mihailova Street, and decided to go in.
I’ve never seen proper Dali works before. I have to tell you, is inspired me a lot. We saw some ofhis works focusing on death, heaven, hell and inspired by (and focuses on) Dante.
I’m sure that this inspired an Angel at Evangelion..
That awkward moment when your lips look like artwork (?!?!)
Also Giraffe Venus. OMG, I can’t actually find words to tell you how much I was impressed by this. Venus de Milo is my favourite sculpture of all times, and I think I don’t even need to tell you that how much I love Giraffes. This sculpture is on my list right nao. Someday, I’ll save enough money and buy the original. (better start saving then…
our first stop was National Museum.. and we were sooo excited!!
….aaaaand it was closed, due to restoration.. Their collection is one of the best ones I’ve ever heard, they had pretty much everything I would like to see (as far as I know it will be opened 3 months after.. well.. I have to go back obviously)
After this huge disappointment, we went to Nikola Tesla museum. You should know that they have a pretty modest collection of his belongings, and it’s quite small.
But tour with guide (after the quick video) was pretty amazing, and we had chance to some of his projects, working (not the real ones of course)
There weren’t many information about the whole Edison vs Tesla thing, but guestbook was full of comments like that. Mostly in Turkish..
– would it be racism if I was talking about my very own people??-
Anywaayyss.. Then went to Church of St. Sava. They started building it in 1935, more than 80 years ago and inside of it wasn’t even finished yet. But have to tell you , it’s huge!
Then we fooled around in the park little bit.
And ended our night in the Skadarlija with a good meal. (cevapcici with kajmak and shopska salad. YUMS)
Seen couple of things from the city on our way back to hostel.
For our last day, we’ve decided to leave the old city a little bit. In the morning, we went to Zemun area , to see the Gardos tower.
We got lost (a little bit).. then we found it.
You can visit the top with a small fee and view is amazing.
Tower itself is pretty good too. Obviously, we had a photoshoot.
After this amazing morning, we went back to old city, then went to Ada Ciganlija. I’m sure this place is amazing at Summer but it was pretty good at this weather too!
This gif be the best thing I’ve ever recorded. Sunset at Kalemegdan was suggested many times (didn’t have chance to see it) but I was very pleased to see this particular one.
For our last night, we went to Gradska restaurant for an amazing dinner. They do know how to cook meat you should try it. Rakija (their famous the drink) on the other hand, gace Tirrivirri a hard time, you’re awared !
This was our whole Belgrade trip. We had really good time. I definitely suggest this city, I’m going back some day anyway :3
More photos from the city;