Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Tuesday, May 25, 2010


If you have time today, go visit House of Flowers, there will be a bunch of interesting things to see:

  1. At 10:00 30 bikers from Slovenia will put flowers on Tito's grave (it's already a traditional event)
  2. At 11:00 many other people, including Tito's grandson, will put flowers on Tito's tomb
  3. At noon, youth batons (štafeta) from 6 ex-Yu cities will arrive on the plateau in front of museum 25th May. Tito's grandson will receive them.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Museum of African Art - something different

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Museum of Museum of African Art is unique in many ways. It is one of the few museums that are working on Mondays, it is located in the most luxurious residential area in Belgrade, and it is the only museum in the region of South East Europe completely dedicated to the African art and culture.

Muzej afričke umetnosti (Originalno (detalj, izgled))Museum has its permanent display contains artifacts from the traditional societies of various ethnic groups from West Africa, which are sorted by material type and geographic origin. From objects for everyday use, musical instruments, decorations, to objects used in rituals, they are all breathtaking and beautiful, with striking simplicity, yet vivid appearance. Even barn doors are works of art, with carved motifs of women, or animals. Masks are various, and depending on their purpose, they are varying from very simple small masks, to more than one meter high 'sculptures'. One thing is common for all exhibits in this museum: it clearly shows the connection and love of those people with nature and everything originating from it - that is something that we have forgotten, living in big concrete cities.

Muzej afričke umetnosti (Okolina)There is one more other thing that makes this museum so special: it has a beautiful and very spacious courtyard, where during the summer period museum organizes various events – concerts, various performances, bazaars… I always love to attend that kind of events, where you can enjoy different culture with all senses – to see beautiful handicrafts, paintings, and artworks, to smell and taste the food, to hear the music. On those days the museum is crowded with people.

Apart from those occasional special events, museum organizes thematic exhibitions, lectures, film and video screenings, art and music workshops, so it is good to check their web site occasionally.

Muzej afričke umetnosti (Originalno (detalj, izgled))The entrance fee is symbolic (about 1 €), but still, there are no many visitors, maybe because it is completely out of the way from all cultural and other social focal points. However, it is quite near to House of Flowers and museum 25 May, so if you are going there, consider visiting this unique museum, as well – it is worth the time you'll spend there. Also from there, you can continue to Konak Kneza Miloša, which is just down the hill, in the same Topčider area. 

Muzej afričke umetnosti (Detalj)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Avala Tower opening today!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Avala Tower (source: RTS)
The long-time awaited opening ceremony of Avala Tower is scheduled today at 5 P.M. There is no possibility to attend the ceremony without invitation, but there will be a live broadcast on RTS 1. If you have a possibility, find a good spot for observing Avala Tower (like Vidikovac), because just before 8 P.M. a 'spectacular' fireworks is announced. I hope it will be spectacular, because I have just the right spot for watching it ;o)

Sunday, April 4, 2010


Sunday, April 4, 2010
To all my friends and blog readers I wish HAPPY EASTER!


(If you want to reply in Serbian, it's "Vaistinu voskrese!".)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Spring has come to Belgrade!

Friday, March 26, 2010
Everything is blooming, even attractions are blooming. This spring will be full of events, so prepare yourself. 

Every spring the Belgrade Zoo - Vrt Dobre Nade - welcomes many newborn cubs, and you can see them in "Baby Zoo", after a nice walk in Kalemegdan (fortress founded by Celts), where you can also visit Church Ružica, Chapel of St. Petka and Military Museum (with impressive collection of medieval arms and  knights' gear).

Belgrade is celebrating 'Belgrade Days' from 16th - 19th April and many cultural events will be held on different locations. The Slav name "Belgrade" was first recorded on April 16th 878 in a letter from Pope John 8th to Bulgarian knez Boris and on 19th April 1867, Belgrade was officially at liberty after almost 350 years of Turkish occupation. 

After feeding your soul, you will need some exercise, so don't miss the XXIII International Belgrade Marathon is on  18 April. Kraljevski Beli Dvor opens its gates for visitors in April, until October, so you can enjoy beauties of the Royal Court, but be sure to reserve your ticket in advance.

Cafes and restaurants are opening their terraces and you can sit back and relax in the shade (or sun) while watching people passing by in Skadarlija, or Strahinjića Bana, or you can chill out and watch river from many cafes on the water in Ada Ciganlija or Sava river. 

In April Belgrade Hippodrome opens the season with regular Sunday's races, where ladies will wear their best hats - not quite as in Ascot, but worth seeing.

Orthodox Easter is on April 3rd - join us for eggs breaking contest and many other joyful events celebrating this sacred Holliday.

May starts with different attractions: on May 4th, just after the Labor's Day, and on 25 May (former Youth Day) many tourists from all around the world come to visit Kuća Cveća, to honor the former Yugoslav president, Josip Broz Tito. Other, merrier event is 'Fantasy Wedding', collective wedding ceremony in front of Stari Dvor, first time organized during NATO bombing in 1999, and became the tradition. Museum Night starts on 15 May. From May 21 - 23 you can see  Svibor International Knight's tournament in Kalemegdan.

June starts with Spasovdan (5th June), Belgrade slava (day of St. protector of the city), and you can watch the holy procession on the streets of Belgrade.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Orthodox Christmas

Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Christmas Eve
Photo: www.hramsvetogsave.com
Christmas Eve, in Serbian Badnje veče (pronounced as badnye veche) is celebrated on 6th of January. Instead of Chrismas tree, Orthodoxs have badnjak (badnyak), which symbolizes the wood that shepherds brought to Joseph to stoke the fire to warm the cave where Christ was born. On Christmas Eve, before the sunrise, male members of the family should go to collect badnjak in the woods, which they bring in house in the evening, together with straw and roasted pork. Of course, nowadays this tradition has changed, so it is usual that they buy already prepared oak tree leaves on branches, tied with red, blue and white ribbons, and mostly decorated with small bags with wheat and corn. Straw is symbolizing the straw where baby Jesus was laying - it should be spread on the house floor, especially below dining table, where it should be mixed with sweets, dried fruits and small presents, for children. Children should make noise like chicks, while looking for presents. After that, the family joins at the dining table for the Lenten dinner. Badnjak was supposed to be burnt in a fireplace, or a stove, but since most of people don't have it anymore, it can be burnt outside the house, or in church.
People go to church to attend the Midnight Christmas Liturgy. After the first part of the Christmas Liturgy in the Church, everyone, including the choir, follow the priest outside to walk around the church three times before burning badnjak. After burning of badnjak, people return into church for continuation of the Liturgy and more singing. 
Photo: sonja r. @flickr

Photo: pelagija @flickr
On Christmas Day, 7th January, family goes to church and upon return home the most festive meal of the year is served. The father lights a candle and incense, and says a prayer. Family turns česnica (chesnitsa) from left to right singing Roždestvo Tvoje, the Christmas hymn glorifying the birth of Christ, and then break česnica, so each member of the family receives a piece, leaving one portion for an unexpected guest. Česnica is a round bread, baked from wheat flour (nowadays, people usually buy it form bakery store). A coin is placed inside česnica to bring good luck throughout the year to the person who finds it. Each person kisses the person next to him/her three times, with the greeting "Hristos se rodi!" - "Christ is born!" and receives in reply "Vaistinu se rodi!" - "Indeed He is born!" This greeting and reply is being used all three days of Christmas, instead of "Merry Christmas".
As you have noticed, there are no presents opening, as in other Christian Christmas customs. That is because three Sundays prior to Christmas are dedicated to the family: Detinjci (Detinytsi - Children's Day), Materice (Materitse - Mother's Day) and Očevi (Ochevi - Father's Day). On each of these days family members , usually one by one ;o))), tie the title celebrants to an object (eg. a chair, or tie his/her legs to each other), and their release is obtained with a gift. But anyhow, nowadays majority of people in Serbia are giving presents for the New Year's Eve, on 31st December.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Never underestimate the beauty of the City outside the center

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Unless you have friends or relatives who live outside the city center, you probably won't bother to visit the Southern part of Belgrade near the hill called Košutnjak, even if you have plenty of time. That's a pity, because just after the beautiful Košutnjak park, there is a part of town called Vidikovac (literally translated it means Viewpoint) - the name speaks for itself. Here, you can find plenty of nice restaurants surrounded by woods, of which some even have astonishing view to the city and Mt. Avala. I will write about those restaurants in some other posts, but here I just want to show you the view from an ordinary residential building in this area. All photos are made with simple idiot-camera, so the quality might not be the best, but I think you'll get the picture.






Nature's phenomenons

Well, if you think it's worth visiting, it's good to know that this is only 13 km from the city center, and not more than 30 minutes by public transportation ;o)