Kalemegdan

Trip Start Jun 09, 2008
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Trip End Jul 04, 2008


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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

To tell you the truth, I expected an unstable and dangerous city from Belgrad. however, it was truly peaceful. I didn't have any travel information before the arrival, because my guide Best of Eastern Europe didn't spare any pages for Belgrad. So, as I always do, I checked up on Thorn Tree Forum and found out that the best atraction of the city seemed to be Kalimegdan. It was a spacious park with a castle citadel ruin, a small church, an archeological museum, a military museum, some monuments, and basketball and tennis courts. I guessed it was a popular complex not only for tourists but also for citizens. A view from the citadel was beautiful with Danube river...again. There was a simple and small, but lovely church near the citadel. By the way, I prefer small churches like that, because I don't understand why churches should be gorgeous like castles in Europe. After strolling and sleeping on the grass, I headed for the Kneza Mihaila Street. There were nothing to do there. I also went to the gate of the botanic garden, but it looked boring and so I skipped it. I had really nothing to do until the departure on the night. So I took a walk along the bank of the river on the opposite side of CBD to kill time and, again, found nothing but a monument. I didn't know what the monument meant, but it turned out to be the monument to victims of Belgrade Concentration Camp.

By the way, I was surprised to see the citizens drink tap water and asked one of them if it was safe to drink. He said "no problem", but the water obviously looked cloudy. So I tried to stop filling the plastic bottle with it, but he insisted that it was drinkable and asked for others' agreement as well! Eventually, I stored the water and I managed to drink it without any problems.
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