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Holiday photos part 1

Well after four days of kicking my ass in varying degrees cluster migraine has eased, and I no longer feel like my head is being split with an axe and having to dope myself to the eyeballs in order to keep functioning.

However, one of the positive aspects being that four days of feeling too quesy to eat has had definate positive effects on my figure, and now I have a flat tummy again and my trousers are looser than they used to be.




The favourite past time of old men in Belgrade- playing chess in Kalemegdan (while other old men look on and comment.

Kalemegdan is very very very old. It's been there for at least a thousand years and there are remnants of the first fortress which has then been built on time and time again. It was meant to defend Belgrade against attack from the river. Parts of the fortress have been preserved and now serve as a war museum. And there is a huge huge huge lovely park of chestnut and oak trees mostly, and it's one of my favourite parts of Belgrade.

Kalemegdan is IMMENSE and another part of it houses the zoo.



One of the landmarks of Belgrade- this statue is called the Victor- it stands on Kalemegdan above the ruins of the old fortress.



This shows nothing in particular beyond a moment of storm and a mad wind flinging everything about. It's not eh best picture I've ever taken but for some reason I really like it.



this is another landmark of Kalemegdan- the stray dogs run here; A young one took a deep liking to my skirt and started chewing it.



Another feature of Belgrade- there are many of thse scattered about, the bombed out buildings from the NATO strike of 1999



one of the main streets of Belgrade



A view of old (and falling apart) Belgrade from Kalemegdan/



Another view of old Belgrade from Kalemegdan.



A view of the river Sava from Kalemegdan- you can see the little boats on the river- there are many many many of those and they are usually bars/cafes.

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guihong
Jul. 11th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC)
I had no idea Belgrade itself was so old-if the fortress was there 1,000 years ago, so must there have been something to defend.
I love seeing pictures of your homeland, so different from my own :o).
gui
rainsinger
Jul. 11th, 2004 04:01 pm (UTC)
Belgrade is extremely old. But it wasn't always called Belgrade (literally translated, White City)- once upon a time it used to be Singidunum . It was built by the Celts and conquered by the Romans.

We've got some mad mad mad history. Over its life the city got rebuilt from ash and rubble 38 times and something like 40 different armies tried to conquer it.
ninetimestodie
Jul. 12th, 2004 12:32 am (UTC)
Must be rather spiffy for it to have so many after it!

Jealousy.. terrible.
rainsinger
Jul. 12th, 2004 04:39 am (UTC)
:)
I don't think it was spiffy so much as strategic because it was built where two rivers met and at one time had been an important place for trade routes and travellers.
ninetimestodie
Jul. 12th, 2004 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm rather pouty now. We were to visit once, but alas conflict forced a back out at the last moment. We went to Majorca instead (0_o) and mother caught pneumonia. Not a good year really!
(Anonymous)
Jul. 11th, 2004 10:44 pm (UTC)
I am ALL for loose trousers! RrrrrrrrrrrrRRRRRRrrrrrrrr


Elf
dubaiyan
Jul. 12th, 2004 07:55 am (UTC)
oo pretty pics!
Glad you're back though!

take more than 5 days to flatten my tummy...*pokes*
guihong
Jul. 12th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
That's a very interesting site :o). I had no idea that Celts, which I associate with Ireland, found their way into central Europe.

No wonder the history of the Balkans themselves is so convoluted.

I was looking for Alexander the Great-though I think he arose from that general area, I don't know.

gui
rainsinger
Jul. 12th, 2004 09:37 am (UTC)
Yep Alexander the Great was from our neck of the woods (sort of), he was from Macedonia.
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