Walking around Belgrade
Belgrade Travel Blog› entry 9 of 11 › view all entries
July 18th, 2007 – by: mattdale77
We checked in there then went wandering. We headed up to the Old Town where there are a lot of impressive buildings, parks and gardens, and from there to the Kalemegdan Fortress which was pretty impressive, some great views over Belgrade and the confluence of the Danube and the Sava rivers. There was a surprise military museum in the fortress and a lovely little church over the far side.
I ate some lovely pastries from a little shop near the main square and have definitely decided that bread and pastry is something that the Serbs do very well, along with meat.
We had a look round some of the shops and I was surprised to find how western they all were with most of them the same shops that I'd find back home and the prices weren't all that much lower either. This came as a surprise to me as I had expected the prices to be much lower.
Overall I found Belgrade to be a strange mix of eastern and western culture, instead of the gradual blending of east and west that I've seen other places it's like either east or west, there wasn't much grey area. I really liked the city though and want to go back at some point as there is a lot I did not get to see.
Rocky booked himself on a bus to Sophia at 1 in the morning and then we headed back to the hostel we made more friends in the hostel and I went to a fast food place called Foody Foody Foody for dinner with a couple of girls who were staying there, I think we were a bit late so we didn't have much choice in what to eat but I ended up with what I think was a chicken batak, it was very very tasty and pretty cheap so I have no complaints.
After I got back and had a shower myself, Rocky and 2 more guys from the hostel went for food although I absteined due to having already eaten. Rocky then left us to get some sleep before his bus and the 3 of us tried to a club called plastic which one of the guys had heard of. Unfortunately it was closed for refurbishment so we were out of luck. We then went to a bar on the side of the fortress called Andergrund which means underground. It seemed very cool but there was about 5 people there so we decided to move on. The girl at the bar recommended Freestyler, one of the Splavovi, floating clubs on the river. First impressions were good as it was very extravagent with white leather everywhere and neon lights. We soon began to get a bad vibe when we tried to sit down in a booth but were told, by some gestures from some guy, that we couldn't.
When we got back there was someone in Rocky's bed which I assumed was a new person in the hostel but it turned out to be Rocky who had missed his bus.
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