September 18th, 2006 – by: nonna
the result of NATO bombing in 1999
Lecture on modern Serbian; tour of Belgrade, Republic of Serbia
Now that weâ€™ve left what I always considered to be Eastern Europe, we are beginning to see the signs of war. Some of the buildings in Belgrade were bombed by NATO seven years ago and the Serbians have chosen to leave them ruined. Since the buildings are in the heart of the city and are shown to tourists on city tours, they are left ruined as a message but Iâ€™m not sure who the message is for.
Serbia was once part of the country of Yugoslavia which fragmented into Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro after the death of Tito and the breakup of the Communist Union.
This recent conflict however is merely the latest in what has been a long history of invasion and war. (WWI started from events here.)
Kalemegdan, every city has to have a fortress
Belgrade was pretty much leveled during WWII so the bombed buildings we see are all from 1999. Our city tour shows us a modern city with the freedom to photograph anything we like (except the US embassy which we are warned not to photograh. . .. . I sense the Serbians enjoy the irony.)
The cold pills have kicked in and Trish, Diz, my husband and I wander down the main shopping street in search of lunch. So far weâ€™ve done some window shopping on this trip but havenâ€™t bought anything but books, wine and food. Weâ€™ve tried to find an outdoor cafÃ© for a least one meal in each town and have been rewarded with good weather and great meals. Due to my cold, I havenâ€™t been able to really appreciate the nuances of the cuisine but Iâ€™m still eating as if I could.
In Belgrade we have one of the best meals yet - roast veal with great flat rounds of bread, hot green peppers and a salad of cold roasted red peppers. And of course local beer. We stop at a grocery store (for fear we might run out of room snacks . .) and an internet cafÃ© near the ship. This internet connection is no faster than the gamer cafes and a lot more expensive. It costs us $15.00 to check email etc - the same things we did for less than $ 1 in Vidin 2 days ago. Iâ€™m beginning to miss the gamers.