Serbian musuems.....their best kept secrets.....literally!
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This was my last day. The sky was overcast and much, much coolerâ€¦.almost winter like. It looked to be threatening rain.
My plans visit the National Museum of Serbia and the Josip Tito Memorial Complex. The Museum of Jugoslav History was closed at the time.
I headed first to the National Museum which is next to the Serbian Parliament. Wellâ€¦â€¦.not surprising on this journey, it was closed. Iâ€™m not sure if it is open at all. It was closed the last time I was hereâ€¦..aarrggh!
I stopped at the park across from the Serbian Parliament and took some pics. The flag poles were flying a flag of Serbia and either a flag of Russia or just a red, white and blue striped banner.
I continued on and turned next to the parliament building. It turned out to be the wrong direction which I walked for almost an hour of mis-turns!!! I It was not without its treasure discovery. I stopped to window shop and ended up with some amazing things. This store had handmade Serbian egg holders with the most beautiful of details. Iâ€™ve never seen anything like it. Also, for sale, was 6 different packages of egg decorations. These are designs on plastic tube sheets that after cutting and placing on a cooked and cooled egg, you place it back in hot water for just a moment and it forms to the egg. The designs are from these different regions and periods (Central Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Eastern Serbia, Medieval Serbia, and traditional Serbia Moravian School). What a find!!!
So, after asking a nice lady in a pharmacyâ€¦where I was and being totally shocked that I was nowhere near where I thought I was, I returned to the parliament.
I walked through some scary, scary areas. There were many large buildings abandoned and crumbling. It was obvious that people were squatting in them. Then I had to make a detour as I had a choice of crossing a highway or backtracking behind a hospital which had some sort of restricted military area attached to it. The hospital had large sections of it that were also in an abandoned and crumbling condition. It looked like a set for a horror film.
I made way around it to find that the Tito Museum was â€¦â€¦closed.
Just before 15:00, I went over to the Nikola Tesla Museum (300 dinar). Itâ€™s just a few blocks from the hostel. The museum is very small but showcases many of his greatest inventions and even his ashes. I did have to leave and go to a grocery store and get change as they didnâ€™t have change for me out of a 1000 dinar noteâ€¦â€¦equivalent to 10 euro or about 14 dollars. I was really surprised but, whatever. I returned and was taken on a demonstration tour of his inventions by a very nice guy who spoke English, well. After, I was shown a film about his life and works. He was a great man but, itâ€™s a bit biased. I guess that happens, right.
From the museum, I walked to the park attached to St.
The hostel is just down the block from St. Marks so, I was back in just a few minutes. Igor was waiting and we had some tea and chat.
He was finished at 17:00 and we left for an evening out around 18:00.
Soâ€¦.we continued on and stopped at a fantastic burek spot with Bosnian style burek. They had many filling options; mushroom, potato, leek, spinach, cheese, and meet. I had some spinach and some potato. It was very delicious and not greasyâ€¦.some burek can be greasy. MMMMMM GOOD!
Soon we needed to part as I needed to pack and get to bed at a reasonable time and Igor needed to get home â€¦â€¦a school night!
After getting back, I packed my bag and pulled out clothes for the next day. I washed my face and brushed my teethâ€¦.
I enjoyed my time in Serbia, again. It was filled with good times with Igor but, was a disappointment concerning museum closings. Is it all a secret??? Zica was very special even though the journey was roughâ€¦.worth it! I learned a little bit more about Serbia and its people. Itâ€™s more than you would think and worth your timeâ€¦..and patience.