Wandering the wall of the old fortress
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I had an unusually easy trip to the centre of Belgrade from Copenhagen. My flight was 15 minutes early and there was absolutely no queue at the immigration at the airport and the bus to the central station only took a short while.
I had agree to meet up with Yunni at the central station so given my extremely fast trip to the centre I actually had to go for a cup of coffee before her train arrived from Novi Sad. When she arrived we decided to walk to the place we would be staying. I had been really clever to print out a Google Map and I was sure I would be able to find my way to the place where the apartment was located.
Unfortunately it seems like Google Maps haven’t got particularly good maps of walking through old towns in the Balkans.
When we finally arrived to the place there was nobody there to open the door for us – so we had to phone them and tell the owners we had arrived.
After waiting for a while we gave up and tried to phone again – and were told that the owner would show up shortly. Hence we waited in front of the building once again – still nobody around. But the window on the first floor was open.
Finally settled we decide to go out and explore the old town of Belgrade – after a bit of rain earlier in the day the weather actually looks pretty decent now. So we walk down to the old town and go to the Kalemegdan fortress. I find this is the most impressive spot in all of Belgrade with the big walls and old buildings on the fortress area.
We walk around taking in the sights of the fortress when it starts to rain again – none of us are really fond of the rain so we decide to make our way back towards the centre of the city. We get down to the main pedestrian street in old Belgrade and we walk through it just popping in for a bit at one of the cafes for a much deserved coffee and chocolate cake.
We go inside the tourist information where figuring this is where we are supposed to meet – unfortunately Dragana is waiting outside on the next street. After we have all been waiting really close to each other Dragana fortunately looks around the corner and spots us. We head out to have a pre dinner drink at bar famous for its many different rakia’s. We have a drink before dinner and then we head off to one of the restaurants in the bohemian quarter of Belgrade. We walk into a restaurant which like all the other has a free band.
The meals are huge – we only get a set meal designed for two persons – but we cannot finish it off even though we are the three of us. After dinner we joined up with Draganas cousin and friend at a place they had gone for the night for some salsa dancing.