So where are all the flowers?

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First museum at the complex - The 25th of May museum

For our last day in Belgrade we go searching for the former farther of the country – no less than Tito himself. He actually had his birthday on the 25thof May which used to be a national holiday so it would have been cool to go and see his museum on that day – which was actually the day we arrived. Unfortunately my knowledge of former national holidays of Serbia and former Yugoslavia is somewhat limited so I had no change of making the right plan for this.

We have no idea how to get there so we have to ask some locals for a suggested direction. This isn’t all that easy since we both need to find somebody knowing the way and speaking English – which can be a bit of a problem.

Entrance to the 25th May museum
But we do find a friendly Serbian man with some English abilities who manage to give us direction – we just need to take trolleybus number 41. Now the next problem is finding the bus but it is just a short walk to the bus stop from where we can catch one of the buses.

The bus ride cost something – but today the ticket machine in the bus is broken down so the driver can’t sell tickets and we are told just to jump on board and enjoy a free ride to the museum. The cost of the ticket would probably have been next to nothing but the concept of a completely free legal ride always makes me feel like I am really lucky on this day.

We get to the museum which is actually a complex of three museums and we head inside the first one – which isn’t all that thrilling so we get through it in a hurry.

Statue of Tito
From there we head to the main thing for us – the house of flowers which is actually a sort of mausoleum for Tito himself. We get there and expecting to see lots of flowers – there are a few flowers but for a building called the house of flowers the number of flowers aren’t all that impressive. We head around the place seeing the grave and next to it is a small room with what looks a bit like Olympic flame batons – but they have nothing to do with the Olympics. Instead the batons are just used for different group in Yugoslavia who would sent them away and then do a relay race across the country to arrive at Titos for his birthday. There are so many different batons in the house.

From the house we head to the last and final museum which host a bit of an ethnographic display of different countries which has given gift to the former republic of Yugoslavia.

From the House of Flowers complex we head back towards the old town walking through some different areas passing some interesting spots like the parliament. We head back to the old town and just have time to go to the old church of Belgrade which is a nice little old church and then we head back luckily we get back just at the same time as somebody is leaving the building he ask us if we stay in this apartment and he says yes – so this way we manage to pay the bill tonight instead of having to figure out what to do later.

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First museum at the complex - The …
First museum at the complex - The…
Entrance to the 25th May museum
Entrance to the 25th May museum
Statue of Tito
Statue of Tito
Flowers in front of the House of F…
Flowers in front of the House of …
The batons in the House of Flowers
The batons in the House of Flowers
The batons in the House of Flowers
The batons in the House of Flowers
The batons in the House of Flowers
The batons in the House of Flowers
Titos grave
Titos grave
House of flowers
House of flowers
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hous…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hou…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hous…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hou…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hous…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hou…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hous…
Ethnografic exhibition at the Hou…
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Main church in Belgrade
Wedding musicians in front of anne…
Wedding musicians in front of ann…
Wedding musicians in front of anne…
Wedding musicians in front of ann…
Parliament
Parliament
Old Royal Palace now the city hall
Old Royal Palace now the city hall
Belgrade
photo by: tj1777