Hey Inquisitive Travelers! I am back with another travel post on my vacation to Europe. Missed the first post? Check it out here.
Ok, so after we left Austria, we planned to stay in Belgrade, Serbia, which is the capital.The big reasons we were going to Serbia were to 1) visit relatives and 2) just travel in general and explore.
Belgrade has different sides to it. There’s Old Belgrade (very much like the picture above) and New Belgrade. Old Belgrade has old buildings from centuries ago. Old Belgrade really likes to show off its age, because Serbia has been through many ages and times. But, I really like New Belgrade better. It’s just my personal taste.
One of the highlights of going to Belgrade is going downtown, my favorite part of the city.
You can take a short bus ride from some parts of Old Belgrade, or you can take a trolley ride. But trolleys aren’t accessed from every part of Belgrade, but if you can take a trolley, take it. It’s a smooth, comfortable ride with no gas emissions, because everything is electrical.
Everywhere is a walking area, which I love. There are many shops to choose from ~ cafes, restaurants, boutiques, shoe shops, sweet shops (like Slatka Kuća ~ sweet house [even though it’s not in downtown Belgrade, I still recommend going there if you are a sugar maniac] ) , and more!
Here are some common Serbian phrases:
Hello/Goodbye – Ćao
How are you? – Kako sí ti?
Good – Dobro Ok – Onako Bad – Loś Yes – Da No – Ne
I don’t know – Ne znam I will buy this – Ja ću da kupim ovo
How much does this cost? – Koliko ovo košta?
What is your name? Kako se zoveš? I am… – Ja sam…
Have a good meal/day/one – Prijatno!
Tip: Know the general transition from your currency to diners (Serbian currency). It’ll help you a lot when you shop.
Let’s talk about food for a second. Food is a big thing in Serbia! Whenever I think of Serbian food, I instantly think of sarma ,which is stuffed cabbage with pork.
Anyways, we went to a boat restaurant and we ate traditionally Serbian food. Besides sarma, popular ćevapi, freshly-made salads with greens and feta cheese. Also, in almost any type of restaurant in Serbia, you can order Vienna Schnitzel, which is breaded, thin-sliced pork or veal. Serbians got that recipe from their Austrian neighbors, who knows how many centuries ago! You can also order freshly-caught fish that they grill on that boat.
In summary, the best places to visit in Belgrade are Skadarlija, the bojemian part of downtown, Ada Ciganlija, the city beach on the lake, Kalemegdan Park (the biggest park in the city), board walks on the Sava and Danube Rivers, etc.