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The Balkans With a Side of Turkey :: Part 1, Serbia

2 Sep

Belgrade Serbia Balkans Beograd Travel

If you follow me over on Instagram or Twitter, you might have caught a glimpse of my adventures in the Balkans (with a quick zip over to Turkey for good measure) back in June. Initially I thought I’d do a one post roundup including a photo or two of each place, but with five countries visited in 21 days that makes for a severely edited yet still long post. Instead I’ll be trying for quick highlights of each country, possibly with longer, detailed posts in the future. First stop, Serbia.

P.S. I guess this means I should post pics from Portugal and Morocco one of these days too…

Above: View from my 15th floor room. I arrived in Belgrade a few days ahead of our crew in an attempt to straighten out my jet lag. One perk? Awaking early to beautiful morning light.

Novi Sad, Serbia, Balkans, Travel

Train to Novi Sad (shown in the two pics below), the second largest city in Serbia. More on that day over here.

Novi Sad Serbia Balkans Travel

Petrovaradin Fortress Novi Sad Serbia Balkans Travel

And then back to Belgrade.

Belgrade Beograd Serbia Balkans Travel

Kalamegdan Fortress Belgrade Beograd Serbia Balkans Travel

Belgrade Beograd Serbia Balkans Travel

Aviation Museum Belgrade Beograd Serbia Balkans Travel

Though I didn’t fall head over heels, all in all, I ended up liking Belgrade. One wrong turn, some help from friendly locals, and I found my way easily from there on out. While Belgrade didn’t have the wealth of museums many capitals do (I think they’re still getting the national museum back up to speed, though it’s worth a peek), it forced me to check out a few I might not normally have, namely the Nikola Tesla Museum (ask for the guy who demos the exhibits) and the Aviation Museum. Also, bring your appetite! Belgrade has no shortage of food offerings with its abundance of cafés/kafanas. Everything I had was very good and affordable.

As with most places a good bit of wandering is the best way to take it all in. Belgrade boasts a ton of details if you pause to look. It’s a city of contrasts. There’s obvious appeal in centuries of history in a scenic fortress, churches, squares, and art nouveau embellishments juxtaposed with the beauty of decay and grit of recent history – communist era buildings, a bombed Ministry of Defense ruin, and a revered and graffitied printing institution. Obviously with only five days, there is plenty I did not get around to seeing or experiencing – given the right opportunity, I would definitely return.

August Break :: 8.30.13

31 Aug

Design by Jen Rose Garden

I’m in Central Oregon with no access to wi-fi (might not even pack my laptop), so here’s another from beautiful downtown Portland. This may or may not be the final post of the August Break – we’ll see if I come home with anything. At any rate, it’ll definitely be September before I can post anything new.

Thanks for following along!


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August Break :: 8.29.13

30 Aug

Design by Jen Red Fish

Lots to see. If you look.


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August Break :: 8.28.13 (b)

29 Aug

Design by Jen Porttland Art Museum

Design by Jen Porttland Art Museum

Here are a couple more from yesterday’s walk. If you look closely, you’ll see this is composed of helmets.

*(a) because I’m posting more from today, tomorrow (b).


I’m participating in the August Break, but with my own take on the theme. I’d love it if you followed along! View the growing set all at once, if you wish.

August Break :: 8.28.13 (a)

28 Aug

Design by Jen Farmers Market

Today. Today, the HTML climbed through the monitor and attempted to scratch out my eyeballs. Really.

And so. I declared, “I’m going for a walk!” And I did. And I was reminded. Of why. I do these monthly challenges. And I was grateful. For the push. For the excuse. And for this city. Its sounds. Piano players commanded to “Please play me.” Blocks cordoned off for lunchtime concerts. Its bustle. An art museum. A farmer’s market.  Its lavender smells wafting and reminding me of weekend adventures. Its colors. Its contrasts. The pausing. The tilting of the head. The peering around the corner. The what-if-I-looked-from-a-different-angle. The re-energizing of an afternoon.

*(a) because I’m posting more from today, tomorrow (b).


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August Break :: 8.26.13

27 Aug

Design by Jen Rainy Flashing Red

Last night’s (pre-torrential downpour) rain made for excellent red light reflection.

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August Break :: 8.25.13

26 Aug

Design by Jen Anne Amie Vineyards

Design by Jen Ardiri Umbrella

Here are a couple of iPhone snaps from Saturday’s adventure in Willamette Valley wine country.

And one non-red thread one, too:

Design by Jen Red Ridge

I’m participating in the August Break, but with my own take on the theme. I’d love it if you followed along! View the growing set all at once, if you wish.