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Belgrade and more day 5 adventures

Day 5

The clocks changed during the evening and went back an hour…….an extra hour sleep to prepare for today. Up until today we had been 2 hours ahead of the UK. We arrived in Belgrade at 06:00. Belgrade is the capital of Serbia, located at the junction of the Danube and Sava Rivers. Belgrade has 2,300 years of history and has been destroyed no less than 40 times!

There was a choice of tours available for the morning:

1 – Belgrade city tour
2 – Tito”s Memorial tour
3 – Culinary Delights tour to the Quburich distillery and Avala tower

I opted for the city tour. After clearing customs we boarded coaches for our designated tours. We drove around the city centre outskirts learning about the different districts. We passed the local zoo, Tito”s memorial garden, an area where to buy land is 4000 euros a square metre!

We stopped at a large church which was completed on the outside but was still under construction inside, currently the there is no estimation as to when this will be finished. After learning the history of Belgrade we were dropped into the centre to have some free time, I was surprised with how commercial the centre was, lots of high street stores we have in the UK lined the streets as we wandered around enjoying the scenery.

We then went to the Kalemegdan Fortress which is situated high above the city on the ridge overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Sava River. The original structure dates back to the end of the first century and has continually been expanded, destroyed, rebuilt and modified. We spent some time looking around at the large stone walls where there are mock military tanks and weapons dotted around the grounds before walking up to the viewpoint across the city. We wandered through the stunning park grounds before heading back to the ship for lunch.

We were staying in Belgrade until 23:30 tonight and there were shuttles organised to take guests in and out of the city centre for more free time and exploring. There was also an option to do a 14 mile bicycle tour starting at 14:30! Now you know I love the bike rides, usually in my flip flops but today I passed up the opportunity ready for the next 2 bike tours coming up during the week.

At 17:00 there was a treat for us, we had a casino online guest speaker onboard, George Bozic. The lecture was on “The Yugoslav Puzzle”. The lounge was busy with guests listening and taking in the history.

We had our briefing with Dragan on what is coming up the next day on our onward journey to Novi Sad, 53 miles away. The great thing about being in port until late in the evening is that it gives you the opportunity to experience dinner off the ship or even try a local bar and see the city by night.

Dinner was at 19:00, it was a super menu with so many choices I love I just couldn”t decide! We had mozzarella to start, white tomato soup and risotto as a main! (Photos attached).

We are being completely spoilt and after dinner, were blown away by a Serbian folk group – “Talija” who danced, sang and captivated the audience in the main lounge. The entertainment we have had so far this week really has been superb. It completely enriches your destination experience.

The great thing about being in port until late in the evening is that is gives you the option to eat out or visit a local bar. At 23:30 all guests were back onboard and we started our journey towards Novi Sad.

With another day almost over the time seems to be flying by now, only 2 more sleeps on the best river cruise ship in Europe 🙁

Night from me……

Inside Church

Starter Day 5

 

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