WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Old train and Kusturica

There are few more places around Uzice town in Western Serbia one should visit. If you keep driving towards Tara Mountain, you will reach the Mokra Gora area, famous for Emir Kusturica’s Drvengrad, the old train route and the Serbian clairvoyant family. On the other side of the town there is also a small settlement … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Old train and Kusturica

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WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Pozega-Uzice, Things to do

When you come to Western Serbia, the road will take you by Pozega and Uzice town. If you don’t want to miss things to do here, make sure to read the post first. Because I visited them both! FROM BELGRADE: 195 km to Uzice (Pozega to Uzice – about 20 km) FROM NIS: 240 km … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Pozega-Uzice, Things to do

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Tara Mountain, things to do

Nature was so generous to Western Serbia that it covered it in lush forests, torrential springs and picturesque mountains. Such is the Tara Mountain! They say that those who visit once tend to keep coming again and again. People seem to be captivated by the surroundings with typical regional features and yet so specific that … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Tara Mountain, things to do

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Things to do in Zlatibor

Zlatibor Mountain is among the most popular tourist destinations in Serbia and there’s a reason for that. Still, there are visitors who don’t leave the center of this lavish mountain while on vacation, not aware of all the beauties and possibilities the whole area has to offer. In this post you will thus find everything … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Things to do in Zlatibor

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Zlatar and Uvac National Park

There comes a moment when one would gladly escape the city and all that concrete and hide among dense trees reflecting against water surface, somewhere where it’s possible to breath in and out, where intact landscapes leave a man speechless. Even better if one can learn about the local history and culture at the same … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Zlatar and Uvac National Park

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Negotin to Paracin, Heroes and springs

There’s no surprise there when you learn that on the way from Negotin to Paracin town in Eastern Serbia there will be traces of rich history to admire, but the lavish nature as well. It’s always like that when you go around Serbia! The distance between the two towns is less than 160 km which … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Negotin to Paracin, Heroes and springs

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Iron Gate, the Roman road

Djerdap Gorge (or the Iron Gate) is the place in Serbia I have visited by bus with the group of tourists, by boat cruising along the Danube River, and by car while driving there myself few times. And I did it again, about 10 days ago! To be honest, I couldn’t wait to see the … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Iron Gate, the Roman road

WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Heritage and nature of Despotovac

You may wonder why I have chosen the area of Despotovac town to be my first Serbian destination. I can almost hear the local people saying: “It’s simple, we have everything here!” And they are so right! Just look at this photo below – this is where I am right now, at the restaurant overlooking … Continue reading WEEKEND IN SERBIA: Heritage and nature of Despotovac

Serbia: WOMAN BEHIND THE WHEEL, IN A TWILIGHT ZONE (17)

I just have to add one more anecdote from Bajina Basta, and with it we will end this series of the 19th-century Serbia seen through the eyes of the former British diplomat who wrote the book about his trip, and my own - almost two centuries later. Here's how the story goes. „Where can I … Continue reading Serbia: WOMAN BEHIND THE WHEEL, IN A TWILIGHT ZONE (17)

Serbia: SMALL „LUXURIES“ UNKNOWN TO EUROPE (16)

The river Drina can be seen sporadically coming from Rogachica village towards Bajina Bashta town. Hidden by lush bushes and linden trees, it pops out to prance a bit and then it moves out of sight again. You can turn left from Rogachica towards the town of Valjevo, or right to Bajina Bashta. One way … Continue reading Serbia: SMALL „LUXURIES“ UNKNOWN TO EUROPE (16)

Serbia: UNFAMILIAR FACE IN A SMALL TOWN (15)

As I was told, down the same street where the Green Wreath hotel was, there was the only working restaurant I could eat in. It was more like a fast food stand, small, with glass case, grill in the corner, three tables outdoors and few inside. But they said the food was „the best in … Continue reading Serbia: UNFAMILIAR FACE IN A SMALL TOWN (15)

Serbia: LAVISH NATURE ALONG THE RIVER (14)

When you go further towards the town of Mali Zvornik, that is when the river Drina starts to appear here and there. The road was obviously patched numerous times, making my French “lion” jounce. When you enter Mali Zvornik you begin to enjoy the view on your right. It seems as if town’s buildings are … Continue reading Serbia: LAVISH NATURE ALONG THE RIVER (14)

Serbia: THE GREEN WREATH, AGAIN? (13)

When arriving to Ljubovija town after short stop to Banja Koviljaca, the main thing to do was to find a place to stay. We were on the road all day long, tired of driving, of that rain drizzling along the way. The town was small and we did read about a “big old hotel” that was … Continue reading Serbia: THE GREEN WREATH, AGAIN? (13)

Serbia: WHERE HAS DRINA RIVER DISAPPEARED?! (12)

We got lost a bit, again, choosing „shortcuts“ rather than the regular road. It seems that Andrew Archibald Paton’s path wasn’t that clear either, even though he was „cruising“ the 19th century land on a horse. But he was surely astonished by the view of nature approaching Loznica: „Thick turf covered the pasture lands; the … Continue reading Serbia: WHERE HAS DRINA RIVER DISAPPEARED?! (12)

Serbia: SPA THAT HEALS, AGAINST ALL THE ODDS (11)

Wanted to visit Banja Koviljacha spa center, and this is a short reminder of a legend regarding the place - before we go through Loznica town in the next Glimpse and before we actually reach Banja Koviljacha. At the time of our journey, Serbian government has already established the Asylum Center (in 2008) in Banja … Continue reading Serbia: SPA THAT HEALS, AGAINST ALL THE ODDS (11)

Serbia: SAINTS WITH CRIMSON FACES (10)

„Officer persuaded me to take a Highland ramble into the Gutchevo range, and first visit Tronosha... Ascending rapidly, we were soon lost in the woods, catching only now and then a view of the golden plain through the dark green oaks and pines. For full three hours our brilliant little party dashed up hill and … Continue reading Serbia: SAINTS WITH CRIMSON FACES (10)

Serbia: THROUGH THE CORN FIELD? (9)

On our way from Kaona Monastery, we didn’t go to the main road from Trshic village, since the town of Loznica iz only seven kilometers away – following some „shortcut“. But, what we didn’t know is that this road section was at the time utterly unusable. A lot of dirt, or sand was it? It … Continue reading Serbia: THROUGH THE CORN FIELD? (9)

Serbia: MONASTERY ERECTED BY OBILIC’S SISTER (8)

„Through the richest land, forming part of the ancient banat of Matchva, which was in the earlier periods of Servian and Hungarian history so often a source of conflict and contention, we approached distant grey hills, which gradually rose from the horizon, and, losing their indistinctness, revealed a chain so charmingly accidented, that I quickened … Continue reading Serbia: MONASTERY ERECTED BY OBILIC’S SISTER (8)

Serbia: DO NOT DISTURB SLEEPING DUCKS! (7)

Even though our British diplomat didn’t get the chance to go to Kaona hill on the way to Loznica town, hidden by the forest and that curvy road that goes up and down, we were advised to make a quick stop to the Kaona Monastery. “Serene place”, they said, “beautiful temple in the middle of … Continue reading Serbia: DO NOT DISTURB SLEEPING DUCKS! (7)

Serbia: FORTRESS OVERLOOKING SAVA RIVER (6)

On our way towards the Sava river, we passed by small craft stores and there were railway tracks as we were told (an old small train just went by!), and then the small intersection. It's not possible to go to the shore just like that because there is no paved river bank. You don’t even … Continue reading Serbia: FORTRESS OVERLOOKING SAVA RIVER (6)