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Old December 11th, 2012, 09:39 PM   #1
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FROM THE BALKANS TO THE CAUCASUS (BELGRADE TO YEREVAN)

Hi there to whoever is interested in this thread. It's a chronicle of a trip i took, as it says in the title, starting in Belgrade and ending in Yerevan. I only used ground transportation, mostly because budget constrains and masochism, i guess, the distances being quite considerable.
My route was: Belgrade - Niš - Skopje - Bitola - Ohrid - Sofia - Plovdiv - Istanbul - Ankara - Batumi - Tbilisi - Gori - Yerevan - Khor Virap - Garni - Geghard.
The return trip included a couple of more days in Istanbul and a bus trip to Craiova,Romania, a 130 km taxi ride to Turnu-Severin and a bus ride to Timisoara.

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Starting point, waiting for the train to Vrsac,Serbia at 5 in the morning


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my hostel in belgrade just across the street from the train and bus stations



belgrade train station

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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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heading out to find Tito's mausoleum

























Times long gone...










Cathedral of Saint Sava, the largest in the Balkans, dedicated to Saint Sava, founder of the Serbian Orthodox Church. It's built on the Vračar plateau, on the location where his remains were burned in 1595 by the Ottomans




one of serbia's biggest football teams, Partizan Beograd












after getting lost a few times and going in a circle, i finally found Tito's mausoleum, the House of Flowers


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Old December 11th, 2012, 11:31 PM   #5
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Old December 12th, 2012, 12:34 AM   #6
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medal from the first modern era Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896, shown here inside the "25th of May" Museum, part of the Museum of Yugoslav History












a small gathering of socialist-era appliances























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the other big name in Serbian football, Red Star Belgrade (Crvena zvezda Beograd)

















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The internal part of the church is still unfinished, although building of the cathedral began way back in 1935. The work stopped after the invasion of Yugoslavia and the bombing of Belgrade in 1941. The unfinished site was mostly used as a parking lot or storage by the nazis and soviets. Work resumed in 1985 and while the exterior is finished, work is still going on inside
























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Old December 12th, 2012, 08:53 AM   #8
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Beautiful
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The building on the left is the 101 meter high Beograđanka



















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Absolutely amazing photos of Belgrade! You found some great perspectives from which to photograph the city.

Can't wait to see more of Belgrade and the rest of your trip. Can I ask how long your entire trip took?
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Thank you! The trip took about 3 weeks. I originaly planned it a bit longer but i ran out of time and money.
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Was this your first time in Belgrade? What were your impressions of the city? As a foreigner who has been here for 7 years, Belgrade is nothing new for me so I like to hear others thoughts.
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Interesting and very nice photos from Belgrade
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It wasn't my first time in the city. I really enjoy walking around Belgrade, i like the fact that for an ex-socialist country, the city's central area, the core isn't filled with the typical communist era type buildings, like for example Bucharest or Sofia. Here they are confined mostly to Novi Beograd. Instead it has many inter-war period architecture which blends in very well with the more modern one. A very important element in the city's vibe is the Kalemegdan fortress and it's position overlooking the rivers,creating a great atmosphere, and the surrounding park. And the nightlife of the city is well known around Europe. The hostels I stayed in were always full with people coming to party in Belgrade for a few days.
And i also like getting lost walking around Skadarlija, finding some small place where there aren't any tourists or cafes, just some beautiful old crumbling buildings. And the recently finished Ada bridge also adds something new to the cityscape.




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The Palace Albanija, the first highrise building in Belgrade and for a long time the highest one


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Amazing photos, great job!
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Your photos are brilliant!
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thanks a lot, i hope you enjoy the rest as well



























































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