My first day in Belgrade

Last week I traveled to Belgrade, Serbia to visit my dear friend, Kathy from New York. I stayed with her when I got off the Appalachian Trail, so I owe her in ways I can never repay. I really needed to see a friendly face and she made my month! Here are some photos from the first day. Kathy had been on a group tour and Belgrade was her final city, so I was lucky that my school schedule allowed me to  join her there.

Kathy in front of a sweets shop. Belgrade was once part of the Ottoman empire, so many of the sweets are familiar to me.
Kathy in front of a sweets shop. Belgrade was once part of the Ottoman empire, so many of the sweets are familiar to me.
Exterior of hotel Astoria.
Exterior of hotel Astoria.
Front dining room of the hotel. Quite glamorous and much better than I'm used to!
Front dining room of the hotel. Quite glamorous and much better than I’m used to!
Kathy on the left. Charlie in the middle (who I didn't know) and Penny. I roomed with Penny on my trip to Egypt. Lobby of hotel.
Kathy on the left. Charlie in the middle (who I didn’t know) and Penny. I roomed with Penny on my trip to Egypt. Lobby of hotel.
Yes, the hotel was much nicer than I'm used to.
Yes, the hotel was much nicer than I’m used to.
My room was quite large. Kathy moved in with me for the last night. We even got truffles each day. Yum!
My room was quite large. Kathy moved in with me for the last night. We even got truffles each day. Yum!
Grocery across the street from hotel. I wonder what this meant to the person who wrote it. Still no faith?
Grocery across the street from hotel. I wonder what this meant to the person who wrote it. Still no faith?
Not sure, but he was colorful!
Not sure, but he was colorful!
Republic Square or Square of the Republic (Serbian: Трг Републике / Trg Republike) is one of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, located in the Stari Grad municipality. It is the site of some of Belgrade's most recognizable public buildings, including the National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Michael.
Republic Square or Square of the Republic (Serbian: Трг Републике / Trg Republike) is one of the central town squares and an urban neighborhood of Belgrade, located in the Stari Grad municipality. It is the site of some of Belgrade’s most recognizable public buildings, including the National Museum, the National Theatre and the statue of Prince Michael.

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Pedestrian mall near Republic Square. The shopping was easy because so much was in English. I found a really good pair of hiking shoes and a few other items I've needed but couldn't find in Istanbul.
Pedestrian mall near Republic Square. The shopping was easy because so much was in English. I found a really good pair of hiking shoes and a few other items I’ve needed but couldn’t find in Istanbul.
Fountain near Republic square
Fountain near Republic square
Traditional dancers near Republic Square
Traditional dancers near Republic Square

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Hotel Moscow. Very posh. We went inside for a cappuccino.
Hotel Moscow. Very posh. We went inside for a cappuccino.
View from a city street near the Hotel Moscow.
View from a city street near the Hotel Moscow.

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The parks are full of statues and I'd love to learn the history of each.
The parks are full of statues and I’d love to learn the history of each.
Bohemian Quarter
Bohemian Quarter
The front of an inviting little cafe.
The front of an inviting little cafe.
Statue of Dura Jakšic famous Serbian poet painter writer in Belgrade.
Statue of Dura Jakšic famous Serbian poet painter writer in Belgrade.
This is just a painting, good trompe l'oeil. But we kept coming across the word "Alcatraz" in the Bohemian quarter. Odd.
This is just a painting, good trompe l’oeil. But we kept coming across the word “Alcatraz” in the Bohemian quarter. Odd.
The Travelling Actor. Bohemian quarter of Belgrade.
The Travelling Actor. Bohemian quarter of Belgrade.
This is in the Bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Probably a bit touristy, but nice.
This is in the Bohemian quarter of Belgrade. Probably a bit touristy, but nice.
Here's the whole gang at dinner. All of them had been on the Go Ahead tour together and I knew a few of them from previous tours. From left to right: Carol (who I know as Cousin Carol); Mary, Penny (who I met on a previous tour), Kathy (my dear friend who I came here to see). Mary Ann (so sweet and she hasn't aged a day since we met on a tour in 2008!) and Mary Ellen. It was a nice girls night out.
Here’s the whole gang at dinner. All of them had been on the Go Ahead tour together and I knew a few of them from previous tours. From left to right: Carol (who I know as Cousin Carol); Mary, Penny (who I met on a previous tour), Kathy (my dear friend who I came here to see). Mary Ann (so sweet and she hasn’t aged a day since we met on a tour in 2008!) and Mary Ellen. It was a nice girls night out.
I had pork for every meal. Making up for lost time? Definitely! I'm living in a Muslim country and there's no pig allowed! This pork shish kabob was tasty, but too much meat, even for the pork starved!
I had pork for every meal. Making up for lost time? Definitely! I’m living in a Muslim country and there’s no pig allowed! This pork shish kabob was tasty, but too much meat, even for the pork starved!
Kathy always chooses good, local wine. And this is tastier than it looks--thinly sliced pickled beets. Crisp, earthy, excellent.
Kathy always chooses good, local wines. And this is tastier than it looks–thinly sliced pickled beets. Crisp, earthy, excellent.

I so enjoyed my stay. So much history. This is a city I will serious consider living in. I enjoyed trying to figure out the Cyrillic Letters.