Serbia

The Danube meeting with the Sava in Belgrade

The Danube meeting with the Sava in Belgrade

On the citadel in Belgrade

On the citadel in Belgrade

Street art near the river, Belgrade

Street art near the river, Belgrade

Central post office, Belgrade

Central post office, Belgrade

Bombed by the west, ruins in Belgrade

Bombed by the west, ruins in Belgrade

Svety (Saint) Sava Basilica, Belgrade

Svety (Saint) Sava Basilica, Belgrade

At least they are done with building the outside...

Inside Svety Sava Basilica

Inside Svety Sava Basilica

Still some work to do... (the construction started in 1935)

Air conditionning boxes make up for modern art

Air conditionning boxes make up for modern art

Over the roof, Belgrade

Over the roof, Belgrade

Balcony patchwork, Belgrade

Balcony patchwork, Belgrade

Train, Belgrade

Train, Belgrade

Watching the Danube, Belgrade

Watching the Danube, Belgrade

Old... boat?, Ada Cigan, Belgrade

Old... boat?, Ada Cigan, Belgrade

Modern bridge in the night, from Ada Cigan, Belgrade

Modern bridge in the night, from Ada Cigan, Belgrade

Skadarska, Belgrade

Skadarska, Belgrade

City lights, Belgrade

City lights, Belgrade

(early enough, the drunks are sleeping)

My trumpet, trumpet man and I, Guča

Food brewing, Guča

Food brewing, Guča

The soup our new Serbian friends prepared for us, Guča

The soup our new Serbian friends prepared for us, Guča

The recipe is actually from the Ottoman time, I found it again in Turkey!

Little pop-corn machine in the stadium, Guča

Little pop-corn machine in the stadium, Guča

Trumpet man assaulted by drunk people, Guča

Trumpet man assaulted by drunk people, Guča

Smiling stone on the citadel, Niš

Smiling stone on the citadel, Niš

One of many

One of many "pleskavice" stands in Guča

View over Niš

View over Niš

Young brass band playing for a young drunk guy, Guča

Young brass band playing for a young drunk guy, Guča

Spooky serbian skulls on the Skull Tower in Niš

Spooky serbian skulls on the Skull Tower in Niš

The Turks put almost 1000 serbian soldiers' skulls on a tower at the town gate after a battle in 1809...

Small street in Pirot

Small street in Pirot

Pirot in the night

Pirot in the night

On the road to Bulgaria

On the road to Bulgaria

Ford Zastava drivers often offer me a ride

Ford Zastava drivers often offer me a ride

What you get hitchhiking in Serbia!

What you get hitchhiking in Serbia!

On the road to Bulgaria

On the road to Bulgaria

The Danube meeting with the Sava in BelgradeOn the citadel in BelgradeStreet art near the river, BelgradeCentral post office, BelgradeBombed by the west, ruins in BelgradeAt least they are done with building the outside...Still some work to do... (the construction started in 1935)Air conditionning boxes make up for modern artOver the roof, BelgradeBalcony patchwork, BelgradeTrain, BelgradeWatching the Danube, BelgradeOld... boat?, Ada Cigan, BelgradeModern bridge in the night, from Ada Cigan, BelgradeSkadarska, BelgradeCity lights, Belgrade(early enough, the drunks are sleeping)Food brewing, GučaThe recipe is actually from the Ottoman time, I found it again in Turkey!Little pop-corn machine in the stadium, GučaTrumpet man assaulted by drunk people, GučaSmiling stone on the citadel, NišOne of many "pleskavice" stands in GučaView over NišYoung brass band playing for a young drunk guy, GučaThe Turks put almost 1000 serbian soldiers' skulls on a tower at the town gate after a battle in 1809...Small street in PirotPirot in the nightOn the road to BulgariaFord Zastava drivers often offer me a rideWhat you get hitchhiking in Serbia!On the road to Bulgaria

I have been twice to Serbia. It wasn’t planned like that, but that’s what happened! I started by spending a good week in Belgrade with a close friend of mine, then left for Bulgaria.

But for weeks I had heard so often people around me talking about Guča, a famous trumpet/brass-band festival in Serbia, that I finally went back to Serbia, to that festival. It has been amazing! But I have very few pictures of it, you have to be there to know what it’s like… I have also, on my way to Guča, spent three great days with a really nice Serbian family who took care of me and spoiled me with delicious food! Generally speaking, people in Serbia have been really nice, open and smiling, the “Balkan spirit” is great (but hard to capture on a camera)!

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