Bilo je uzbudljivo ponovo biti u Beogradu, pa makar to bilo i tako kratko, naime, odavdje sam imao let za Nairobi. Teško da mogu valjano procijeniti što se u medjuvremenu promijenilo, od 1990. kada sam zadnji puta posjetio Beograd jer zbog kratkoce boravka zadržao sam se na potezu Željeznicka stanica - Kalemegdan, a to je puno premalo za temeljitu procijenu. Sa sigurnošcu mogu reci samo jedno, vrelina beogradskog asfalta u ljetnom periodu ostala je nepromijenjena, dapace, cini se da je cak i porasla. Knez Mihajlova djeluje uredjenije, napose fasade na representativnim zgradama, dok su terase ispred kafica dodale svoj kolorit u ambijent koji je, prije svega ostalog, raj za pješake i shopere. Izlozi su sada puno atraktivniji, s daleko bogatijom ponudom roba, medjutim, jednako kao i u Zagrebu, i ovdje su se naselili neki brendovi koji nude, blago receno, samo smece.
Grad, u dijelu koji sam vidio, sada je puno cišci i primjetno je ljudi vode brigu oko toga.
Prince Mihailo Street
Prince Mihailo Street was named after the Serbian ruler and the street designed according to the first Serbian city planner Emilijan Josemovic in 1867.
It is a busy street with many shops and cafes and people may often pass through without noticing the fascades of buildings that present a unique exhibition of Serbian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. So, the conclusion is: when you walk around on Prince Mihailo Street, take your time to look up and see some very unique houses!
Freedom!!! not Glory was their aim!
When the Serbian Flag Flew Over the White House
On July 28, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson gave the following message to the American people. It was read in churches throughout the country and published in virtually all major newspapers. The Serbian flag was raised over the White House and all public buildings in this nation's capital. The message read:
To the People of the United States:
On Sunday, 28th of this present month, will occur the fourth anniversary of the day when the gallant people of Serbia, rather than submit to the studied and ignoble exactions of a prearranged foe, were called upon by the war declaration of Austria-Hungry to defend their territory and their homes against an enemy bent on their destruction. Nobly did they respond. So valiantly and courageously did they oppose the forces of a country ten times greater in population and resources that it was only after they had thrice driven the Austrians back and Germany and Bulgaria had come to the aid of Austria that they were compelled to retreat into Albania. While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.
It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own Government, and remembering that the principles for which Serbia has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world. At the same time, we should not forget the kindred people of the Great Slavic race--the Poles, the Czechs and Jugo-Slavs, who, now dominated and oppressed by alien races yearn for independence and national unity.
This can be done in a manner no more appropriate than in our churches. I, therefore, appeal to the people of the United States of all faiths and creeds to assemble in their several places of worship on Sunday July 28, for the purpose of giving expression to their sympathy with this subjugated people and their oppressed and dominated kindred in other lands, and to invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon them and upon the cause to which they are pledged.
Woodrow Wilson, President,
The White House, July, 1918.
GASTRONOMY GUIDE- MAIN COURSE
BEANS is among the favorite local dishes that come in many forms, from soup to chowder, vegetarian and "army style". Beans are cooked with chopped onions, bay leaf and addition of meats, diced bacon or smoked spareribs, with roux in the end. Beans are usually accompanied with sausage, pork chops or similar kinds of meat. Salad is an indispensable accompaniment to beans. We recommend cabbage or roast peppers in oil with garlic. You will appreciate beer or spritzer with it.
Sauerkraut is traditional on the winter menu.
But, we also eat fresh cabbage, as salad, or cooked in many ways. PODVARAK is one of them. One cabbage is chopped in thin slices and sautéed on chopped onion. The vegetables are placed on fat with addition of diced bacon. It is subsequently baked in the oven and served with turkey or pork roast. It is a must on a Serbian dining table for winter holidays. High quality red wine will pair nicely with it.
WEDDING CABBAGE is cooked in a large clay pot for hours on end. It is made of sauerkraut, pieces of mutton, beef, pork and smoked meet with lots of onions and spices (pepper, salt, bay leaves). The taste of the dish is heavenly, and good red wine will make it even better.
NIKOLA PASIC SQUARE, designed...
NIKOLA PASIC SQUARE, designed by the architect OLGA MILICEVIC NIKOLIC. It is located between Terazije, Mose Pijade and Revolution Boulevard . It was built in 1953 and at the same time its fountain was laid out.