A changing place...
Belgrade, like all the Balkans region, is changing very fast. It's interesting to watch a city changing in front of your eyes. Belgrade can become on of the best capital destinations in the region. My memory from this city is a very good one.
Walk down Knez mihajlova...
Walk down Knez mihajlova street,see old forrtress called Kalemegdan,visit lake called Ada ciganlija,old street ,,Skadarska,, and take a ride through Kneza Milosa street where nato bombings left a lot traces on old Belgrade hauses,take a cruise around Belgrade which is situated on two rivers:Sava and Danube. Belgrede is my hometown so the whole Belgrade is always in my mind,no matter where I am.It became very sad last 10 years,but now after revolution I hope that life will be back to my Belgrade very soon!
Anyway they say that the best things about Belgrade are its people.
By the way,Belgrade translated to english would mean:White city.
Skadarlija Street has preserved its old buildings and their authentic look. It is a pedestrian street with a rare ambience. In the past it was presented as the Bohemian heart of the city. Today there are many restaurants and during the tourist season and summertime it is a stage for many theatrical performances and other cultural events.
According to 2002 census, there were 1,576,124 citizens in the larger-city area, and 1,273,651 citizens in the inner-city area.
Population according to nationality (2002 census):
Serbs - 1,460,538,
Croats - 10,381,
Skopjans - 8,372,
Romas - 19,191,
Muslims - 5,355,
Gorans - 3,340,
Slovaks - 2,199,
Slovenians - 2,199,
Hungarians - 2,080,
Albanians - 1,492,
Romanians - 1,379,
Bulgarians - 1,272,
Russians - 1,049,
Germans - 481,
Ukrainians - 433,
Czechs - 422,
Rusyns - 216,
Bunjevci - 183,
Vlachs - 71,
Other - 4,369,
regional declared - 586,
not declared - 29,312
and unknown - 20,869.
According to 1991 census, there are 87% Belgrade citizens of Orthodox persuasion, about 2% of Islamic and 2% of Roman Catholic belief, 0.2% of them are Protestants, 0.03% Jews, 6% of unknown belief, while 3% declared as nonbelievers.
One of the greatest things about Belgrade is its climate. Belgrade has four seasons. This is something I took for granted, until I moved to Vancouver, where the seasons are not distinct to say the least.
Spring is one of the shortest seasons here. It can be sunny and warm, but more likely it will be rainy. The spring tends to end rather abruptly by the arrival of the very warm summer days.
The summer is the season when I tend to visit Belgrade. During the early part of summer (June), you can run into days of rain. Typically the remainder of the summer, July and August, is extremely warm. During these summer months Belgrade experiences some 10 h of sunshine each day on average.
The fall is a great season in Belgrade. Unlike a lot of places where the fall is all about the grey skies and rain, Belgrade can be rather warm and sunny in the fall. Hence, this sunny and warm part of the fall is refered to as miholjsko leto (Indian summer).
The winters I tend to think are cold, but then again I am not used to exteremly cold environments. For about 20 days of the year, the temperature dips below zero degrees Celsius. The month that tends to be the coldest is January. That is the month when you are most likely to see snow on the streets of Belgrade.
One very unique part of Belgrade's climate is the wind called Kosava (pron. Koshava). This wind blows in autumn and winter. The wind usually blows in intervals that last a few days. During these intervals if you find yourself on the streets of Belgrade you are bound to feel a bone chilling cold. This is one of the reasons most Belgraders wear feather stuffed jackets during this season. The good part about Kosava is that it serves as a natural air cleaner about Belgrade, which can sometimes feel rather polluted. The following is perhaps not my fondest memory but the most vivid one. I recall the winter of 1992/1993 in Belgrade. The whole country was under economic sanctions. We were not allowed to import fuel, coal or whatever else a city needs to survive the winter months. To make matters harder this winter was colder than usual. In fact it was so cold that parts of Sava and Danube started freezing. Due to huge amounts of snow we (the local kids) went snow sledding daily. This was the best part of the day cause at night a lot of us would return to dark homes since restrictions of electrical energy were a daily occurance. I also recall throwing snowballs with my friends in the schoolyard. There was so much snow that winter that the students at our school managed to break almost every window of the school and since the school (like the country) was broke they had no money for the repairs and we had to sit in an almost open-air classroom for the remainder of the school year.