As per usual, the free walking tour started at 11AM in the center of the city. A brisk 15 minute walk (up quite a steep hill actually) led me to the gathering point right on time. About two dozen travelers and tourists alike embarked on a tour of the main site around the center of the city. Almost four hours later, we circled close to our original meeting point, but not before learning, viewing, and experiencing, Belgrade’s highlights!
Party town has a sign to direct you home, even if you live thousands of kilometers away. If you look closely you can even see a sign to the moon if you get really intoxicated!
Stories about this guy grabbing more drinks reflect the fact that you must drink on this street, etc.
Gunshots from arguably the first battle in WWI still show their damage:
Street art really gives the city some flavor though!
To the castle!
Oh and did I mention the view rocked!
Back into the town we went…
Lunch break for some traditional Serbian food:
Back to Republic Square…
Next up, an underground, alternative tour which provide a different perspective than the morning tour (and of course brought us underground). First up, another side of the castle:
Then down to the ‘Roman Well’
A few more stellar views outward:
Now back down to a bunker discovered in 2008 once the military declassified their files!
One more underground tour–this one used to function as an awesome dance club apparently, but is since been utilized to display exhibitions and artwork:
Finally, before the free wine, we saw another view of the naked soldier (no uniform so you cannot date him, etc.)
…and some great street art too!
With both walking tours behind me, I, well, walked back to the hostel with over 25,000 steps logged. I rested up a bit, charged my appliances, and worked a bit on my blog. By 8PM, I headed out to a pubcrawl. Most companies only hosted them Thurs-Sat; however, per research online, it appeared one company did one everyday. Unfortunately, after walking 15 minutes and waiting until five minutes after the scheduled time, I realized the crawl was not in the cards today. The weather felt great and the new route I took provided some halfway decent shots, so not all was lost!
Having neglected dinner for the sake of getting to the supposed crawl on time, I resorted to some street food. I requested a gyro, but the vendor insisted he had only hamburger. What I received seemed like a combination of them both.
I grabbed a few roadies on the way back to the hostel to get ready for the Netherlands World Cup match against Argentina. The first half had to take a back seat as I had been back-logged almost four full days on my blog. By the second half though, I headed to a local bar to join in on the festivities. With the overtime, I stayed a bit later than I had planned (as I wished to get some sleep before taking the bus to Novi Sad tomorrow). Unfortunately, the Dutch could not pull it off, but by 2AM (after some more blog updates), I had to turn off the lights. Tomorrow, my EXIT adventure would begin!!