Bravo! Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

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Serbia advanced to the FIBA Basketball World Cup gold medal match for the first time in 12 years after beating European champions France 90-85 on Friday. Serbia will face the undefeated reigning world champions United States on Sunday.

Here are some pictures of the game:

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

Serbia Into Basketball World Cup Final!

And here is the last minute of the match:

It was a fantastic match. Congratulations to our National Team for their big win against France. Serbia is a small country but it is one of the best basketball nations in the world…

Go Serbia!

What Do Americans Think About Belgrade?

Belgrade Serbia

Paul Rockower is an American photographer and journalist who has traveled to more than 55 countries. His photography and journalism work has been published in the Jerusalem Post, Korea Times, Taiwan News, Jakarta Globe, Huffington Post, etc. He has traveled to 55 countries… including Serbia (last week). And he wrote three posts on his personal blog showing that Belgrade is not what most Americans think it is, a dangerous city and a very inhospitable place to visit.

When he told people he was going to Serbia, they worried about him. But he wrote:

In reality, I feel much safer in Serbia than America….

And Paul Rockower likes Belgrade:

Belgrade is one of my favorite cities in the world, and that is not a compliment I take or make lightly.

In fact, he does not like Belgrade… He has fallen completely in love with the city. Why? Well, read Paul Rockower’s post titled “Belgrade Beauty.” It is so good that I am posting below the whole thing — but check out Paul’s site directly.

Belgrade Beauty

As I sit in my palatial room bedecked with gold trim in the Rezime Crown, and the sound of the street symphony’s scherzos filters through my large open windows with orange lace veils, all I can think of is how much I love Belgrade. This is truly a grand city–one that I have fallen completely in love with.

I would put Belgrade on my top ten list of cities worldwide. Probably around number 6 or 7. That is how highly I think of the place. But it is truly a wonderful city, with warm, wonderful people, terrific food and some real culture.

And the girls are some of the hottest in the world. Like really, I think Belgrade may win for the shear number of ridiculously hot girls around. Tough to nudge Istanbul, Paris or Rio, but it is uncanny.

I with I had more bandwidth to be writing about all that has been going on. It strikes me as sad that when I am doing the most meaningful, wonderful work, I have the least time to write about it. So it goes.

But in short, I am good. I am grand. And I really love Belgrade.

That’s it. When American people visit Belgrade, they discover that it is truly a safe and wonderful city, with warm, wonderful people, and fantastic food.

A Day In Niš, One Of Europe’s Oldest Historical Cities

Niš Serbia

Samuel Garza, an American travel photographer living in Spain, visted at the beginning of this month Niš, the largest city of southern Serbia, and one of the oldest cities in Europe. He spent only one day in Niš, but he had a great time there dicovering historical treasures. He wrote:

My time in Nis was short, but I had a fun-filled day. The city is filled with history. Constantine was born in Nis and I really wish would have had more time to research his presence in the city. However, I am very happy with the time I had and what I experienced..

Click on the photo below to read Samuel Garza’s blog post titled “A Nice Visit To Nis” in full and to see his fantastic pictures of Niš- one of Europe’s oldest historical cities.

A Day In Niš, One Of Europe's Oldest Historical Cities

Yes, it is worth visiting Niš, a beautiful city filled with history and culture!

The European Capital You Should Visit Right Now: Belgrade

Shawn & Tricia Mitchell have visited destinations in more than 47 countries on 5 continents and they recently visited Belgrade.

Belgrade is awesome

Tricia Mitchell put up a great blog post with amazing photos – Belgrade. It’s an old city with a new vibe. And her husband made a video to share the story of their experience in Belgrade, from Kalemegdan fortress, Nikola Tesla museum, the House of Flowers, Saint Sava cathedral, to delicious Serbian food and wine. Shawn P. Mitchell wrote on Facebook and Youtube:

On a recent visit to Belgrade, Serbia, my wife and I had a chance to experience the tourism offerings of this capital city. Situated at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers on the Balkan Peninsula, Belgrade is emerging from the turmoil of the late 1990s and early 2000s as a regional center of commercial activity.

The hospitality we received in Belgrade was outstanding, as was the wine, thus ensuring that we will be returning the city again soon.

In the attached video, I share the story of our experience in Belgrade and some of the reasons why this city is well-positioned to be a thriving tourist destination in the years ahead.

Great video. Thank you Shawn. And thank you Tricia for your great article with amazing photos of Belgrade. More tourists from all over the world, and more American people like you, should come to visit Belgrade to disvover and share the truth: Belgrade is an amazing European capital!

135 Seconds Of Happiness In The Balkans

Yuri Drabent, a Polish man, made an extremely well-filmed short film showing in 135 seconds “happiness in the Balkans”. If you think that visiting Serbia and our region, the Balkans, you will have the most boring holiday of your life, think again. Yuri Drabent said:

So me and my girl (now turned fiancée) Joanna really love making videos from our holidays – we think it makes for an awesome souvenir! This time we took our dog (Balbina) and checked out the Balkans – in 13 days we covered 5k kilometers and visited Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia and Greece (not the Balkans, yes we realize) and managed to put together our little video about dumb, happy people. We hope you guys like it…

Well, this is an amazing film (with good music: Waves by Electric Guest) that shows that when you choose to spend your holidays in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece… in the Balkans, it’s a completely unforgettable and unique experience.