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.

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!

American Family – Vidimo se Srbija (See you Later Serbia) – We Will Miss You

Monestel family - Serbia

After almost three years in Serbia, an American family, the Monestel family – Robert, Julie and their three kids are moving to Seoul in South Korea. They liked Serbia from day one, and will miss Serbia and its people.

Back in August 2011, Robert Monestel wrote a blog post talking about their first week in Belgrade:

Our family arrived in Belgrade last week for our next post overseas. They say first impressions are everything, and so far this promises to be a great place to call home for the next few years…

The people of Belgrade are very welcoming, and my staff at the clinic are particularly helpful in every step of the way. So, we start our discovery of this region and particularly of Serbia. From our initial exposure this promises to be a great gem not yet fully discovered by many in the West.

And yes, Serbia was a great place for this American family. Last week, the Monestel family moved to Seoul and Robert Monestel posted his last blog post from Serbia titled “Vidimo se Srbija (See you Later Serbia)

We say goodbye to Serbia this week, after three wonderful years in this beautiful country. We’ve had many great memories here and will always remember it fondly… From day one in Serbia, we knew this was going to be a great post. Sure enough, it has been a great place for our family; and the school and work environment were excellent. We have highly recommended it to other colleagues.

We’ll miss the walks near Kosutnjak Forest, biking or playing in Ada Lake park, or simply just having a great meal at any one of the thousands of cafes that permeate through the city of Belgrade…. We will always remember this region with warm memories and hope to visit again in the future… We will surely miss this country and its people.

Thank you Robert, Julie and all your family for loving Serbia and Serbian people. Serbia warmly welcomes all guests who know how to appreciate its hospitality.

I Love Serbian People. I Love Serbian Food

Stephanie Be I Love Serbian People And I Love Serbian Food

Stephanie Be, an American girl from California who has lived in Rio, Barcelona, and Sydney, wrote last week an article for Huffington Post titled “You Should Be Eating and Drinking in Belgrade, Serbia Right Now” Well, I know that French cuisine is fantastic as I lived 40 years in France before coming to Serbia. But if you’re looking for the best food in the world, I agree with Stephanie, look no further, come to Serbia and enjoy Serbian food. Oops! You will also love Serbian people.

Stephanie Be wrote:

Not everyone is a foodie who appreciates a fine eight course meal, or a cheap, deliciously cheesy chow down. Not everyone will indulge in local beers and wines at a fare that’s unfair. But for all of us that take to tasting and talking to locals… Belgrade, or Beograd, is the city for us!

I found Belgrade to be similar to Cyprus in culture. Although very different destinations, (Cyprus is an island with a few major towns, while Belgrade is a city with a centered area of tourism and two popular strips along the river), Serbian people are also unbelievably friendly and welcoming… Somewhere between survival and revolution, young Serbians blew a breath of life into Belgrade. Great food. Great drinks. Great nightlife. Great boat parties. Great people.

I love Serbian people. I really, truly felt at home in Belgrade.

Do not read only this short excerpt, read and watch the great pictures of Serbian food of Stephanie Be here. Great people, great food… Maybe it is time to visit Serbia… or to come back home.

Brussels Diplomatic: Serbia Is A Lovely Country To Visit

Brussels Diplomatic: Serbia Is A Lovely Country To Visit

Brussels Diplomatic, an emagazine published by Desnerck Media Ltd for EU-affairs, diplomacy and expats in Brussels put last week a great article talking about Serbia. Coralie Devies wrote there that Serbia is a lovely country to visit and points out the rich culture and history of Serbia. Coralie Devies also confirms what we are telling here for years, that Serbian people are truly hospitable and friendly. Well, here is a short excerpt from Brussels Diplomatic’s article but it is worth reading the whole article:

SERBIA: A LOVELY COUNTRY TO VISIT

Serbia is a country in which civilisations, cultures, faiths, climates and landscapes meet and mingle. The variety of scenery and monuments, curative spas, hunting grounds and fishing areas give the basis for Serbia’s tourism.

The cultural and historical heritage of Serbia begins with prehistoric archaeological sites and its legacy from classical antiquity. Perhaps its greatest riches, though, are in the many mediaeval Serbian churches and monasteries. All year round, numerous cultural, entertainment, traditional and sporting events are held in Serbia, demonstrating the creative power and spiritual vitality of this country.

It does not take long for foreign visitors to Serbia to discover the hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth of the country’s residents.

All Along The Sava…

Sava Films, a video production company creating commercial and documentary films made recently the trailer of Along the Sava. Along the Sava is a series of short films in the making which documents the Sava river on its course through the ex-Yugoslav countries of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia Hercegovina and Serbia. Each of the films will delve into various aspects of regional culture, industry, politics and environmental issues reflecting upon the differences and similarities of the new nations born after the breakup of Yugoslavia. Well worth watching this trailer revealing also the beauty of the Sava river: