Beautiful, Complicated, Belgrade
Monday, July 11, 2016
A shabby little red car pulls up in front of our motorcoach and Milos, our guide, jumps into action.
“See the car on your right, the red one with the short end. That’s the Yugo.” He goes on to describe the car and its infamous reputation for falling apart pretty much anywhere, any time. “What do you call a Yugo at the top of a hill? A miracle.”
Guests aboard Viking River Cruises’ Viking Embla are enjoying a day in Belgrade, Serbia today – a day that started with a complimentary 4.5-hour Panoramic City Tour of Belgrade that includes stops at the Kalemegdan Fortress; the city’s main shopping district in Stari Grad – the Old City; and the permanently-under-construction St. Sava’s Cathedral.
I’ve always wanted to visit Belgrade. My interest in the city – and in a lot of Europe – began when I was a teenager and played a video game called The Last Express, a recreation of the last Orient Express train journey prior to the outbreak of World War I in 1914. Originally shipping on 3 CD-ROMS, you can now download it from the App Store on your iPad and iPhone. How things change in 20 years.