Saturday, February 25, 2017

Beograd walks - part I

...continuing our walk along the streets of Belgrade! This time, different buildings and street corners that captured our attention. Mostly, Belgrade shows its beauty in white (and that is why it is called BELGRADE = WHITE CITY), grey and sometimes brown tones, so this colourful house is one of the not so many really bright spots of the capital...
Along with my own remarks on this or that, let me share also some beautiful quotes that I have found about Belgrade. Just feeling absolutely the same way as the authours of the quotations, and couldn't have said it better👍

"Once located at the border between the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian empires, it combines Central European with more Oriental influences, and adds a style and spirit of its own. I can only put it one way: Belgrade is cool." - Bootsnall: Serbia Travel Guide
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“There are places in Belgrade where picket fences still exist, with weeds of a strong and bitter smell growing right next to them… a turtledove is cooing upon the wild pear branch and the lost field mouse is running in terror or hunger… All these things still exist, in a street with no name and a house with no number… Stuck like thistle to the pants of the metropolis, travelling across a time and space they do not belong to.”
Dušan Radović, poet and writer

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"BELGRADE HAS KIND OF A DUBLINESQUE, DEAR-DIRTY CHARM" - Rian Johnson, film producer

↑... it's not a rare case when you may spot graffitti on Belgrade buildings, even such cool artworks!

“The sky above Belgrade is expansive and high, shifting yet always beautiful; clear with its chill splendour during the winter; turning into a single downcast cloud during summer storms, driven by the crazy winds and bearing rain mixed with the dust of the Pannonian plain; seeming to flower along with the ground during spring; and growing heavy with roils of autumnal stars during fall. Always beautiful and bountiful, it is a reward to this odd township for all that is missing and a comfort for everything that should not be.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner

↕... this area is close to the Main Railroad Station of the city. My heart is simply mealting when i see such time-honoured buildings... ever gorgeous!

↑...  apart from the architectural charm of this house, i was attracted by the curious whale graffitti!

↑... The Belgrade Main Railway Station, built between 1882 and 1885 after the designs of the architect Dragutin Milutinović. It has the status of the сultural monument of great importance. [source: wikipedia]

“This grand city seems to have always been like this: torn and split, as if it never exists but is perpetually being created, built upon and recovered. On one side it waxes and grows, on the other it wanes and deteriorates. Ever in motion and rustle, never calm and never knowing tranquility or quiet. The city upon two rivers, on the grand clearing, bound by the winds.”
Ivo Andrić, writer and Nobel Prize winner

↓... What do you think this instalation is? Right, empty cans should be thrown into the peaks of these very hungry griffins! I think, this is the greatest way of making anyone who don't usually like to put garbage where it properly should go, keep the town clean!ツ
“… I went to Belgrade with no expectations of décor, images, gaiety, anything interesting, and now I am a complete victim of its seductive charm that I must say goodbye to it with the greatest pain. This is a new sensation: falling in love with a city.”
Herbert Vivian
, journalist [via dayinbelgrade.com]

P.S. ... but, we do not say goodbye to the beautiful Belgrade, the city with a big heart and rich history! More beautiful views are yet to come!:) 

 ... yet one more thing to enjoy before leaving, - a beautifully shot panorama of Belgrade! [by youtube user djordje jojkic]
 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Old World Cozy Nooks

...now sharing some curious interiors sending us back to the glory of yeasteryear! Luxurious and cozy lounge areas for the most comfortable relaxation when reading and day-dreaming!
↑... beautiful sitting area in faded greens enlivened with the SPRING BLUE and LEMON YELLOW of the cascading curtains!

↑... such a sunny space, elegant yet playful! Chinese vases on the table and Asian style background art  for some exotic touch...

↑... i'm loving this quite rare colour mix of ORANGE & PINK here! The whole room is just a marvel, isn't it!?

↑... and, lastly, this musical salon, which is rather too dark to my taste, still i like all the object the room is filled with and how everything is arranged here!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Beograd: window.shopping

Today, i am ready with a little continuation of our Belgrade walking holidays in September. Now, every girl´s fav topic - shopping, and namely i'd like to show some interesting stuff spotted while walking along the historical center of Belgrade.
Also, i want to mention that i had some really tough time passing by so many eye-catching things tempting me from nearly every shopwindow! The good thing is that even inexpensive things in Belgrade, be it clothes, shoes or accessories, do look tasteful! Sincerely, most of stuff in the category had been like this. So, if you want a budget-friendly but smart shopping, welcome to Belgrade!ツ
... i fell in love with this awesome rooster at first glance! Really, i was hardly coaxed to move on from the shopwindow! And though this time a giant art purchase wasn't in our plans, but it is now in my mind to be back for my rooster and take him with me! Please, dear anyone, don't buy it! Let it enliven the street... until i come!😇
...here, in the window of a restaurant (unfortunatelly, i didn't remember the location:(, i was caught by these picturesque dry flower arrangements! Floristics is my big passion, so floral creations wherever displayed always have my attention.ツ
... how beautiful is this collection of shabby chic goodies!? And yes, each time i can reasonably explain why i need pretty every single piece showcased in front of me, and how & where i would use it! At least, "it being another one creative prop" sounds always like a good excuse...ツ
... And this is a gift & souvenir shop on Kneza Mihaila street (or Prince Michael Street) - the city's promenade.  If i am not mistaken, it's on the left side of the street in the direction of Kalemegdan park.
Also, this was a place where i let my admiration for Nikola Tesla go wild! Well, ok... not as wild as i really wished it, but i bought some souvenirs portraying my favourite scientist. And, later on, in a souvenir tent, which are many along Knez Mihailova street, i got a T-shirt with a portrait of Nikola Tesla! A selfie of us both has to happen, no way around it! :))
... you might have spotted this painting in the picture above (next to Nikola Tesla's portrait, in the very bottom of the shopwindow), and here i tried to shoot it close-up. Cartoon style and bright colours of the artwork showing a panorama of Belgrade amazed me!
... also, not far from the souvenir shop, there is an indoor flea market where you can find any kind of treasure imaginable!!
... as you may guess, i am in l💗ve with this painting! Alas, my photography can't show it, but the painting was obviously done in some special technique which my untrained eye couldn't guess... I was captivated by the colours and the incredible lightness of... drawing!;
... the Victorian in me was so excited at the sight of this fine cutlery, vessels, mirrors and purses!!
... there followed a space where antique furniture, lighting and statuettes were displayed for sale.
... always loving antique and vintage lamps; and such wash jug and a bowl is my one little dream!
... [s e c o n d   p i c ] i love this richly framed roses and a striped chair together! such a lovely corner!

↑... as far as my amateur acquaintance with historical design styles may allow me to judge, this curved.... drawer (correct me if this is not quite proper word for it) belongs to Art Nouveau epoch (the topic of my latest and biggest interest, by the by). ツ We spent there some time indulging in contemplation of all that Beauty, but there came a time to continue our walk... 
↕... but, on our way back to the hotel, there was waiting for us, as a little consolation prize -- an  antiquarian shop, located somewhere in the same, Kneza Mihaila street. This prettiest armchair with English-style roses is nothing but a dream! ......... Ok, hope you enjoyed! Now leaving, but I'll be back here soon! 😎