I arrived in Belgrade (Beograd) at night. It greeted me in Cyrillic and said goodbye in Cyrillic. It's really hot. Luckily the streets are filled with fountains and women selling ice cream every few meters. Knez Mihaiolova Boulevard is the heart of Belgrade. It is the most bohemian and romantic of the city. Here came together in the nineteenth century figures of intellectual and cultural scene. Today with street musicians, mimes and fortune tellers. Nearby, on a street that bears his name, is the home of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Ivo Andric. There is no shortage of local fashion and the famous taverns (kafanes) to sample the Balkan drink par excellence: The rakia. This colorless drink is 65-70% alcohol. Sometimes in water bottles (voda). It is essential to know this to avoid bad shots. I was invited to a dinner and thirstily poured myself a glass of "water". That volcanic moment is still remembered (by all except me) as the funniest of the trip.
Skadarija is the most picturesque street in Belgrade, and certainly one of the liveliest. Full of quaint shops and restaurants, it's a lovely area dominated by the old beer factory, now adorned with attractive murals.