Lindy Hibbard is a born and bred Capetonian from Durbanville. She co-presents Smile Breakfast with Bobby Brown on Smile 90.4FM and has been with the station since 2013.
Lindy has had over 10 years experience in the radio broadcasting industry having presented shows on campus radio, online radio and retail radio stations. She is a big animal lover and a fitness fanatic, and she also has a BA degree from UCT majoring in radio broadcasting!
But it was her recent trip to Serbia that caught our interest. Lindy shares the experience with our readers and tells us why everyone should travel to Belgrade, Serbia.
Belgrade is one of the oldest European capitals. Because of its location, it was the target of the eastern, northern and western invaders. If you’re interested in the city’s history, you should take a tour of The Roman Well. It was one of the most interesting parts of our trip. Just don’t drop anything down the well as you’ll never get it back (I nearly lost my favourite pair of sunnies)!
2. The Fortress
On day 3 of our trip we headed to Kalemegdan, the ruins of a fortress, which was built to defend the city from the Ottomans, who then invaded and adapted it as their own defensive outpost on the hill overlooking the Sava and Danube. We took some amazing photographs at the fortress and admired the view of the river below.
3. Republic Square
We stayed at an Air BnB apartment at the bustling Republic Square which was really central and we felt like we were right in the middle of the action. The square has plenty of coffee shops, restaurants and speciality stores that you just have to browse. At the top of the square is a monument of Prince Mihailo. It was erected in 1882. It was the first public monument with representation of an equestrian figure of a ruler in Serbia.
Belgrade has lots of different styles of architecture, from Baroque and Neoclassicism to Modernism and Post-war Brutalism. We took a free walking tour around the city and learnt about both the Serbian and Yugoslav cultural heritage. There’s so much to see and take in!
5. Local Cuisine
We definitely didn’t go hungry in this city! I loved eating Serbian traditional food like Sarma (cabbage leaves rolled around minced meat & boiled) and Ćepavi (a grilled dish consisting of minced meat and served like a kebab). Veal is also very popular in Serbia, but for ethical reasons, I chose not to order it.
In contrast to that there are also modern, fusion bite restaurants like Dijagonala, Zaplet and Supermarket where we got to sample more modern foods. There’s something for every taste.
Belgrade has a hot & happening nightlife scene. On the first evening we met up with friends for drinks at the trendy harbourfront overlooking the Danube river. If you’re up for it, you can visit one of the floating river clubs moored on Danube and dance the night away to everything from Balkan gypsy music to techno.
7. Nikola Tesla Museum
My fiancé Peter is a huge Nikola Tesla fan, so this was high up on our “to-do” list in Belgrade. It’s a great place to come and learn about one of the greatest scientists of all time. We got to see Tesla’s original personal belongings like his hats, glasses, his clothes, & notebooks. It is amazing to be next to some of the stuff that he might have been wearing or using in the moments when he was creating some of his greatest inventions. What I liked about the tour was the practical part, which was hands-on, and we could actually take part in some of the experiments.
8. Tašmajdan Park
The Tašmajdan Park is a lovely green area in Belgrade. It was a sweltering 36 degrees when we decided to take a walk through it, so I was just happy to buy an ice cream from one of the vendors and enjoy the tranquil scenery on one of the park benches. Be sure to visit St. Mark´s Church while you’re there.
To me, Skadarlija is the most beautiful neighborhood of Belgrade. It has hills, bright flowers on every building, cobbled streets and bars with outdoor terraces that look like they come straight out of a painting. It is a fascinating bohemian neighborhood and it’s the place that made me fall in love with the city.
10. Value for Money
The country, which is currently in the process of becoming part of European Union, uses the Serbian Dinar and we found our Rand went pretty far. Access to museums and tickets for public transport was reasonable and what we spent on food and drinks was about the same as we would spend back home.
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