GirlGI | Girl Gone International Issue 8 - Page 16

SIGHTS... Enjoy a Serbian Sunset Take an afternoon stroll through Kalemegdan Fortress, concluding with a sunset view of the Danube and Sava Rivers’ meeting point. The fortress walls are a combination of crumbling and rebuilt Roman antiquities - due to the countless times Belgrade has been razed to the ground in its deep past. True to the Serbian spirit though, this fortress’s troubled history only enhances its defiant splendor. Nature in the City While Belgrade’s beautifully crumbling historical architecture is what gives the city its charm, it can still feel like the concrete-filled and gray postcommunist city that it is. Luckily, there is a good balance of city and nature. You don’t have to walk far to stumble upon a park filled with trees, green grass and benches. The largest is Tasmajdan Park, perfect for a weekend stroll from Slavija Square (the most exhilaratingly and politely chaotic roundabout outside of India) to St. Mark’s Church. A smaller and quainter option is the peaceful Pionirski Park, just across the street from the impressive National Assembly and in front of the Old Palace. In warm weather seasons, join the hordes of people who flock to the recreational Ada Island. Go bike riding, rollerblading, swimming, tennis, rock climbing, snacking and sunbathing. Don’t forget about our river cafes where we live it up into the wee hours of the morning. If you can stand to go back after the night of your life, many of these splavs are splendidly peaceful spots to grab lunch while soaking in the sun and river views. Tasmajdan Park