The Yugoslavian authorities established several memorial sites between 1945 and 1960, though widespread building started after the founding of the Non-Aligned Movement. Yugoslavian president Josip Broz Tito commissioned several memorial sites and monuments in the 1960s and 70s dedicated to World War II battle, and concentration camp sites. They were designed by notable sculptors, including Dušan Džamonja, Vojin Bakić, Miodrag Živković, Jordan and Iskra Grabul, and architects, including Bogdan Bogdanović, Gradimir Medaković. After Tito’s death, a small number was built, and the monuments were popular visitor attractions in the 1980s as patriotic sites, and since the Yugoslav Wars and the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the sites are abandoned and have lost their importance. (Source Wiki) I’ve traveled 4307km’s in 8 days through 7 countries and more then 30 cities to find these monuments (The Kosovo monuments were done separately which in total 2728km’s were traveled in 3 days). Most of them were built on hard to reach high mountains, most of them abandoned and deemed to be forgotten. A few were still maintained and well kept to preserve the history behind them. Some were blown up into pieces. The word ‘Spomenik’ in serbian can bring either good or bad vibes. Depending […] Read More
The West is the best. This is the famous lines from The Doors song “The End”. Whether Jim Morrison referred it for the west of the USA or the western part of the world, he might have changed his mind today after he took a trip to the Balkans. So many things have changed and are still changing in the Balkans, its sometimes hard to keep up. I’ve been to Belgrade before back in Feb 1992. A very sensitive  and tense time to be in the region. Yugoslavia was falling apart by one country announcing their independence to another. Not a very good time to be in Serbia. That said, I wanted to erase these bad memories and replace them with newer and much improved ones. The most memorable thing about Belgrade is people like to party. Regardless their age, rich or poor, taste in music, etc., Belgradians like to go out. And the plus side of things, its really cheap to do so. Getting into clubs can cost you 200 Serbian Dinars = 1,70 Euros! So you can imagine what your Euros can be worth in Belgrade. The most interesting and different places to go out was the docks. […] Read More