In view https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgrade
To celebrate new milestone,
after 45 km of cycling again, mostly along roads with swift cars.
And a lunch on the river Donau (wonderful fish taken from the stay at Cortanovci Ferialac, where i slept in my tent again!)
It was a bit rainy today
So i did not get very far
Across the bridge..
Following a bicycle path that was very smooth and then just ended, with the need to join the highway. Which i declined. And now i am overlooking Novi Sad from the https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petrovaradin_Fortress
The library shows in its windows Serbian writers from the 12th until the 21th century
How have men and women lived? This was explored in refreshing webinar https://www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/news/2021/oct/dawn-everything-new-history-humanity
Anthropology and archeology have this capacity to make us see from outside of our usual patterns. And this book seems to take a new lOOk https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/314/314162/the-dawn-of-everything/9780241402429.html
Rain (kiša) has kept me in this place.
Decoration from before the stagnation:
People have boats here they can live on during holidays?
The sunlight is coming through the clouds to shine on the water, silvery golden.
I thought there was a bridge here:
It turns out the bridge is 2 km to the east:
75 Visited Bačka Palanka museum this morning, that is full of treasures from a 30.000 years history, up to modern paintings https://kcbp.rs/Музеј/
Its curator, who is incredibly knowledgeable and an important cultural pillar of the city, was so friendly to show me its many exceptional items.
i crossed the bridge on bicycle and went to Ilok Castle overlooking the Donau, having to enter Croatia, Hrvatska, with passport controls on both sides of the bridge.
The view was spectacular
Twice I have now watched Nečista Krv https://www.imdb.com/title/tt12653060/ ‘unclean blood’ in the local cinema and i have started to read this well know Serbian book by Bora Stanković from 1910 to learn the language https://www.rastko.rs/knjizevnost/umetnicka/proza/bstankovic-krv.html
After beautiful ride along European Amazon route
With water, lilies, birds, ibisses, herons and bees.
In Apatin visited collector of books on archeology and art Dusan and his wife, perusing many books on Serbian monasteries and looking at the great painting in churches tradition.
Along the way many beehives
Two bees struck me while taking this picture along the way.
Confusing: now the language is Hungarian again, plus German, Schwabisch. The peoples and their languages have been moved around a lot.
Many animals here little birds, 7 cats, 3 dogs, fish, turtles, chichen and little chicks
lunch on the Danube
Very wide here
A room with a window to this pond like extension of Donau
In Bačko Novo Selo Hotel Bela Vrba , White Willow
Statue of Tesla in Apatin
Magically sitting in air
Morning coffee art ART caffe, Apatin
View from my new desk:
This morning deeper insight into Serbia. After seeing the licenceplate brawl on television https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/oct/02/tensions-rise-at-kosovo-serbia-border-as-number-plate-row-escalates
69 breakfast on the Danaube
10:30 now reading Gandhi Hind Swaraj
Indian Home Rule, written in 1908 (https://mobile.twitter.com/thewire_in/status/1444210546501472256)
Goethe and Jacob Grimm learned Serbian in order to read Serbian epic poetry in the original.
70 The Empress IV
Morning Church service with singing and light coming in in rays.
The church is spectacularly painted. Yet people pay attention to small icons placed inside, it seems as if the painted story of jesus’ life from birth to ascendency, is not appreciated
This beer is brewed here
Visited Pope Francis yesterday https://www.iec2020.hu/en.html