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Nis & Leskovac

Stories and Photos from my travels to South of Serbia.

Destination 》EuropeCentral and Eastern Europe  》Serbia

Year Visited: 2018 – September

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After few days in Novi Sad, the capital of Vojvodina, we took a bus to Niš in Southern Serbia.

Niš, Founded in 279 BC, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and birthplace of three Roman emperors including Constantine the Great, the founder of Constantinople (Istanbul). The city’s past has earned it the nickname The Emperor’s City. Located in southeast, Niš is the third largest city in Serbia. The city was occupied by the Romans, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Byzantine, Serbian and later on, the Ottomans for five centuries. Niš suffered a lot during WWII; the Nazis built one of Serbia’s most notorious concentration camps here. Today, Niš is one of the most important economic centers and education center in Serbia.

Photos below are from our visit to this ancient city.

Niš Fortress, an important cultural and historical monument, rises on the right bank of the Nišava River, overlooking the area inhabited for longer than two millennia. The existing fortification is of Ottoman Turkish origin, dating from the first decades of the 18th century (1719–1723), erected on the site of earlier fortifications by the ancient Roman, Byzantine, and later Medieval forts.
Ruins from Ottoman era in the Niš Fortress.
Bali-beg mosque, built during early 16th century, it is the first mosque built in Nis during the Ottoman rule. The mosque is located in the central part of the fortress.
Bali-beg mosque, built during early 16th century.
Ancient Roman Baths in the Niš Fortress.
A jazz museum at Niš Fortress, Each summer for over twenty years, the Niš Fortress becomes a center where top musicians from the whole world perform.
Raul inside the jazz museum at Niš Fortress,
Graffiti at Riverside Park
A restaurant in Nis was serving Coca Cola in special limited edition bottles with an antique designs from early 1900, before the iconic “Contour Bottle”

After spending a night in the the third largest city in Serbia, we took a local train with only ONE compartment to the city of Leskovac, visiting a local host family, the best experience during our entire trip to Serbia.

Old steam locomotives on a side track near Nis Railway Station.
Old steam locomotives on a side track near Nis Railway Station.
Our first ride in Serbian Railway, the communist era train had only one car (compartment)
We arrived during the Leskovac Grill Festival, a yearly grilled-meat festival organised in Leskovac. During the event, the main boulevard is closed for traffic, night and day for five days, and many grill-stands are constructed to create temporary restaurants.
Live entertainment at the Leskovac Grill Festival
Two Vegetarian backpackers at the Leskovac Grill Festival 🙂
Drinking beer with my Host at his home.
Enjoying Serbian Hospitality with the host family; Raul with our host and his parents, our host’s mom prepared vegetarian breakfast for us, such a wonderful family. This was Raul’s first experience with CouchSurfing.
Raul sharing his Guitar experience with our local host family.

After a night in Leskovac, we continue our backpacking journey through the Balkans, moving towards south to Pristina, the capital city of Kosovo, a partially recognized country.

By Window on The World

In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...

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