From Place To Space: Summer Break In Serbia

August 18, 2013 1

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Discovering century old monasteries, picking fruits and vegetables from the garden, reading a few books and no internet – that sort of sums up my past summer break in Serbia. I spent the past ten days doing more or less – nothing. I visited my family, attended my cousin’s wedding and just enjoyed the forces of nature.


Even though I really needed this time out, far away from internet access, laptops and blogging, I am so happy to be back with you here! My summer break was very family centered and apart from a few Instagrams, I kept very quiet in order to refuel my batteries and come back in full force for the busy weeks ahead.

I was such a lazy lad in Serbia, I just hung around reading a few books (I’ve rediscovered my passion for Agatha Christie crime stories) and rejoicing in the full force of the nature – the orchards in Serbia were brimful with grapes, apples, pears, peaches, figs, plums, the gardens offered huge ripe tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, watermelons and more. I loved the fact that I actually picked my breakfast directly from the trees, chopped the fruits and enjoyed them with fresh yoghurt. Another typical thing in Serbia is to buy fresh produce from local farmers on the roadside – this time I picked juicy figs and honey with nuts and fruits. 

One very hot afternoon I spent in the city of Novi Sad in northern Serbia. The city is a picturesque open air museum on the shores of the Danube river with wonderful architecture, interesting history and a vivid urban life (however, not on 40 degrees C in the middle of the day). While strolling along the riverside, I visited a Holocaust memorial with an inscription that really touched me (see on the pic), it says: ‘Remembrance is a memorial stronger than a rock. If we are humans, we must forgive. But we must not forget.’


As you see, I used my camera scarcely this time as I wanted to unwind to the max. Now I am back in full force and ready for more creative ideas, interiors, travels, inspirations with all of you. Have a happy new week!

Photography by Igor Josifovic
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  • Reply Judith August 18, 2013 at 23:05

    Welcome back Igor! Sounds (and looks) like you had a lovely summer break enjoying family & offline life. Oh and look at those figs… so delicious! Have a great week 🙂

  • Reply caroline@trend-daily August 19, 2013 at 07:02

    Wow-looks beautiful igor. So glad you had a real break without the internet. I will try tomorrow when we gi to Montenegro! Welcome back!:-)

  • Reply SalonSieundEr August 19, 2013 at 07:04

    Schön, dass du wieder da bist. 🙂

  • Reply studio13 August 19, 2013 at 07:29

    Hi Igor, lovely photos from Serbia. I have to visit Novi Sad once, heard so many nice words about that city. Great to hear that you had sucha nice vacations.

  • Reply navucko. August 19, 2013 at 07:38

    <3
    hach schööön! 🙂
    smokve bas izgledaju suuuper!
    veliki poz! 🙂

  • Reply Will @ Bright.Bazaar August 19, 2013 at 07:44

    Lovely to see you enjoying your offline time in Serbia. So cool to be able to pick your breakfast and then eat it. The weather looks like it was perfect, too! 🙂

  • Reply Anya Jensen August 19, 2013 at 07:53

    Welcome back Igor, the images are exquisite as usual, Serbia has been of my list of places to go/see for a long time now – these images make me want to go even more. Happy Monday and welcome back,
    Ax

  • Reply Lena August 19, 2013 at 08:32

    Beautiful photos, it looks like you had a really good and relaxed time, perfect for a battery recharge… the thought of fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden makes me jealous ad brings back memories – I lived in Montenegro for a couple of years and even though I’m happy to be back home for many reasons – that is one part I really miss! (and the sea, of course…)

  • Reply Jocelyn Casey August 19, 2013 at 08:37

    Igor, I have never been to Serbia so thank you for sharing your photographs and your “at home” experience! I feel like I have been there myself! Welcome back and I wish you a wonderful day! Oh and p.s. photos are FABULOUS! Jocelyn xx

  • Reply Stel August 19, 2013 at 09:22

    Must be a beautiful country to visit.

  • Reply Morta Andriulione August 19, 2013 at 10:52

    Really nice photos from Serbia!!! Morta

  • Reply Christine Stevense August 19, 2013 at 11:22

    Whta a lovely impression of your holidays! Especially the picutes taken in Serbia i like a lot. :o)

  • Reply julia I mintlametta August 19, 2013 at 11:39

    Igor – welcome back and yeah – soooo amazing pictures – each one of them!

  • Reply tina @ colourliving August 19, 2013 at 11:39

    Welcome back lovely Igor! Good to see you in the photos, in the knowledge you had a ‘proper’ break.
    Lovely pics and I particularly love the urban gardener:-) You were missed x

  • Reply Gina @ Oaxacaborn August 19, 2013 at 13:13

    Welcome back! Great photos of a beautiful part of the world! 🙂

  • Reply Cyndi Murdoch August 19, 2013 at 14:00

    Welcome back! I think it’s so important to rejuvenate and unplug for awhile…those pics are wonderful, as many have said – makes me want to go there. Happy Monday!

  • Reply Igor Josifovic August 19, 2013 at 14:20

    Thank you all for your wonderful welcome comments and compliments! It feels so good to be back with you my happy friends!!!

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt August 19, 2013 at 15:16

    Welcome back! Your break sounds and looks just lovely. I don’t believe I have ever seen photos from Novi Sad, looks like a beautiful city.

    I love it that you’re rereading Agatha Christie, I reread Murder on the Orient Express last year and loved it. Hercule Poirot is the man!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic August 19, 2013 at 17:35

      I love Hercule Poirot!! This time I was schmoozing with Miss Marple though:-))

  • Reply susan August 19, 2013 at 17:23

    Welcome back…I’m glad you had a relaxing and mostly unplugged vacation! What a beautiful place.

  • Reply wunderschön-gemacht.de August 19, 2013 at 21:37

    igor, was für chöne serbische impressionen! die feigen schmecken nur dort so himmlisch 🙂 gutes ankommen im alltag und herzliche waldgrüsse, d

    unja

  • Reply Tim August 20, 2013 at 02:46

    welcome back Igor and your summer break looks amazing! I am with you about the off grid, cut off, no internet situation. I am so wired up all the time that taking internet away from me is more or less like chopping my hand off of me.

    Chris and I are going are taking a little road trip from Calgary to the Rocky Mountain in a week. He picked the accommodation and all of them without internet access. I think that is his way of telling me I need to put the phone away and spend more quality time with him.

    Love how you just picked your fruits for breakfast from the trees! I have never done that before and I can only imagine how fresh the produces were in your yogurt.

    Glad to hear you had an amazing time with your family as well. I think I am due for one of those soon!

    xoxo

  • Reply Anonymous August 22, 2013 at 08:03

    I stumbled upon your blog on Zite and now have forwarded it to friends to show them how lovely Serbia is. Like you, I am enjoying the luscious fruits and vegetables. Thanks for the photos and your comments. My time is being spent in Jagodina with friends.
    Cathie from USA

    • Reply Igor Josifovic August 22, 2013 at 23:07

      Hi Cathie! Happy you liked my blogpost and Serbia! Actually, I spent a few days in Jagodina too where one of my auntie lives!

  • Reply Beauty Follower August 24, 2013 at 12:32

    Figs… yummy!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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