For Molly and I, what started as a trip to southern France, has transformed into one giant history lesson about Europe’s darkest 32 years. Everywhere on this continent there is death, loss, violence and destruction.
Driving in the Balkans is not an easy affair but with a little bit of preparation anyone can do it.
For 500 years Novi Pazar was an important city for those traveling by horse or on foot between the Adriatic Coast and Serbia, serving as a stopover and major crossroads for journeys in the Balkans.
The Romanian countryside we drove through had the look and feel of an agrarian society I previously thought had vanished from all of Europe.
Novi Sad is as an essential stop on any trip to Serbia and by seeing both Belgrade and Novi Sad you’ll quickly understand the effects the Great Powers had on this country. But it’s also the perfect place to relax for a few days, walking along the river and sitting in the square watching the people go by.
Belgrade has quickly become one of our favorite European cities. Belgrade is not as visually stunning as other European capitals, but with so many gorgeous parks, lively cafes and friendly people you’ll want for nothing.
We wanted to share pictures from the road (many of them are taken from the moving car) to help you get a sense of the dramatic and varied sights and scenery we experienced in the of course of our relatively short drive.