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Letters from Serbia: Subotica, charming Town of Northern Serbia…

My dear travellers, how are you today? In the past few months, due to a situation called Corona, the way of life has changed. Unfortunately, a lot of human lives have been extinguished, people’s consciousness has changed and we have started to take more care of ourselves and our health. Many companies closed down, and lot of people lost their jobs and unfortunately this is global thing. The economy has been seriously affected, especially tourism as a sensitive activity has suffered great damage.

This year will be dedicated to domestic and regional tourism because those are the only possibilities of this tourist season. I sincerely hope that everyone will be able to plan their vacation in the best possible way and get to know their country and region a little better.

Reichl Palace, a living masterpiece by architect Ferenc Reichl

I am sure that at least some of you had a feeling of desperation and helplessness during this period, so I tried in every way to find some kind of inspiration. I was helped by a one work assignment given to me by a fashion label and their only request was to take pictures in some interesting environment and to find some interesting city in Serbia.

After searching for some interesting destinations in Serbia on the Internet, pictures of the city of Subotica gave me inspiration for work and I decided to sit in the car and visit this gem in the very north of Serbia.

Do you want to start a new adventure? It is a question that goes through my head every day and I believe that each of us sometimes needs a change of environment, at least for a short time to escape from the daily routine. When I set off my road trip for Subotica, I felt great excitement because I didn’t know what was waiting for me there, and the pictures were promising.

Subotica is the northernmost city in Serbia and the second most populous in the autonomous province of Vojvodina. A city with its interesting geographical position in the heart of the Northern Bačka district. Throughout history, many names have been used to show the beauty of this unusual center of Hungarian Art Nouveau.

The Subotica Promenade

During the history, the city changed about 200 names. You must be wondering why? Subotica is a city where people of different ethnic origins lived from the Middle Ages until today, and it was also under the rule of several different conquering forces. It is interesting that all the inhabitants wrote about Subotica and gave the name of the city in accordance with the spelling and grammar rules of their language, but in most cases, they have not changed the way they are pronounced until today.

The Subotica City Hall and the monument to Tsar Jovan Nenad

Today’s name of the city of Subotica comes from the word that means the day of the week “Saturday” and first officially appears in the middle of the 17th century. However, the opinion of the inhabitants is that the town was named after Subota Vrlić, the treasurer of Emperor Jovan Nenad.

Of course, as always, there are more legends that have been passed down from generation to generation and more sources of information, but I think that these two assumptions about the origin of the name of the city of Subotica are true. Do you perhaps know what was the official first name of this city?

Some historical writings prove to us that the first officially documented name of the town was Zabatka, which dates from the 15th century. There are various theories of the history of the origin of this name. According to one of the theories, it is actually one of the variants of today’s name of the city in the Hungarian language, which reads Szabadka.

In accordance with this theory, this word derives from the adjective Szabad, which in Hungarian means “free” and the suffix “-ka”, which is interpreted as a diminutive – diminutive. Therefore, in the free translation of the original name of today’s Subotica, we can interpret it as a “small” or “free, lovely place”.

Park on the central Republic Square

Subotica is certainly one of the most intriguing cities in Serbia because it has the largest number of buildings built in the spirit of modern artistic architecture. The town house and synagogue, which were built at the beginning of the 20th century, stand out because of their timeless beauty.

They were built according to the plan of the same team of Hungarian architects, Mr. Marcell Komor and Dezso Jakab. Another marvel of the architecture of the Hungarian Art Nouveau in Subotica is the Reichl Palace, built by the architect Ferenc Reichl as his masterpiece of life. Once the palace was his home and office, today it is an object of exceptional cultural significance where the Gallery of Modern Art “Art Encounter” is located.

Church of St. Teresa of Avila

Church buildings such as the Cathedral of St. Theresa of Avila, the Franciscan monastery, the Orthodox Church and the Hungarian synagogue built in the Art Nouveau style typical of the early 20th century are some of the sacral buildings you can visit in Subotica.

The Cathedral of St. Teresa of Avila was built in the late 18th century in a typical Baroque style. Subotica was part of the Habsburg monarchy at that time. The cathedral was designed by a Hungarian architect named Franz Kaufmann. On the roof of the church, between the two bell towers, there is a statue of the Virgin Mary.

You must be wondering how the crack in the central part of the building was created? Construction experts believe that the two bell towers began to sink and that they were gradually pulling the church nave to their side, as a result of which a crack appeared in the very middle of this sacral building.

This mistake was made in the construction of the church itself, and a little crack caused a serious crack, which experts have been trying to repair for years. It is believed that due to the excessive pressure exerted by the bell towers, which are higher and heavier than the central part of the building, the subsidence of the terrain additionally affects and in that way a crack was formed on the church.

Monument to the victims of fascism

The monument to the fallen fighters and victims of fascism is a cultural asset in the very heart of Suborica, a mausoleum where the remains of the greats of the Subotica workers’ movement and revolutionaries who died in the fight for freedom of the North Bačka district. The monument consists of three parts: a pedestal, an access plateau and a tomb.

The Jakab and Komor Square Synagogue in Subotica

The synagogue in Subotica is the only remaining sacral building built in the style of Hungarian secession in the world. It was built by the Jewish community, which at that time had around 3,000 members. Its architecture emphasizes the dual, Hungarian-Jewish identity of its builders, who lived in the multiethnic, majority Catholic city of the Habsburg Empire.

National Theater in Subotica

The original building of the National Theater in Subotica was built in the middle of the 19th century as the first monumental building of cultural significance in Subotica. Unfortunately, it was demolished for the purpose of renovation by the city authorities about ten years ago, although at the end of the 20th century it was declared a historical monument of exceptional importance. Residents believe that by demolishing the original building of the National Theater, Subotica has lost its charm.

Monument of Holy Trinity

The monument of the Holy Trinity shows the harmony and unity of the citizens of Subotica at a time when the population was working together to clean up the swampy parts of the city. This is not only a cultural good but a symbol of faith, hope and unity all with the aim of improving multiculturalism and creating a better community.

Subotica is truly a real gem of the Northern Bačka district and I sincerely advise everyone to visit this city and see for themselves the true beauty of Northern Serbia. When you finish your visit to Subotica, not far from the city bustle, only seven kilometers from the center of Subotica, there is Palić, the most famous health resort and picnic area.

Why visit Palić? Palić is known for Palić Lake, which has been one of the most visited places in Serbia for many years. Have you perhaps heard some of the many legends about the origin of this lake?

According to a legend that was passed down from generation to generation, Lake Palić was created from the tears of the shepherd Paul, who lost his flock exactly where the lake is today. That is why many people today “claim” that the water in the lake is salty because of tears of this desperate shepherd.

Palić Lake

How did you like this interesting story one of the most famous city in North Serbia? Have you visited Subotica and Palić? Here spring is the most beautiful period of the year I have prepared this travel story for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! I hope that you will maybe visit Serbia this summer and enjoy in the colours of the natural beauties of Vojvodina. Have you already made some plans what you are planning to visit after this lockdown?

Palić Lake

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page. See you soon with another interesting story about Belgrade!

Best,
Mr.M

This post is my gift to all my dear travellers, who wanted to learn something new about Serbia. The post is for informational purposes only and is not sponsored.

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What is Fashion? The Elegant Secession Style of Northern Serbia…

My dear travellers and fashionistas, welcome to my new post. How are you today? Have you managed to get back into the normal life after this lockdown time? I am sure that we were all relieved that the authorities decided to relax the measures and return our lives to normal, to which we are all accustomed.

These days, I was thinking about where I could go and clear my mind a little, and along the way learn something new about my country. Researching on the Internet, I found a lot of recommendations with places in Serbia which you have to visit. I have to admit that I was delighted with the photos of Serbia and in the end I decided that I should visit the northernmost city in Serbia – Subotica.

Throughout history, many names have been used to describe the beauty of this city. During the turbulent history, the city changed about 200 names. You must be wondering why?

Subotica is a city where people of different ethnic origins lived from the Middle Ages until today, and it was also under the rule of several different conquering forces. It is interesting that all the inhabitants wrote about Subotica and gave the name of the city in accordance with the spelling and grammar rules of their language, but in most cases, they have not changed the way they are pronounced until today.

Today’s Serbian name of the city of Subotica comes from the word that means the day of the week “Saturday” and first officially appears in the middle of the 17th century.

However, the opinion of the inhabitants is that the town was named after Subotica Vrlić, the treasurer of Emperor Jovan Nenad. Of course, as always, there are more legends that have been passed down from generation to generation and more sources of information, but I think that these two assumptions about the origin of the name of the city of Subotica are true. Do you perhaps know what was the official first name of this city?

Some historical writings prove to us that the first officially documented name of the town was Zabatka, which dates from the 15th century. There are various theories of the history of the origin of this name. According to one of the theories, it is actually one of the variants of today’s name of the city in the Hungarian language, which reads Szabadka.

In accordance with this theory, this word derives from the adjective Szabad, which in Hungarian means “free” and the suffix “-ka”, which is interpreted as a diminutive. Therefore, in the free translation of the original name of today’s Subotica, we can interpret it as a “small” or “freely place”.

The building you have the opportunity to see in the pictures is the amazing palace of the architect Ferenc Reichl, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century. This palace was his home and design bureau at the same time. This building is made in the style of the unique Hungarian Art Nouveau and really represents a masterpiece.

Today, this building is a protected cultural asset and a cultural monument. I will write more information about this landmark in the next post when I take you on a tourist walk through beautiful Subotica.

The city radiates a special energy and all the time I had the feeling that I was in another country. Believe me, I had the impression that I was in a charming Austrian town. My photographer and I were the real attractions in the city for a very short time because no one took pictures, and I had a quite interesting equipment, so it was interesting for people to see what we were doing.

One lady who went to the supermarket with her daughter recognized me and did not believe that she would meet me in her city. The lady was so wonderful that I couldn’t refuse her kindly invitation for coffee, so my photographer and I had an unexpected break.

Since you know that I always share some interesting information with you and my personal observations, I have to tell you one interesting thing. The lady who took us for coffee and lemonade to one pastry shop that had wonderful ice cream. Unfortunately, due to this situation with COVID-19, they can’t make cakes at the moment, but we enjoyed the beautiful sweet summer treats like ice cream.

The thing that amazed me was the price of ice cream, coffee and lemonade… Will you believe me that a scoop of ice cream costs less than 50 cents (euro) dinars and a cone costs around 20 cents… A glass of lemonade 50 cents is also the same price of coffee… I have to admit I was in shock because in my hometown – Belgrade the prices are drastically higher. I didn’t believe it when I got the bill, I thought they didn’t calculate something well, everyone noticed that I was surprised, so they explained me.

I think you now have more reason to visit the northernmost city in Serbia and enjoy the beauty of the city and to refresh yourself a little and take a little sweet break while summarizing your impressions of Subotica.

This nice weather allowed me to “walk” through Subotica my new one and I have to admit a very sensitive jacket made of suede leather who has shown itself very well because you know how difficult leader things made of suede leather are hard for keeping it clean and fresh for a longer time.

I promise you that in the next post I will tell you a story about Subotica and that there will be a lot of interesting information and advice on what you should visit if the road leads you to Subotica!

OUTFIT

Jacket: Loro Piana

T-Shirt: Loro Piana

Jeans: Pedro del Hierro

Backpack: PICARD

Sneakers: Loro Piana

How did you like this outfit I wore to visit the one of the most famous city in North Serbia? Have you visited Subotica? Here spring is the most beautiful period of the year I have prepared this outfit for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! This outfit is made by something new, something old and a unique balance is the final result.

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page. See you soon with another interesting story about Belgrade!

Best,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by PICARD Lederwaren and Tendam fashion group. This post would not have been possible without the selfless help of Loro Piana fashion house which helps me to express my fashion spirit with their iconic and fashionable pieces.

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Belgrade Diaries: The Avala mountain, a Faithful Guardian of Serbian History…

My dear travellers and fashionistas, how are you today? I sincerely hope that you are well and that you have been able to find some kind of fun during this situation called COVID-19 (Coronavirus). I am not going to give you any advice on how to spend your time during this ongoing alarming worldwide situation, I just want to ask you how much you can abide by the regulations currently in force during this state of emergency.

This is a time we need to spend with family and stay in touch with friends and the outside world via telephone and other online forms of communication which we successfully use nowadays.

In my previous posts, I did my best to find that it was primarily because of people who wanted to learn more about the sights of Belgrade, such as the Gardos Tower that forms the heart of Zemun on the banks of Danube and Topcider Park, which remained known as Prince Milos Obrenovic’s favorite green oasis. Today I wanted to introduce to you the most famous Belgrade “mountain”.

Avala is a hill located in the southeastern part of Belgrade, and just over 16 kilometers from the heart of the city, you have the opportunity to enjoy exceptional views of Belgrade, Vojvodina and Sumadija. Belgrade’s most famous “mountain” is 511 meters high.

In the Middle Ages, the town of Zrnov was located at the very top of Avala. In the 15th century, Zrnov was conquered and under siege by the Ottoman Empire, which built a brand new city and renamed it “Havale,” a word that comes from the Arabic language and means an obstacle.

Avala has been on the list of protected government properties since 1859 as a natural monument and a site of exceptional cultural and historical importance of Belgrade. It was not until 2007 that Avala entered the circle of protected green spaces of the city of Belgrade.

The mountain was declared a national park in 1936. A few years later, Avala was granted the status of public good of general interest and the administration was assigned to the Government of the Republic of Serbia. In the mid-1960s, more precisely 1965, the 202-meter-high Avala Tower was built, one of the tallest buildings in the Balkans. The tower was unfortunately destroyed in the 1999 NATO bombing of Serbia.

Fortunately, with the Government’s decision, the reconstruction began in 2006 and the officially new Avala Tower was opened to the public on April 21, 2010. The new tower is the best replica of the destroyed one, and once again Avala has been given the opportunity to confirm its title of Belgrade’s most famous picnic and relaxation area.

On the Avala, you can also find the Monument to the Unknown Hero, the Monument to the Soviet War Veterans, the Memorial Park, the Monument to Vaso Carapic.

The beautiful forest, the restored tower and the Monument to the Unknown Hero are indisputably symbols of present-day Avala, however, older generations know that the well-preserved fortress of the medieval town of Žrnovo once stood on the foundations of the Monument to the Unknown Hero.

At the request and order of the king, the remains of the fort were destroyed by dynamite with the desire to erect a new Monument to the Unknown Hero on the remains. There has been public debate as to why King made such a decision, but no real conclusion was reached. I would like to share with you the fact that at the time, not far from the new one, there was already a Monument to the Unknown Hero, but it was also demolished. Only the cross left in the church in Beli Potok remains today.

A new monument to an unknown hero at the top of Belgrade’s Avala Mountain symbolizes the great plight of a country. Have you ever wondered who is the Unknown Hero resting on Avala?

It’s one boy whose childhood was violently interrupted in 1915 when he was hit by a grenade. Sculptor Ivan Mestrovic wanted to display a symbol of five centuries of slavery under the Turks with sculptures marking the different nationalities of the former republics in Yugoslavia…

On the other hand, many believe that the monument to the Unknown Hero was used not to give official meaning to the mysterious hero, but to display Serbian history with jeweled numerous Masonic symbols. Many today believe that King Alexander and Ivan Mestrovic were Freemasons.

Whether the Monument to the Unknown Hero is in fact, a grand Masonic symbol built for reasons unknown to us, or as many believe, is just one confirmation of the adherence to the idea of unification, by which King Aleksandar Karadjordjevic tried to prove his loyalty to the Yugoslavs… This is a secret we may succeed to find out, but one thing is inevitable Avala is a symbol of Belgrade that we can be proud of.

I will say that I made good use of one day and had the opportunity to learn more about Avala. As in past posts after a “walk” through history, I have to tell you something about my outfit.

When you are a blogger it is always a great honor for you to feel immense happiness and satisfaction when you get an invitation for collaboration with a brand that builds its story for years and invites you to be part of that fashion story. I don’t know if you’ve heard of the WELLENSTEYN brand, but it’s one of the more famous luxury German fashion brands. You may have been wearing it for years, but do you know the story behind this brand?

The history of the Wellensteyn brand began, sometime around the 1960s in Germany, but today this brand can be seen in stores across the United States and North America.

Then, sixty years ago, Adolf Wuttke was a manufacturer of mechanical instruments used to plunge into the depths of the North Sea. He always tried to be close with his customers, in the right way to find out what they wanted. Of course, he was always a welcome guest at the docks and shipyards that used his instruments every day.

After a while he noticed the need for adequate work clothes that would not only be part of the work uniform, but also possess a certain elegance. He did not want to create any kind of clothing, his vision was to produce the best jackets for men. That’s exactly what he did!

He created a straight line of stylish jackets and coats that were unique because they were made of special waxed materials that will withstand wind and rain, while keeping every worker at the dock safe from all natural disasters.

The company was taken over by Adolf’s son Thomas. Nowadays, the Wellensteyn fashion brand also has a women’s collection, with a number of different jacket styles that will give you exceptional comfort and impeccable elegance in any season.

The brand fosters a style of functional elegance, where I decided to introduce you a model from their new Spring-Summer 2020 collection. In the following posts you will have the opportunity to see some more interesting models.

OUTFIT

Jacket: Wellensteyn

Sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

Sneakers: Tod’s

How did you like this outfit I wore to visit the one of the most famous city sights in Belgrade such as Avala? Have you been in Belgrade? Here spring is the most beautiful period of the year I have prepared this outfit for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! This outfit is made by something new, something old and a unique balance is a result.

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page. See you soon with another interesting story about Belgrade!

Best,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Wellensteyn. This post would not have been possible without the selfless help of Loro Piana & Tod’s Group fashion houses which helps me to express my fashion spirit with their iconic and fashionable pieces.

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Royal Diaries: Topcider, the Green Oasis of the Prince of Serbia…

My dear travellers and fashionistas, I hope you are doing well, because today I have one real nice surprise for you. A few days ago, I wrote you something about Gardos Kula in Belgrade, sight which makes only the heart of Zemun, on the bank of the Danube river. Today I will show you another interesting place called Topcider Park, a landmark that is on the bucket-list of every tourist who visits Belgrade.

I am sure that you at least once had the opportunity to see this park on the postcard from Serbia or on the internet, but you did not know that it was an oasis created by Prince Milos Obrenovic during the 19th century, building a court complex that was the centre of cultural and social life in the 1930s. in Belgrade.

When I mention my friends from Germany or my other friends from another countries my beloved Belgrade, they always ask me what they can see in Belgrade and what kind of architecture and natural beauties they can expect to see? When I tell them that famous word EVERYTHING, they just say, oh yes (like yeah, right…)… just to persuade them, I kindly type on the google “WHAT TO SEE IN BELGRADE” and results come up with a thousands of extraordinary pictures that evoke the beauty of the Serbian capital. After they dare to type “WHAT TO SEE IN SERBIA”, maybe after a few days, they send me a message that they are coming to Belgrade and may be traveling little a bit in Serbia. Obviously, almost every time at the end of message is sentence: “You need to go with us!”.

As I spent many years in Germany and other European countries, I have realised how much some nations in Europe are in love with their homelands. An average German will, in 90% of cases, will always choose to spend his travel budget and holiday in his own country. I didn’t even know it until I went to some German cities with my friends from Berlin and we visited their local sights, most important cities of culture and natural beauties, especially to highlight their lakes because they are really unusual and well maintained.

Having learned a lot from Germans, I decided to put it into action and to introduce some of my international readers of my blog to see some unusual places in Belgrade and Serbia as well (soon). Due to the current situation with the Corona virus, I will stay in Belgrade for a few more days until we get permission to visit other places in Serbia. I am sure you will like new interesting posts that will focus on Tourism in Serbia.

Did you know that Topcider Park is the oldest park in Belgrade? The word Topcider comes from the two Turkish words TOPZI (meaning: cannon) and DERE (meaning: stream or valley) and in literal translation it would be Valley of the Cannons, because almost five centuries ago the Ottomans performed exercises and preparations for battles in this area.

This park has always been a favorite in Serbia and a place where everyone came to enjoy nature, some rest and fun with family. The urbanization and expansion of Belgrade has led to a decrease in green space around Topcider Park and Kosutnjak as well.

It is interesting fact that in 2015, a special session of the Government was held where Topcider Park was proclaimed as the most important natural monument of culture in Belgrade. Topcider Park is located in the Savski venac municipality and is state-owned by the Republic of Serbia as a protected property of high cultural importance.

When we look a little into the history, we come to interesting information that Prince Milos Obrenovic decided to build a residence for himself and that he wished to be located in Topcider Park. In the period from 1831 to 1834, the construction of the main part of the Royal court complex was completed.

The park within the court complex began to be renovated in the time of Prince Milos, especially since the arrival of engineer Atanasije Nikolic in 1839, who also edits the first nursery garden in this area in 1846. Some historians claim that French and Czech landscape architects were involved in the construction of the park, who left their personal mark on the course of the Topcider Park.

In front of Residence of Price Milos ( itself is a tree of the London plane tree, which is also on the list of protected cultural and historical heritage of Topcider – Kosutnjak park.

It is not known exactly when this plane tree was planted, but it is believed that it was planted by order of Prince Milos Obrenovic when his Residence was built. This plane tree is considered one of the largest and most beautiful specimen of its kind and represents the living historical and horticultural heritage of Belgrade.

Residence of Prince Milos Obrenovic, which you have the opportunity to see in the photos, was built in 1831 and is a combination of tradition and cultural Serbian heritage of the 19th century. This building could be proudly compared to other objects of cultural importance of its time.

During the reign of Milos Obrenovic, this place played a very significant role as a court and at this place assemblies and meetings were held regularly. The palace was designed by architects Janja Mihailovic and Nikola Djordjevic. Some of their rich interior decoration of the building’s ceilings, walls, and niches has been partially preserved till today.

The second remodeling of Topcider Park was marked by the erection of an obelisk in honor of Milos’s return to Serbia in 1859. The position of the obelisk is carefully designed so that in the intersection of the axis of symmetry of the Residence and the church, key objects in the royal court complex are connected.

Around the obelisk were circular hedges and low conifers of regular shape. Symmetrical plantings were introduced with exotic plants, such as banana trees, which were very popular in arranging European parks in the 19th century.

At the beginning of the 20th century, geometric landscaping was still present in decoration of Topcider Park, and there were numerous novelties within the court complex. You can also visit the Archibald Reiss Memorial at this cultural complex. It was erected in 1931 in memory of Dr. Archibald Reiss, a great friend of Serbia, a criminal expert and professor at the University of Lausanne.

To the Great Friend of Serbs from the Hardest Days, the Soldier of Justice, Truth and Law… Swiss Professor Dr Reiss

In the early 1920s, the landscaping of the park changed substantially, with the controlled application of the free English landscape style of landscaping and the disappearance of proper geometry.

In 1954, the 150th anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising, the former residence was opened as the Museum of the First Serbian Uprising. The museum, dedicated to the entire period of Serbian resistance to Ottoman rule known as the Serbian Revolution, later served as the basis for the Historical Museum of Serbia, founded in 1963. The Residence of Prince Milos was declared a Monument of Culture of Exceptional Importance in 1979, placing it under the protection of the government of Serbia.

Today, Topcider Park extends over 13 hectares, just five kilometers from the heart of the city and is surrounded by the wooded hills of Kosutnjak and the Topciderka River. Slightly neglected and forgotten, far from the former image of a splendid and lavish European park. This park is of great value and represents an unimproved potential of Belgrade.

If you want to relax and spend some quality time with your family and friends visit this incredible green oasis. I believe that all of us always need those five minutes without any noise from the “noisy” world… In this wonderful complex you have one interesting restaurant.

The restaurant “Milosev Konac” (Konak is Serbian old word which means Residence) is located in Topcider Park, and as a restaurant dates from the Second World War. The facility is located in an environmentally protected area, because it used to be for the personal needs of the Prince Milos Obrenovic, and in recent decades, this restaurant has been visited by the most eminent foreign and domestic very important persons.

The restaurant provides top-notch service with a rich selection of national and international cuisine, along with a wide selection of local and foreign drinks. I have little tip for you! If you are coming at the end of the Spring time or during Summer this is the perfect place for you and your family and friends to enjoy in the beauty of Belgrade history.

I used the beautiful and sunny time to visit this gem of Belgrade and with my photographer I have done my best to make these photos for you that I sincerely hope you will like. I hope I have been able to show you at least a little bit of the beauty of this natural and historical oasis in Belgrade.

For all the fashionistas who follow my blog with great love & joy and I have to write just few sentence for my today’s outfit, I hope my dear travellers will not love me less after this point of the post! 🙂

When winter comes, which is mostly dry and the sun rules out, your best friend in this case is a COAT. The coat may be a little more elegant than a feather (bomber) jacket, but it may be a little difficult for the coat because it can only be worn in dry and cold weather. So I decided to take advantage of these sunny days and walk my “best buddy” and together we feel the freshness and beauty of nature in Topcider Park.

OUTFIT

Coat: Burberry

Turtleneck Sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

Sneakers: Roberto Botticelli

How did you like this outfit I wore to visit the one of the oldest park in Belgrade? Have you been in Belgrade? Here spring is the most beautiful period of the year I have prepared this outfit for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! This outfit is made by something new, something old and a unique balance is a result.

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page. See you soon with another interesting story about Belgrade!

Best,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Burberry. This post would not have been possible without the selfless help of Loro Piana fashion house which helps me to express my fashion spirit with their iconic and fashionable pieces.

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Urban Elegant Spring at Gardos

My dear travellers and fashionistas, how are you today? I hope you are beingware and have taken some precautions because of this new situation with the Corona virus. We need to be aware that this is only the beginning and that the Corona is a respiratory infection that can easily be infected by each of us and that it is just like any other flu. Of course, this is only the beginning of a pandemic and we must be prepared for the fact that there will be a large number of patients, it is important to remain alert and not to panic.

The Corona is dangerous for people in vulnerable groups, those who are already suffering from some autoimmune diseases, people with impaired immunity and the elderly people. All those who are sensitive to the flu, I remember five years ago when my grandmother died of the common flu that led to pneumonia at the age of 89. We need to be aware of the fact that this is a virus that will continue for some time. It is important not to panic and be adequately guarded, to maintain hygiene and to protect yourself well before going outside.

I decided to take pictures for a new post so I took the opportunity to visit one of the most important landmarks in Zemun – Gardos Tower. When looking at postcards and magnets that tourists can buy when visiting Belgrade, you cannot miss Kalemegdan, the Winner Statue and the Tower at Gardos.

Based on the traces and the remains found, the scientists concluded that some of the first settlements near Belgrade and Zemun were found near the Tower on Gardos. Today it is a historical monument where everyone can enjoy a beautiful view of the beautiful blue Danube and the Serbian capital, Belgrade .

This historic monument was built in the time of the Hungarian Monarchy, but to this day due to the great efforts of the authorities it has been preserved and we have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this extraordinary cultural monument.

Since my photographer came to Serbia because we were supposed to go on a planned trip to South America, but everything was canceled in the last minute due to the situation with the Corona virus, the photographer decided that he at least did not miss his flight to Serbia, so we considered some travel options in Serbia and Balkan region during March and April 2020.

So far, certain tourism organisations have been prepared to show their willingness and commitment to cooperate despite the current situation, which is why I am extremely pleased. I hope you enjoy the future posts that follow this spring.

Everyone who regularly follows my blog knows that my fashion posts are mostly educational and I will do my best to prove it this time. How did the Tower of Gardos begin? The famous tower in Zemun that adorns Gardos was built in 1896, when the Hungarians celebrated their 1000th anniversary of moving from the far Ural region to Europe. To mark this important anniversary, four millennium monuments have been built to mark the exact borders of Hungary on all sides.

The central millennium monument of this unusual composition, with statues of chiefs of the seven tribes who are the founders of the state and significant figures who have marked the rich Hungarian history, is today located on the Heroes Square in Budapest.

The tower on Gardos was built to mark the framed southern border of the Hungarian Monarchy and this is the only remaining monument outside the borders of the present-day People’s Republic of Hungary. Unfortunately, towers in Slovakia, Ukraine and Romania no longer exist.

Originally, this tower was named the Millennium Tower, due to marking one millennium, or 1,000 years since the arrival of the Hungarians in these areas. The Serbs who inhabited the present-day Zemun area had different names, but the most popular among the people was the name of the “Janka Sibinjan Tower”, after the famous historical figure Janos Hunjadi, who fought against the Turks and who was famous for his heroism and great deeds in many folk songs.

This name was widely accepted by the people and accepted by the Government after the First World War. Today’s name is Gardos Tower, named after the famous bank on which it was built more than a century ago.

Today, this place is the center of cultural and artistic events, so this time-honored beauty of Gardos has gained new meaning and splendor. Gardos Tower is the heart of Zemun on the bank of the Danube, which is open to visitors every working day from 10am to 7pm. I am sure you will enjoy it because the view from the tower is truly magnificent and unique.

For all the fashion lovers who follow my blog with great joy, I have to write some words about my today outfit, I hope my dear travellers will not take me wrong! 🙂

I’m sure you’ve noticed over the years, realistically, how and not when I’ve been repeating on social media as much as I really am a big fan and supporter of urban elegance where the trench coat is little more than a piece of clothing, but it’s an iconic cult of fashion!

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Trench: Burberry

Turtle-neck Sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

Sneakers: Loriblu

How did you like this outfit I wore to visit the one of the most famous sights of Belgrade? Have you been in Belgrade? Here spring is the most beautiful period of the year I have prepared this outfit for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! This outfit is made by something new, something old and a unique balance is a result.

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Burberry. This post would not have been possible without the selfless help of Loro Piana fashion house which helps me to express my fashion spirit with their iconic and fashionable pieces.

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Mr.M Fashion Guide: How to wear Iconic Leather Coat?

My dear fashionistas and travellers, how are you today? I think this winter has been the mildest for us so far, there was no snowfall that you have to admire. This year, we were alarmed by the Corona virus, which put us all in danger, I sincerely hope that the number of patients will be reduced and that a vaccine and adequate drugs will be found that will reduce the fatal outcome.

As I prepare for the Belgrade Tourism Fair, this year I will be the Destination Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, which is also the partner country of this year’s 42nd Belgrade Tourism Fair. If you are passing by, drop by the booth of the Arab Republic of Egypt to visit me and to talk about Egypt from February 20 to 23, and I would especially like to invite all those who are able to attend a special conference – a roundtable where Serbian journalists will show their sightings of Egypt. The roundtable will be held on February 22 starting at 12 am in Hall 4 (large conference room). I sincerely hope to see you soon! Drop by and say hello! 🙂

Today I am sharing with you an interesting fashion outfit post where you will have the opportunity to see the way I have combined one of the most fashionable pieces in the world right now – a leather coat. When you mention leather clothing, men first come to mind with some good leather jackets, of different lengths and models, but they are less common with leather coats, because sometimes they are not practical. Hand-to-heart, a leather coat requires a little more care and is not a practical piece of clothing if you have a lot of business to do during the day.

Fortunately, I took a day off before the hustle and bustle of meetings about organizing the Belgrade Tourism Fair to take pictures and write down some of my impressions of this outfit. In collaboration with my longtime fashion blog friend – Burberry, today I am able to show you one “eternal” piece from their new Spring-Summer 2020 collection. When I was picking outfits from the new collection, I tried to be unusual and authentic. Having been cooperating for over three years, I was able to feel the beauty of their famous gabardine, but this year I opted for a slightly different material – leather.

Because of my height, I have become a big fan of over-the-knee coats because I think the longer coats would “eat” me and I would look visually much lower. When you are wearing a leather garment you have to carefully consider the fact that you have to keep an eye on the weather forecast. The leather is very sensitive material and does not have good waterproof abilities, so it is important that you wear leather clothing in dry weather conditions, as some leather types may have water stains (most often in the case of velour type of leather).

Believe me, I learned this the hard way when I ruined my new velour leather trench at FIRST wearing because a terrible downpour hit me. Because the bright and light colour of the trench, dark rain stains remained on it. I wore it a couple of times so, after I painted it in navy colour, don’t ask better how it ended… I’m so sorry for that coat I still keep it in a special dust bag hanging in the closet, I’m just sorry to throw it away…

With this particular coat, the rain would not bother so much because it is a stronger calf box, this skin type is resistant, it is a little heavier, but it is of good quality. This coat is dark colour, so any traces of rain drops would not be easily seen on the surface. I stayed consistent with myself so I combined this “avant-garde” fashion piece with classic trousers and a turtle-neck collar sweater.

I have to admit that my only challenge was choosing the right shoes. First, I had some basic idea in my head that this coat should be combined with classic boots, but in the end my sneakers that I bought a few years ago in an outlet suddenly beat that first idea. I haven’t worn them for years, just tidied them up and placed them on my shoe shelf until they literally fell on my head today… I thought it wouldn’t be a bad thing for this fashion combination to get some casual note and make the combination not too serious.

I sincerely hope that I was able to bring out this iconic piece today. I may not be the Matrix, but it turned out nicely in the end, following my urban elegance style. See you in a couple of days with a new story, it might be interesting to do some cross-section of travel and make one short cross-section of the destinations I visited in 2019. I would love to hear your opinion and if you can give me some ideas.

There were some plans for new adventures in Asia earlier this year, but travel was delayed until the alarm because of Coronavirus disease, because tourism organizations did not want to put us bloggers at risk. I am try to organize some new journeys and I promise you will read some interesting stories on Mr.M blog, so I will do my best to organize something unusual and to please my dear readers with some interesting letters from some unusual parts of Africa and Europe.

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Leather Trench: Burberry

Sweater: Loro Piana

Trousers: Loro Piana

High-Top Sneakers: Saint Laurent

How did you like this outfit I wore to visit the streets of Belgrade? I have prepared this outfit for you with a lot of love and I hope you like it! This outfit is made by something new, something old and a unique balance is a result.

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by Burberry. This post would not have been possible without the selfless help of Loro Piana fashion house which helps me to express my fashion spirit with their iconic and fashionable pieces.

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Why You should fall in Love with Belgrade?

My dear travellers, how are you today? It looks like autumn has decided to show us the worst at the very beginning of the season, so this fall season is open with a “variable” weather! Really, I do not know where all that rain comes from, it’s impossible! Today, as I was preparing breakfast, the idea of writing another post about the love of my city came to my mind. I sat down at a table and all of a sudden words came in a minute, real brainstorming, but the creative blockade was also present. And so, after 2 hours, this text was written.

Do you like your city? Did you find your place “under the sun”? If you are interested in an honest answer, just think it is just there lying somewhere in your mind, the answer will come by itself by the time. Pay attention to your emotions. I am sure that each of us has some fond and less beautiful memories that bind us to our hometown…

My friends whom I have met so far are mostly from the other cities of Serbia and we have always tried to visit each other. So this was some of our internal jokes that we are doing some reality travel show, a caravan that from time to time moved to another city in Serbia, but life and work always brought us back to the main capital.

On one occasion, Dusko Radovic, was one of the most famous Serbian poet, writer, journalist and TV editor said: “Who was fortunate enough to wake up in Belgrade this morning can be considered to have achieved enough in his life for today. Any further insistence on something else would be immodest”. We use this quote almost every time when we want to tell something about Belgrade.

Belgrade is a city that welcomes a lot of people from all over the world every day. It is a city that is so natural, and still so modern and comfortable for living. Maybe are standard is quite low, but still people find out the right way how to live a life with less money in their pocket and still to be happy! Since my life story is played somewhere between Serbia and Germany, besides Belgrade, just over 1000 kilometers away is my second home – Berlin. Belgrade and Berlin are totally different, but each is beautiful in its own way. Berlin is maybe better and there are much way bigger chances for a better life, but Belgrade will always stay the city of my dreams and the source of eternal youth! 🙂

Belgrade, a dynamic and bustling city. This is Belgrade as we know it today and what an impression it leaves us as we “run” from Terazije to Zeleni venac… Chaotic, as we panic in the car to the Slavija square, so modern and chic while standing on the escalators of Usce or Delta City Shopping Malls…

This is a briefly described everyday life in Belgrade, but if you take the time or if you are a tourist who came here to get to know this city, you will meet a different city and an unreal metropolis full of sights of cultural as well as historical places where history and events took place. Some events which changed Europe and the world as well. Beautiful facades, unusual buildings, as well as the beautiful and smiling faces of the Belgraders who are considered good and courteous hosts.

Today, I decided to remind you of the beautiful, sunny and bright some days in September, while the foggy and rainy everyday life spoils our mood. It was one sunny Friday when I made a deal with a photographer to do some interesting shooting on the streets of Belgrade. I haven’t made photos on the streets of Belgrade in a long time and I must admit I missed it a lot!

I took the opportunity to “walk through” my new fashion accessory – sunglasses which I recently got from my dear friends Edel Optics.

Edel Optics is one of Europe’s largest online eyewear and sunglasses online store. In addition to the online store operating in all EU countries, they have a flagship store in Hamburg, Germany.

I tried my best to combine the neutral beige with the odd shade of red and I think I did it nicely. You already had the opportunity to see my sneakers in some of my posts last year on my blog, and here is an answer to one of the questions people just love to ask me: “Do you wear all those shoes that you get or you throw all of them away after you finish promotion?!”. I’m one of those people who keeps their belongings for a long, long time…

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Jacket: Massimo Dutti

Trousers: Loro Piana

T-Shirt: Loro Piana

Sunglasses: Givenchy via Edel Optics

Sneakers: Roberto Botticelli

Fotoaparat: Sony Alpha 7r IIObjektiv: Sony G Master 24-70 MM

My dear ones, once again we have come to the end of our post. Time just flies so fast when you are having a good time! At the end of this post, I would like to thank my friends from Edel Optics for this incredible gift and now I think I just found a new fashion item which you gonna see on my blog for a long time. I like to wear sunnies, but mostly I lost them, so I really hope that is not to be a case with this one!

How do you like this story about this simple and casual outfit? I am sure that you have one nice, light jacket in some bright, neutral colour in your closet, use it and make this fashion season unforgettable! See you next week!

If you have a question, comment, suggestion or message for me, you can write me down in the comments. Of course, as always you can contact me via mail or social media, which you can find on the CONTACT page.

Best,
Mr.M

This post was sponsored by Edel Optics and Givenchy brand. I also thank my friends from  Loro Piana and Roberto Botticelli for amazing outfit and my friends from Sony who made it possible to enjoy in these beautiful photos made with the Sony Alpha 7r Mark II camera with Sony FE 24-70 mm lense from special G Master series of professional lenses.
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Dear Belgrade, Everything I hide from you…

My dear Belgrade, I have not written you for a long time, I hope you will not be angry on me, because everyday life and duties did not allow me to write you earlier, so I took this morning off to write to you. How are you? What are you doing? Is there anything new in your life? Did anything change until I was gone?

I hope you will have some nice news for me! The newspapers report that the biggest Serbian friend comes to visit us, so if I grab some free time, maybe I will come to see you, and by the way to say hello our great friend. I heard that people is very happy because of him, they are sure that much of things in Serbia will change, maybe the salaries and pensions will finally increase slightly, so the people will at least will have the real feeling that they are actually alive…

My mother wrote couple days ago has wrote me that our lovely elderly neighbour  which we call Aunt Mica is especially feeling happy, telling everyone how she prepared the most beautiful dress and coat she wore at her wedding and kept those things for almost 50 years in her closet because of some special occasion which will happen. When our great friend appears on our TV screens, Aunt Mica does not blink at all, there is no power from too much excitement to do such a thing. I’m glad that at least she will fulfill her great wish, since many of us have not succeeded – Dreaming the dreams with the open eyes.

It’s not bad here abroad, You’ve been working from morning until you see that the sun has gone down, just behind of the buildings that you do not need to search for it. You live somehow, what our people would say: “Life goes on, I will go with it because that’s how it must to be!”. People here don’t know what it means when your salary is delayed, because here everything is well known and when the salary will be paid, all the bills will be directly paid from your account, there is no exception or some delay!

How am I? It’s not bad I’m not complaining, just trying my best to live nicely, I’ve finished various schools and my sister too, because of something, you will feel strange because you’re still away from home. In the first month, you will be caught by depression and nostalgia, but when your new salary transfers on your bank account, you will remember why you left your country. Believe me, my Belgrade, here abroad you live like at the airport, it’s still a free zone, but you are not with them and also you are not with your people. We, Serbs are not a bad people at all, we have not been ever something like that, just our life was something that was not perfect.

Everyone heard about us, books are being written, movies are being made, foreign bloggers come to Serbia… Not everything is so bad in the country of Serbia. It will be all right, but it still has something to change for us. My dear Belgrade, I’m sure you’re wondering what I am doing right now? I’m happy! I’m happy that I will come home, just to see you, by the way and to say hello to a great friend of Serbia who knows maybe he also follows world online trends and he will come out of the car to make some selfies with us who are looking forward to it, I hope it will be! Maybe it will not, but hope dies last!

Tell me as soon as possible if some of our friends are coming soon in Serbia, I will buy a flight ticket on time while these incredible sales of air tickets are on! Ideas I can come to see you for 20, 30 euros! It’s just Incredible!

I have to tell you that I am glad we will soon see each other again, right now I am packing a new white Zara coat, which I bought at the final sales, it was not easy to get it, but it was worth it, believe me! My dream was to welcome our great friend in crystal white coat, which is otherwise a symbol of peace and friendship.

I also bought a nice red sweater at Zara that “survived” even last year’s sale so I bought it for only 4 euros my dear Belgrade. I told myself, “Marko, you need to buy this red sweater just to feel happiness!” So that was my last words, before I heard famous beep which means that my credit card is accepted and I had enough money to buy this amazing sweater.

Are you ready for the guests my dear Belgrade? I am writing to you this letter from the metro, I have to drive precisely 32 stations to the airport and here I come to see you. As always, you wonder what I will wear and I will give you a little hint, but do not tell anyone, give me your word that nobody will know my little fashion secret! All right, here it is!

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Coat: Zara

Sweater: Zara

Backpack: Louis Vuitton

Jeans: Makia

Jeans: Makia

Camera: Sony Alpha 7r Mark II

Dear Belgrade, please tell me how do you like this outfit? See you soon!

Best regards,
Mr.M

This post is sponsored by the Finnish fashion brand Makia. The purpose of this post is not to disparage or insult anyone, but entertainment! Mr.M said his opinion, if someone does not like it, please forgive him, he is just a human! The special guest who was mentioned in the text was the President of Russia. He visited Serbia in January 2019.
For all those beautiful photos I used Sony Alpha 7r Mark II.
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Burgundy, I love you!

 

Hi guys!

I hope you’re doing well! First, I would like to apologize to everyone for the delay of a new post … Frankly, I didn’t hope that this would happen. Fall has finally arrived in Belgrade and those famous variable temperatures where you just don’t know whether to wear a short sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt or a winter jacket… I’ve decided to wear a coat this time!

Double-breasted trenches and coats are my favorite fashion pieces and they just are never enough! Burgundy color is always good choice, people always say that colors change with new fashion season, but colors such as burgundy, navy, gray and black simply don’t get out of fashion so easily…

 

 

The Fall season you just can’t imagine without some nice dark jeans, you just have to have it in your wardrobe, it’s not important which brand you will choose, it’s only important to find jeans with a good cut which suits you well and you feel “fashionable” when you wear them! ?

You should always keep in mind that you can never get into fashion, and that’s why you should always always be faithful to your style and maybe find some inspiration in the new fashion trends… Magazines are best sources where you can always find some inspiration, but as you probably know you can just google it and find much easier and mostly for free, but then you don’t feel joy and excitement when you reading some magazine! 🙂

Take advantage of this last sunny September day and who knows you might be surprised and become a fashion icon on the streets of your city! I sincerely hope that you liked my post today, and we’ll see you next week! If you have any questions, suggestions, comments or proposals for collaboration, you can contact me via social media or via mail address: [email protected]

Best,

Mr.M

 

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Coat: Burberry

Sweatshirt: Kenzo

Jeans: Pedro del Hierro

High-Top sneakers: Jimmy Choo

 

Camera: Sony Alpha 7R via Sony Deutschland

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall in Belgrade

 

 

Hi guys! How are you today? I hope you are good and you’re ready for a new post!

Finally it’s time to start a new season on my blog. Before I start, I’d like to apologize to everyone for not been around for a while. The problem was on the website because it was hacked and all the data was infected with the virus and the site was not able to function normally. But, it’s all behind us and that’s why it’s best to start with my first post in this new season!

September is my favorite month of the year, you are surely wondering why? There are two reasons: the first is my birthday, and at the same time starts my favorite seasons – FALL!

 

 

 

The dark color is always the best choice, even when it comes to wearing a piece of clothing like a coat … No need to talk about it anymore, victory is guaranteed! I am sure that you, as well as myself, have many people around you who always say that some color doesn’t fit you as well… Sometimes you need to listen to the advice, but also sometimes you need to listen to your heart and who knows you may “grab” the right combination!

 

 

Sometimes you need to be spontaneous, persistent. It’s the same with fashion … Fashion may be a game in which there is never a winner; it’s easy for everyone to try to present their combinations in her own way and bring it some new and fresh life. The most important thing is to try something new and always improve yourself. Every combination is common, if you don’t add something to your own, and even if it was a very ordinary like smile, the most important thing is to have a heart…

 

 

The coat won me with its golden details, it was a love at first sight (I am a person who always attracts little details…). The jeans are great model and cut is apsolutely amazing so it follows this elegance type of style and everything looks like one perfect fashionable harmony. High-top sneakers are a bit unusual detail here, but why not? It’s good to take risks and try something new … I always say that my style is “Urban Classics” and here are the results: classic coat, jeans, high-top sneakers … I think this was and more than enough from me this time!

 

 

Once again, I want to take the opportunity to apologize to everyone who follows me and support me because this little break was not up to me. The circumstances were such that it happened that the website was hacked and that the only solution was to create a new website and it took a little time, but I’m here again! I’m preparing for a new fashion adventure and next week if everything goes well, I’ll take you to a well-known European metropolis! For a couple of days will you know and which city I will take you to…

I sincerely hope that you liked today’s post. If you have any suggestion, idea or proposal for collaboration, please contact me via social networks or by mail: [email protected]

Best,

Mr.M

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Coat: Zara

Sweater: Esprit

Jeans: Pedro del Hierro

Watch: Daniel WellingtonS&L Jokić –  Satovi i nakit

High-top sneakers: Christian Dior

Camera: Sony Alpha 7RSony Deutschland

This post is sponsored by Grupo Cortefiel and S&L Jokić Premium watch store from Serbia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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