Belgrade’s Architecture Stares Down at Serbians’ Vivid Nightlife
Last week I talked about nightlife rebounding in Los Angeles, so I would be remiss if I did not mention a city that many say now has the best nightlife in Europe. One regret about my time in Belgrade was that I did not spend enough time in the capital of Serbia. Saturday night in Belgrade is not for the timid. Clubs, restaurants, and bars only get started at a time when most Americans get ready to go to bed. Tunes blare out from illuminated windows, humming everything from old folk tunes to heart-thumping techno. Skadarska, Belgrade's answer to North Beach or Greenwich Village, is especially fun: subdued during the day but boisterous at night. The bad memories of the 1990s may stay within many Serbians’ hearts, but the country has recovered. Nevertheless, the former Yugoslavia’s past history and promise stare down at you from these imposing buildings, from neoclassical to socialist architecture, while you traipse about the city center. I decided to share a few of my pictures while I traveled last November through the Balkans.