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.

Statue at Trg Republike

Statue at Trg Republike

Liqueur at a traditional tavern, Belgrade

Liqueur at a traditional tavern, Belgrade

Signs pointing out mileage from Skadarska, Belgrade's bohemian district

Signs pointing out mileage from Skadarska, Belgrade's bohemian district

Belgrade apartment building, near Piornirski Park

Belgrade apartment building, near Piornirski Park

Former Yugoslavian government building, Belgrade

Former Yugoslavian government building, Belgrade

National Museum, Belgrade center

National Museum, Belgrade center

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.