Serbia in Two National Geographics
- Written by Maja Jovanov
BELGRADE – The Tourist Organization of Serbia has played host to reporters of the British and Romanian editions of National Geographic Magazine. Read what they wrote about Belgrade.
After a journalist of the British edition of the world-famous National Geographic Magazine recently visited Belgrade as a guest of the Tourist Organization of Serbia, the magazine carried words of praise about Belgrade with an invitation to visit the city as soon as possible.
Belgrade definitely deserves the epithets listed in the text written by journalist Stewart Forster, which is proved by the growing interest of foreign tourists to discover the charms of the Serbian destination. In a next entitled I ♥ Belgrade, the Serbian capital is described in the following manner: “The Serbian city is the life and soul of the party. Live it up and brace yourself for boat-based clubs with a grown-up crowd, al-fresco terraces overlooking the Danube and don’t miss an opportunity to visit one of the popular art exhibitions and enjoy the local art”.
Stewart describes Belgrade to National Geographic readers through its rich culture, history and an interesting night life, takes them on a tour of the tourist destinations and offers an opportunity to learn about the cult places in the Serbian capital. His text about Belgrade clearly conveys the emotions and impressions which the Serbian capital leaves on visitors seen through the eyes of a British visitor, the Tourist Organization said in a statement.
“Belgrade shines with the optimistic vibrations of a city passing through positive changes and has almost imperceptibly and quietly acquired the reputation of one of the world’s leading ‘партy’ destinations.
Although by its heritage from the past decades Belgrade simply did not attract British visitors, those who decided to come are often impressed by the hospitality and warmth of its residents".
The entire text will be available in the January 2015 edition of the British National Geographic, and we shall be happy to post a link as soon as the text is published online.
Under the title Great Ambitions for Belgrade, a report on the Serbian capital was published in the December issue of the Romanian edition of National Geographic.
The 15-page report was written by journalist Catalin Gruia, after a six-day visit to Belgrade in the organization of the Serbian Tourist Organization and with the support of the Tourist Organization of Belgrade and Air Serbia.
Gruia conveys to National Geographic readers impressions about the visit to Belgrade made this July, during which accompanied by a photographer he toured the center of the city, the New Belgrade and Zemun districts, the Skadarlija street, Savamala, Ada Ciganlija island, the royal Palace complex, St. Sava’s Temple, numerous museums, restaurants and bars.
Gruia writes: “Few places are blessed by such beautiful nature. We are speaking about the only European capital lying on two large rivers, the Danube and the Sava, with a 200-kilometre catchment area, 16 islands, numerous sandy beaches, parks. It looks to me as a city at a moment of flowering, as a beautiful girl not fully aware of its beauty. Probably it will soon begin to put on gaudy make-up, to decorate itself for suitors, and finally climb up among the well-known destinations. We warmly recommend that you taste Belgrade. Now – before it has not yet been discovered by the masses.”
Illustrated by memorable photos of Belgrade, the report describes and recommends well-known Belgrade attractions, with lively descriptions of personal experiences.
Gruia says about Belgraders, the energy of Belgrade and the famous night life: “The miraculous ingredient are the Serbs themselves, who go out in groups and visit several places in one evening. International magazines have recently competed in writing in superlatives about the night life of Belgrade. The locals have been having fun since time immemorial, but only now has the rest of the world discovered them.”
During the visit, the Romanian reporter was shown by the Belgrade Mayor, Siniša Mali, a project for Belgrade’s Waterfront on the river Sava.
Source: Hause of Good News