Inside the Kalemegdan Citadel in Belgrade lies a park full of history, stunning views, and a sense of tranquility away from the buzz of the city.
We happen to be here on a Saturday when the sun is shining and winter is beginning to leave the city, early spring is making its mark. It’s the weekend of the Serbian National Holiday known as Statehood Day; remembering the country’s revolution against the Ottoman Empire and gaining independence.
Historic Richness is mixed with nature as the sunlight casts itself over war paraphernalia and the Military Museum. Outside the citadel, the town is loud with voices, traffic, hussle and bussle of a Capital City on a weekend. But hidden within the walls of the Citadel there is a sense of calmness and relaxation as people walk at ease, no voices raised, no anger, just contentment. A contrast to the battles that have happened inside those very same walls.
Families with children laughing, friends catching up over popcorn, couples holding hands, tourists listening to tour guides and taking photographs, lone walkers taking in the view, people of all ages strolling without a worry in the world.
I have an affection and appreciation for this city whilst walking around, grateful to be here to see the beauty and learn the history of this fascinating place.