If you read my lastpost, you know I had been travelling Western Serbia and as promised, I’m sharing few more photos and things to do here. This region doesn’t have big cities and is best known for it’s nature. Besides visiting Drvengrad, here are few more things you can do here:
1. About a 10-minute walk from Drvengrad which you saw in the last post, you can find one of the oldest moveable railway museums in Europe. You can hope aboard a vintage train from the early 1920s and ride in it through one of the most beautiful region of this country. You will love the experience of being on the train but the scenery will leave you speechless and at peace. Train runs twice a day so make sure to check the schedule first. They even offer logging so you can stay in one of their apartments.
There are 3 stray dogs here but they are so docile and welcome you as you come in. Consider them to be your hosts :)
Ciro Rail Station Museum
2. Second activity you can do here, and I’m sure you will enjoy thoroughly, is hike the hills and nearby villages and explore old architecture of the region. By architecture I don’t mean some grand villas but rather very charming old houses very unique to the region. I get the privilege of staying in one of those vintage homes. My great grandfather’s house is in the village of Kremna and is one of the most peaceful places to be. I still have many memories of visiting the house as a kid. My great grandparents still lived there at the time. Now the house serves more as a cottage. The walls of the house which are about a meter thick keep the house cool, if not cold, so no AC is necessary. Days are warm here but nights are very cool so you are guaranteed some of the most restful night sleeps. Top floor features all original windows which do require some refurbishing. Oh and did I tell you that there is even a traffic sign with my family name (in Cyrillic alphabet) signalling the turn to my village heheh. How cool is that! Also, If you’re lucky, you may even catch a ride on a pimped up tractor!
My great grandfather's house
3. Nothing in this region is far when speaking in kilometer distance, but western Serbia is a very mountainous region and full of canyons and meandering roads, so 20km distance may take you a full houre to drive. It’s worth it though. So about an hour ride from Kremna and Drvengrad, you will find a beautiful lake Zaovine. This is not a nature lake but it rather formed when a dam was constructed. This summer has been extremely hot so the water level is a little lower making the access to the lake a little rocky. On the other side of dam, on top of the hill, you will find restaurant Tarsko Jezero which has a terrace view to die for. Many tourists stop by to eat or at least grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the scenery. We camped at the top of the hill above lake Zaovine and waking up to this view was priceless.
Must read book!
4. On the mountain of Tara, about a 30 minute ride from Zaovine, you will find village of Mitrovac. This village is known for mountain tourism and as Tara mountain is protected, you will find so much untouched nature, beautiful trails among coniferous trees and access to a lookout over Drina river canyon. You will want to stay there for hours, breathing in fresh air and all of the beauty of the canyon and its colours. A must-see!
5. Lastly, just enjoy. Get back to nature, appreciate the peace it provides to you mind and body. Sit on the ground, feel the grass, let your eyes absorb all the beauties around you. You body and soul will thank you for it.
As for the outfits, I can’t fully call them that. One of my suitcases containing most of my clothes got delayed in Frankfurt so I had to work with what I had in my shoe suitcase and my carry-on. But it worked out anyway. I wore the white Forever 21 dress couple of times. My new Pink exercise leggings made for a great Yeezy inspired outfit when combined with the oversized sweatshirt, and the red light summer dress from H&M perfectly mixed with the greens and the blues of Tara mountain and Drina canyon. As for the shoes, I seem to be wearing these H&M slides with everything. They are just so versatile.
Hope you enjoyed these last two posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Canyon of river Drina (view from Tara mountain)