Tuesday, 23 May 2017



Belgrade's Metropol Palace amongst the best new hotels



BalkanTravellers.com   
29 August 2013 | A Serbian hotel made it to the top 63 new hotels of Conde Nast's latest selection. "An intriguing 1950s-era hotel that harks back to Belgrade's heyday as the glamourpuss of Eastern Europe and a sexy destination for walk-on-the-wild-side westerners. Updated by London firm MKV Design, the 239-room hotel is on one of the city's most stylish streets", reads the description, which earned the hotel the distinction.

The hotel was built in the uneventful, stern style of socialist realism, and what was once considered dull, seems today to be seen as peculiar and interesting. For instance – the “curiously pretty vintage light fixtures that come off as freshly modern”.



It seems that many sides of the renewed hotel fit the tastes, but the restaurant menu. “The Greek-Asian menu is all wrong – dump it for a major Serbian barbecue menu”, Conde Nast Traveler advises.

 

 

Epicure


Serbia
A World of Flavour Comes to Serbia's Capital

18 June 2010 | At Belgrade's first food and drink festival, the weather was hot and some of the food even hotter. Full Story



Curiosity Chest


Balkans
The Balkans' Street-Renaming Obsession

The battle over renaming streets in Eastern Europe since the fall of communism reflects their importance as symbols of identity, history and power. Full Story



Useful Reads


Serbia
The Yugo: The Rise and Fall of the Worst Car in History (2010) | By Jason Vuic

No other car, save perhaps the equally admired Skoda, has inspired as many jokes as the Yugo, the product of “cutting edge” technology from the former Yugoslavia which was ranked by US auto journalists as only the eighth most deadly car on the road. Full Story




Music


Serbia
Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
Full Story