a tram ride around belgradestreets

Most cities now offer an open bus tour of their key sites.

Often an adapted red London bus.

I’ve taken them myself, in San Francisco, Vienna…

Yet, in my opinion, the best way to see a city is often to take a ride on public transport.

Only two weeks ago, on the eve of the London Olympics, I rode on the front seat upstairs on a number 23 London bus, working my way from the Strand, through Trafalgar Square, along Regent Street, Oxford Street. The flags of the nations of the world fluttering in the breeze. The crowds happy and excited, and, as it turned out, about to experience a stunning two weeks of sport…

And all for the price of a single bus ticket.

I remember on my first trip to Sydney being advised to take the public ferry from Circular Quay to Manly to experience the best Sydney’s harbour could offer. Way cheaper than a ride on one of the many tourist boats. Over time, we realised the best was the short hop from Pyrmont Bay to Circular Quay, the wind in your hair, standing at the back of the ferry as it passed below the magnificent harbour bridge, sunshine flashing on he waves, passing the sails of the Opera House.

Belgrade also has its own ways to explore its secrets.

Just a few weeks ago I took a ride on a boat from Ušće. A glorious balmy moonlit night, gliding along the serene waters of the Danube, beneath the bridges that cross the Sava, the city, Kalemegdan, looking beautiful under the light of the full moon and stars. Would you believe I forgot my camera…

Yet for me, the best way to capture the feel of belgradestreets is to take a ride on one of the many trams. Not for me the fancy new cool air-conditioned trams but the older trams that follow the circular route of the number 2 line that surrounds the heart of the city. The grandeur of the government buildings along Nemanjina, the crazy muddle of trg slavija, the parks along the bulevar, the underground treasures of vukov spomenik, the streets of Dorćol, Kalemegdan, the bustle of Karadjodjeva, the grit of the railway station…

When you visit, jump on the tram and see for yourself…

waiting
sitting
crossing
painting
sitting
looking
curving
arriving
story telling

4 thoughts on “a tram ride around belgradestreets

  1. What fantastic photos! I’ve missed your photography, especially your muted colours. I agree with you about public transport. I took a bus tour in Munich and resented the full €14. I had no opportunity to take photos and missed the chance to touch and absorb significant monuments like the eternal flame. Contrast that with the rides we took in public transport where you can see how locals look, eavesdrop on conversations and hop on and off at will, and I know I will always choose public transport.

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