Posts tagged ‘Architecture’

Weekly Photo Challenge: Dialogue

“Life is an endless cycle of souls, swirling along the path of the universe, being reborn, but never truly dying before being reborn again.
As long as this cycle continues, we will never really die.”

― Ameila Wolfe

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This is my contribution to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

Photos first published on belgradestreets in October 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Silhouette

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This photo was the first I posted to Instagram, way back in the fall of 2011.

It reminds me of the first walk I took on belgradestreets.

Walking in the snow and ice from the Hotel Mr President opposite the bus station, past the railway station and then up the slope of Nemanjina.

Little did I know then the impact this city and her people would have on me.

Thank you for visiting belgradestreets.

This is my contribution to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

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“One never reaches home,’ she said. ‘But where paths that have an affinity for each other intersect, the whole world looks like home, for a time.”

― Hermann Hesse

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life begins here

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bagged

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well heeled

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bricked up

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changed

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contained

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument (Sunday, 6 April 1041)

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The most dramatic part of Kosančićev Venac could be easy to dismiss as an insignificant long demolished building in a plot left in disuse.

But this is Belgrade.

So it is not.

An overgrown hole in the ground surrounded by fencing and marked by two large posters in Serbian and English marks the spot of the former National Library.

Destroyed by German bombs on 6 April, 1941.

The words on the poster.

“Stop, for a moment, you who are passing by!
On this spot, until Sunday, 6th April 1941, there was the National Library of Serbia.
On that day, in the early morning, started the bombing of Belgrade.
First, peace was blown to pieces, and then, in Kosančićev venac, the National Library began to burn.
Ancient written heritage, old and new books, papers and letters, documents and newspapers were burning for days.
For days flames destroyed the testimonies on the existence and lasting of one people.
For days the fire devoured centuries of history, condensed in words.
The flames finally turned into coals, the coals into ashes.
On this spot, since Sunday, 6th April 1941, there have been the ashes of a great part of the historical memory of the Serbian people.
That’s why stop, for a moment. you who are passing by!

Svetlana Velmar-Janković”

It is worth, as many do, standing there by the site, reading those words, and reflecting on all that has taken place in this city, this country

I walked by this site many times.

In many frames of mind.

Those who know, know.

And care.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Threes

Liberté, égalité, fraternité

The French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen of 1789 defined Liberty in Article 4 as follows:

“Liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every man or woman has no bounds other than those that guarantee other members of society the enjoyment of these same rights.”

Equality, on the other hand, was defined by the 1789 Declaration in terms of judicial equality and merit-based entry to government (art. 6):

“must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens, being equal in its eyes, shall be equally eligible to all high offices, public positions and employments, according to their ability, and without other distinction than that of their virtues and talents.”

And without fraternité then neither of the above is possible…

So, when the polls call, stand tall, walk tall, speak your voice and take a stand for Liberté, égalité, fraternité

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This is my response to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

“If I had a photograph of you
It’s something to remind me
I wouldn’t spend my life just wishing…”

Lyrics from “Wishing (if I had a photograph of you)” by A Flock of Seagulls.

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This photo first appeared in Kralja Petra dva here on belgradestreets, I captured my reflection by accident…

This is my response to the latest Weekly Photo Challenge from The Daily Post at WordPress.