Novi Sad: Liberty Square and Town Centre

Crkva imena Marijinog, Novi SadCrkva imena Marijinog, Novi Sad

Following our charming walk through the streets of Novi Sad, we entered Trg Slobode (Liberty Square) from the west.  The first thing you notice on entering Trg Slobode from any direction is the beautiful Roman Catholic Parish Church of St Mary’s Name (Crkva imena Marijinog). It was built in the neo-gothic style between 1893 and 1895 on the site of what was previously the cathedral.

Svetozar Miletic, Trg Slobode, Novi SadSvetozar Miletić, Trg Slobode, Novi Sad

In the centre of Trg Slobode is a statue of the famous Serbian leader and mayor of Novi Sad Svetozar Miletić.  You can see that Exit Festival had arrived in town as Mr Miletić is in fact holding a beer bottle in that photo!

Erste Bank, Trg Slobode, Novi SadErste Bank, Trg Slobode, Novi Sad

Trg Slobode is full of fine examples of neoclassical and Baroque renaissance architecture (and I’m slowly learning to recognise these styles).  Maja wanted me to take a photo of this building because of the majestic little armoured knight you can see at the top there.  I don’t know the name of this building (Serbian friends – help!) but I have seen it described as the Erste Bank or Iron Man Building.

Novi Sad City Hall
Novi Sad City Hall

The first time I saw the Novi Sad City Hall, it literally took my breath away.  It was built in 1895 by architect György Molnár and is in the neo-Baroque style.  Did you know that Novi Sad is twinned with Norwich in England?

Crkva imena Marijinog with flags of Serbia, Vojvodina and Novi SadCrkva imena Marijinog with flags of Serbia, Vojvodina and Novi Sad

I love this shot! It shows the Name of Mary Church with the flags of Serbia, Vojvodina and Novi Sad.  Novi Sad is the capital of Vojvodina province and Serbia’s second largest city.

Street signs in Cyrillic and English, Novi SadStreet signs in Cyrillic and English, Novi Sad

One of the numerous things that I fell in love with in Serbia was Cyrillic so I delighted in taking photos of the streets signs in English and Cyrillic.   In the past two weeks, I have taught myself Cyrillic and am ever so proud of myself!

Map of Novi Sad Map of Novi Sad in Trg Slobode, Novi Sad

Speaking of Cyrillic, you can see at the top of this map of Novi Sad that the city’s name is Нови Сад in Cyrillic.

Statue of  Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and Saborna Crkva, Novi Sad Statue of Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and Saborna Crkva, Novi Sad

Jovan Jovanović Zmaj was a very important Serbian poet.  That is the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in the background there, known locally as Saborna Crkva.

Corner of Ulica Gimnazijska and Ulica Dunavska, Novi Sad
Corner of Ulica Gimnazijska and Ulica Dunavska, Novi Sad

What I love most about the photo above is not only is it typical of one of the side streets in the city centre but the ever-present graffiti is typical too!  Ulica Gimnazijska translates as Gymnasium Street and Ulica Dunavska means Danube Street.

Ulica Dunavska, Novi SadAlley off Ulica Dunavska, Novi Sad 
Ulica Dunavska, Novi Sad

I wonder if you can lives in any of these little buildings?  That sounds like an absolute dream to me – living in Novi Sad city centre just off Trg Slobode.

Entrance into Dunavski Park, Novi Sad

Dunavski Park, Novi Sad (2)Dunavski Park, Novi Sad (3)

Dunavski Park, Novi Sad (4)Dunavski Park, Novi Sad (5)

Dunavski Park, Novi Sad (6)Dunavski Park, Novi Sad

It was beautiful to walk through such a lovely park and cool down after walking through the streets and city centre of Novi Sad.  It is such an incredibly beautiful city and I would love to return one day.  In fact, I am hoping that “one day” will be next summer.

Walking Around Loch Monzievaird

View of the loch, Loch Monzievaird

Shortly before I went away to Serbia, a colleague told me that she hoped it would be everything I was looking for.  When I came home overwhelmed and exhausted, it made me think about exactly what I wanted from my upcoming holiday to Scotland.  I had an idea of greenery and wide open spaces, lazy afternoons reading books while I looked out on to the loch* and visiting places steeped in history.  My boss had a good old laugh at that as the week we were up in Scotland was meant to be rainy, cold and grey and to top it all off, it was midge season.

I am more than pleased to say that I got my wish and we had a full week of the most incredible late summer weather topped up with a life affirming dose of greenery, blue skies and incredible nature.

Now I know that other people’s nature photographs can seem a bit boring sometimes but I hope you’ll enjoy taking this photo walk with me.  This is a walk I took around Loch Monzievaird on the first afternoon after we arrived.  It took 75 minutes and the closest word I can find to describe the experience would be exhilarating. 

Our cabin, Loch Monzievaird

Before I embarked on my walk, I took a look back up to the cabin.  Doesn’t it just look like the archetypal holiday cabin in the woods?

Tree Skeleton, Loch Monzievaird

Macro bee photo, Loch Monzievaird

Macro flower photo, Loch Monzievaird

I tried macro photography for the first time this holiday.  I did not realise how very hard it is and the two photos above are the only ones out of quite a few that came out reasonably well.  It makes me appreciate all of your macro shots so much more now!

View of the loch, Loch Monzievaird

I think it is pretty safe to say that I will never, ever in a hundred years tire of this view (and that I will be back to visit Loch Monzievaird).

Derelict hut, Loch Monzievaird

Inside the Derelict Hut, Loch Monzievairdd

I walked up a little hill and saw this ancient structure standing on it.  It looked like it was only about 15 feet by 10 feet in diameter.  We think it might have been where they lead their sheep at night.  The sheep would have stayed in the bottom and the men would have slept a level above them, benefitting from the warmth that the sheep would have emitted. It looks like wooden beams would have run into the wall in the third photo above and that was shot at an upwards angle.  Although crumbling at the top, it does look like there were some defensive structures built in and that would have been protection from marauders.  Due to the precarious state of the building, entry was prohibited but I’m sure you’ll be pleased to know that I had a run in with some stinging nettle in order to get you these photos.

Steps leading down from Shepherd's Hut, Loch Monzievaird

The Forest at Loch Monzievaird

Loch Monzievaird

I was quite enchanted to see how these stairs above seemed to disappear into nothing but lush, green forest.  It was really beautiful and green and abundant in the forest and soon I arrived again at the water's edge. 

The Forest, Loch Monzievaird

I soon came to a fork in the path and decided to go right, along the path that was less travelled. 

Derelict House, Loch Monzievaird

Fence, Loch Monzievaird

It was a good decision as the path went back into the woods.  I soon came upon a tumbled-down house and a fence.

Fallen Tree on House, Loch Monzievaird

Destroyed House, Loch Monzievaird

This massive tree had obviously fallen down on the house one stormy night as it looked like it had been quite intact before the incident with the tree.

Meadow, Loch Monzievaird

By now, I was on the other side of the loch and all of a sudden, I was in a meadow.

Meadow, Loch Monzievaird

Sky, Loch Monzievaird

Meadow, Loch Monzievaird

Laugh, if you will, but I totally had an Edward and Bella** moment and laid back in the meadow watching the clouds go by for a good quarter of an hour.

Path Along Loch Monzievaird

Back on the path, I just loved how the edges of the path was dotted with little yellow flowers (you might need to click on the photo to see them).

Fallen Tree Trunk, Loch Monzievaird

Tree Skeleton, Loch Monzievaird

View Across the Loch, Loch Monzievaird

I clowned around on those tree skeletons for a while, as I phoned Stephen and asked him if he could see me.  He made me jump up and down for quite a while before owning up that yes, he could see me very clearly.

The loch at Loch Monzievaird

All too soon, I was on the other side of the loch. Just right of centre in the photo above are the tree skeletons.

Stream, Loch Monzievaird

Then all that was left to do was to hop over the stream next to my cabin and then I was back ‘home’ again.  What a fabulous walk!  If you have ever been thinking of visiting Scotland, do not delay!

* Loch is the Irish and Scottish Gaelic term for a lake or a sea inlet.
** Twilight reference for non-Twilight readers.