It’s taken me a long time to post this final post about my visit to Novi Sad. As unbelievably hackneyed as it will sound, I simply didn’t want the sun to set on my Serbian trip.
These photos were taken on my last evening in Novi Sad. I was attending a special event at the Petrovaradin Fortress, which is where the Exit Festival is held each year and was looking out over the river. Looking to the east, I saw the Fruška Gora mountain range over the Dunav river. You might know the more popular name of the Dunav river: the Danube.
That is Liberty Bridge that you can see there in the middle of the photo. It is a cable-stayed bridge that was rebuilt between 2003-2005 following the NATO bombardment of Novi Sad in 1999.
Looking straight ahead, I could see the city of Novi Sad over the river. (You can click on any of the photos for a higher resolution). The prominent spire in most of the photos is the famous catholic church in Trg Slobode (Liberty Square).
My eyes were streaming with tears as I looked straight into the sun to try and take these photos. Seeing this blazing sunset over the Dunav river will possibly remain with me to the end of my days.
To the right of the photo is the Varadin Bridge which was built in 2000, again following the NATO bombardment which specifically targeted bridge among other targets.
I love this photo with the pink-orange sky and the sun peeking out to the right. It absolutely captures my mood at that moment as I realised that I simply had to return to this country and this city. I still intend to return, both to visit my friend Maja and to show it to Stephen but also as part of a bigger goal of extensively travelling across the countries that comprise what was once Yugoslavia. My friend Nina has already begun to scheme with me to visit Croatia in August.
This is the famous clock tower at the Petrovaradin Fortress. It was visible from the river the guide sailors and is distinctive because of its larger hour hand.
Love. That is all I have left to say about the city of Novi Sad.