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Hi! I'm Elena! Welcome to my travel blog Creativelena.com.
For me, it is all about “life-seeing instead of sightseeing”: Join me as I create, eat & live my way around the world. Curious?

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Creative Culture Trip through Serbia: Wine, Ceramics, Monasteries & mighty Churches.

This past autumn, I already found Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia, to be really cool & creative. Turns out I found it to be even more so on this second trip to Serbia, last but not least because of meeting talented local artist Lazar Rančić.

Lazar runs his nice little atelier “Skola Keramike” in the backyard of a busy main street in Belgrade. He is truly happy in teaching his creative activity, and sharing his passion with visitors to his city. Inspired by the Zlakusa artist colony, located somewhere in the south-west of Serbia, Lazar tells us that his compatriots have been so successful in mixing clay with fine stone that they have produced ceramics which, according to the rules of ceramic artists, should not even exist.

Willkommen bei Lazar Rancic aus Belgrad in Serbien ...

Welcome to the creative studio of Lazar Rančić, one of the most charming ceramic artists I’ve met here in Belgrade, Serbia …

 

... ein lokaler Keramikkünstler, der die Leidenschaft für "guten Ton" nur allzu gerne an Besucher weitergibt ...

… Lazar, who just loves teaching and sharing his passion with creative visitors like us …

 

... und uns von seinen "Vorbildern", den

… and talking to us about his sources of inspiration, the famous potters from Zlakusa in Southern Serbia …

 

... eh wir's uns versehen, sind wir schon mitten beim Fertigen unserer eigenen kleinen Kunstwerke ...

… lovely how in just a little time, our own pieces of art emerge …

 

... dazu

… thank you, Lazar, for even offering to burn our ceramics and gifting them to us before we leave on our next trip!

 

Vielen Dank, lieber Lazar! Bei Dir würde ich jederzeit wieder vorbeischauen.

Check out Lazar’s page at www.skolakeramike.com/kontakt in order to learn more about arranging a workshop for yourself!

 

 

So if after all of this excitement, you are also just looking for a good restaurant in Belgrade, I can recommend “Mayka Restaurant”, a vegetarian-vegan place for their very original decoration as well as their excellent quality of food and drinks.

On tour durch das nächtliche Belgrad ...

On tour through Belgrade at night …

 

... kehren wir im "Mayka" ein ...

… we check out “Mayka” restaurant …

 

... hier gibt es köstliche, vegetarische Burger wie diesen hier ...

… as well as their rather delicious, vegetarian burgers …

 

... auch Serbien's berühmter "Raki"-Schnaps darf zu keiner Tages- und Nachtzeit beim Essen fehlen ...

… don’t ever miss out on a glass of Raki or two (Serbia’s famous brandy served almost everywhere, all the time …!) …

 

... und über das Mayka hinaus lohnt auch das Restaurant Manufaktura ("von Hand gemacht") Euren Besuch:

… and besides Mayka, I can also recommend Manufaktura restaurant (“Manufaktura” = made by hand!) : Shop & eat at the same time …

 

... könnt Ihr hier

… such as typical Serbian winter soups, delicious starters and yummy main courses.

 

Near Belgrad, about an hour or two south of the capital city of Serbia, you can find several more culinary & cultural treasures: The mausoleum of the Karađorđević family in Topola, Tarpos Wine Estate or Ziča Monastery, near Kraljevo.

Check out the following map for locating these travel tips in Serbia:

 

Let’s start with the most powerful of all “gems” that I was able to admire here in Serbia: the mausoleum church and museum of the former royal family of Serbia in Topola. Imagine a church lined with more than 40 million (!) Murano glass stone mosaics inside! It took them seven full years to place only the stones. Incredible, actually. A picture here really says more than a thousand words …

Only royalty, in this case, the Karađorđević family, could commission the building of such an architectural gem ...

Only royalty, in this case, the Karađorđević family of Serbia, could commission the building of such an architectural gem …

 

Hier der Beweis ..!

… made of millions and millions of little mosaic stones ..!

 

Und auch die

Even the crypt, complete with its tomb of kings and queens, is a jewel worth visiting …!

 

Ob Schnee, Regen oder Sonnenschein: Den Besuch des Vermächtnis der Familie Karađorđević dürft Ihr Euch nicht entgehen lassen!

Rain or shine, don’t miss out on this visit to Topola, and the mausoleum of the former Serbian royal family!

 

Zum Aufwärmen bieten sich die Mineralwasser-Thermen des Wellness-Hotel Izvor, im nahe gelegenen Arandjelovac an ...

You can always relax at the nearby Hotel Izvor, in Arandjelovac, famous for its natural mineral springs …

 

... oder aber auch Besuch & Kennenlernen dieses sympathischen Winzers hier ...

… or go visit “Vinarija Tarpoš”, literally Tarpos Wine Estate and local owner Tihomir Timotijević, famous for growing international grape varieties from France or Italy in Serbia …

 

... der neben Verkostungen feine Gerichte im dazugehörigen Weingutsrestaurant anbietet ...

… their tasting meals at the adjacent restaurant are just delicious …

 

... überhaupt finde ich können sich die Weine Serbiens wirklich sehen lassen!

… and I do believe that the wines of Serbia are just waiting to be discovered more and more!

 

Zu guter Letzt findet Ihr mit dem

Last but not least, Ziča monastery should be on your itinerary when planning a culture trip out into the countryside of Serbia …

 

... hier fragt Ihr am besten nach der englischsprachigen Schwester Patricia, die Euch gerne Tür & Tor öffnet ...

… ask for the English-speaking Sister Patricia, who likes to open doors for you …

 

... und Euch ein wenig in die Geheimnisse des serbisch-orthodoxen Klosterlebens einweiht: Begegnungsqualität beim Reisen in Serbien.

… receiving us to little tales of Serbian-Orthodox, monastic life here. The nuns, by the way, also produce delicious liqueurs, juices, and skin care products from their nearby orchards and farms.

 

 

Check out all of my Serbia travel posts and ideas for your next journey here: https://www.creativelena.com/en/travel-blog/europe/serbia. (about skiing in Kopaonik, Belgrade, Novi Sad, as well as visiting Fruška Gora).

Maria and Christina, two of my very talented travel writer friends, have also written and shared about Serbia:

 

Disclaimer: We have been invited on this trip to Kopaonik by the Serbian National Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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