. Lunch was a hectic affair, we ended up with some filo pastry dish filed with meat. I later discovered that this is the popular Serbian lunch and we should probably be eating more of it. The town was filled with fast food joints, just when we needed healthy soup, it wasn't to be. The afternoon ride was great but really tough. One hill we scaled we had local tractor drivers beeping and waving at us either in admiration or mockery (one of the two). The October evening sun was great, there had been a wonderful peacefulness about today. We finally reached Jagodina and with the help of a friendly waiter we ditched the guidebook advice and found a lovely room/appt complete with balcony! It was very comfortable and after a good search for the right restaurant we enjoyed local salad and soup. Feeling very healthy we went back to enjoy the luxury of a TV and indulge in FOX Crime channel.
Breakfast in the massive empty dining room was again delicious - omelettes and Turkish coffee. The sun was shining and walking up the hill to the most beautiful church in Serbia was a great way to start the day. An enormous group of school children were just leaving as we arrived having bought them out of tacky souvenirs. We were really lucky to have the place to ourselves and the mosaics were incredible. The entire inside is covered with religious images taken from famous Serbian frescoes and remade in this church in mosaic in 1910. Apparently 40million tiles were used. Set off in the sunshine through gorgeous autumn coloured forests and fields. Whizzed through 3 miles downhill which was very misleading as the rest of the day was mostly uphill, especially the next 9 miles. Reaching the top of an enormous climb we fueled up on mini croissants, coke and mars bars before getting so cold in the mountain air we had to race on. The Serbian hillsides continued to amaze. The reds, browns and yellows replicated the beauty of King Peters mosaics we had seen earlier in the day