And the rain returns. . .
Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
129Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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The morning fast train leaving Subotica was a wee bit too early for me (like 6am!), so I took a local one out of town at about 10:30. As the most basic level commuter rail transport, the train itself was more than a little grotty and went at a pretty leisurely. For me personally, that was fine, as it allowed me to catch another hour or two of sleep (stupid Adam Sandler movies on late night cable). But then for some reason the train went on an extended rest stop at Vrbas station, about half-way between Subotica and Novi Sad
First impressions weren't entirely positive - the 20-minute walk from the station is mostly through ugly post-WWII development - but Novi Sad has turned out to be a very pretty city. The conditions could have been better, but there's enough color in the old town to make up for the overwhelmingly grey skies. Like Subotica, it's a distinctly Austro-Hungarian place, with fewer specific must-sees, but a larger historic core to wander through. Oddly, it's split up into a 19th century town on the west bank of the Danube and an older, medieval one on the east bank below the castle. Surrounding the 19th century section - and lining the riverbank - are more modern constructions, most of which are of no interest to the visitor and pretty bland aesthetically. It's a little unusual that they chose to build concrete apartment blocks along the river, detracting from a potentially gorgeous view by way of the castle proper, but it's still a scenic place overall. A couple road bridges cross the river, but further down you can still see the remnants of another bridge evidently destroyed by NATO bombing in 1999.
I decided to splurge on lunch a bit, stopping in at a quaint little restaurant in the old town serving primarily Vojvodina specialities
Anyhow, it's been a nice, if wet, diversion. I've got a train then onwards to Belgrade in about an hour, where I'll be staying for about three nights. It's supposed to be quite an interesting, lively place, so I'm looking forward to checking it out.