My latest retrospective blog post is a brief overview of the Serbian city of Novi Sad, in Vojvodina. It's a city I've been to twice, both as day trips from Belgrade; it doesn't take too long to get there by train, maybe an hour and a half? It's a pleasant city, with a large central park. Logistically it's an important city, lying both sides of the Danube river as it winds its way from Hungary towards the sea. As such it was a major target in the NATO bombings of 1999, though the bridges were quickly rebuilt without fuss. The main sight in the town is the Petrovaradin Fortress. Standing on a cliff, there's been some kind of fortification here for millenia, but its location overlooking the Danube was most important in the wars between Austria and the Ottoman Empire throughout the pre-Napoleonic era, as it was right on the front line. A battle here in 1716 pretty much stopped Ottoman advance into Central Europe for good. This clock is one of the most notable aspects of the fortress. Look carefully; what do you notice? I guess in this age of digital displays this is less important, but the hands are the wrong way round; the hour hand is bigger. This was so the hour could more easily be seen by local farmers and artisans, so it was clearer to determine roughly what time it was. Do you still have any analogue clocks or watches? Or are you purely digital now?
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you". This photo was taken on the same day as the previous photo, but at the end of the day. I love how the weather in the mountains always changes and is unpredictable.