10 August 2015

#944 Belgrade, Serbia

Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans. Serbia is landlocked and borders Hungary to the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Macedonia to the south; and CroatiaBosnia, and Montenegro to the west; it also claims a border with Albania through the disputed territory of Kosovo. The capital of Serbia, Belgrade, is one of the largest cities in Southeast Europe. As of a 2011 census, Serbia (excluding Kosovo) had a total population of 7.2 million.

About some facts written on the postcard:

Nikola Tesla (Serbian CyrillicНикола Тесла; 10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943) was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineermechanical engineerphysicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system.

Emir Kusturica (Serbian CyrillicЕмир Кустурица, born 24 November 1954 in Sarajevo) is a Serbian filmmaker, actor and musician. He has been recognized for several internationally acclaimed feature films, as well as his projects in town-building. He has twice won the Palme d'Or at Cannes (for When Father Was Away on Business and Underground), as well as being named Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Marina Abramović (Serbian Cyrillic: Марина Абрамовић; born November 30, 1946) is a Serbian performance artist based in New York. Her work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind. Active for over three decades, Abramović has been described as the "grandmother of performance art." She pioneered a new notion of identity by bringing in the participation of observers, focusing on "confronting pain, blood, and physical limits of the body."

Novak Djokovic (SerbianNovak Đoković, Новак Ђоковић; born 22 May 1987) is a Serbian professional tennis player who is currently ranked world No. 1 in men's singles tennis by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). He is considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time. He is coached by former German tennis player and Wimbledon champion Boris Becker.

Đeravica or Gjeravica (AlbanianGjeravicaSerbian CyrillicЂеравица) is the second highest mountain peak in the Prokletije mountain range and the Dinaric Alps chain, after Maja Jezercë. It is the highest mountain in Kosov, and the highest mountain of Serbia, according to the view held by the government of Serbia that Kosovo is part of Serbia. It has an elevation of 2,656 m (8,714 ft) above sea level. Đeravica is located in the western part of Kosovo, in the municipality of Deçan.

Pule cheese, or just pule, is a cheese made from the milk of Balkan donkeys from Serbia.

A distinctive dairy product of Serbian cuisine, pule is reportedly the "world's most expensive cheese", fetching 1,000 Euros per kilogram. In September 2013, the cheese was valued by a news source at $600 USD per pound. It is so expensive because of its rarity: there are only about 100 jennies in the landrace of Balkan donkeys that are milked for pule-making, each jenny must be hand-milked thrice daily, it takes 25 litres (6.6 gallons) of milk to create one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cheese, and the cheese is then smoked.

The Guča Tumpet Festival, also known as the Dragačevski Sabor (SerbianДрагачевски сабор or Dragačevo Fair (Fete, Gathering or Assembly), is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, near the city of Čačak, in the Dragačevo region of western Serbia. Guča is a three-hour bus ride from Belgrade.

Thank you, Natalija !

Sent on: July 17, 2015
Received on: August 10, 2015

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