Novi Sad dramatically welcomes visitors with its formidable fortress and clock tower boasting reversed hour and minute hands. Like so many strategic spots in the region, Novi Sad also has a complicated history. It’s been conquered by the Celts and Romans, Byzantines, Hungarians, Ottomans and Habsburgs. The city’s complex past is reflected in Novi Sad’s eclectic architecture, and well-illustrated by the whimsical windows featured here.
From strolling the grounds of the Petrovaradin Fortress just before sunset, to taking in the city center’s splendid architecture, we spent many pleasant days in Novi Sad, Serbia’s second-largest city.
Other notable memories were created thanks to the special people with whom we crossed paths. At the fresh fruit & vegetable market (Futoška Pijaca), we had fun interacting with vendors selling juicy cherries, strawberries, and veggies. When we mentioned our love of the region’s ajvar condiment to one merchant, she insisted that we return the next day so that she could retrieve a jar of her homemade ajvar from home and then share it with us. We eagerly accepted her offer and found the ajvar, with its blended peppers smoked to perfection, to be some of the best we have had in the Balkans. We were touched by this Novi Sad resident’s gesture as we so often are when meeting locals during our travels.
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