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Day 1

 
It started all over again with our dear friends from Vračar's pensioners association. We heard some new stories. We got some old ones filled up with detail. We met new people. We invited new people. The map is expanding to other boroughs and we did not even go anywhere.





- I think that our polyclinic, my ex, is the most beautiful house in Belgrade. It is in Proleterskih Brigada 57, the best arranged building.
 
That building was a maternity ward before the war. The bomb fell there and a lot of new mothers with babies died. Till today, I think until last year, two men were coming on 6th of April when the bombing happened and laid wreaths of flowers for their dead. City council started bringing wreaths of flowers in recent times and always on the day when that building was put down they bring flowers. I think there isn't any plaque that informs of that event.


 






- There, where is Andricev Venac today, there was a trolleybus stop. Across that trolleybus stop, where there is crossing in Marshal Tito no.5, every day there, Prince Djordje who was eliminated, waited for a trolleybus with his beret, to take him home where he lived. I do not know where he was going, but there was his stop for going home.
 
- He probably went from the Court.
 
- My father, mother, we all knew he was a prince. He was in the hospital in Nis and after the liberation he came here.
 
- He and his wife were healing in Rail hospital, I know it because I was a doctor and worked at the time. 
 
- He was the only aristocrat who did not have the escort and moved freely along the streets of Belgrade and everyone greeted him.
 
- He always wore a black beret. People greeted him, kissed his hands - we, as children went: "Kissing your hand".








-In Skerliceva, right after Nebojsina, across the library you had little bungalow building, which was the house of Djordje Jovanovic, a brother of Paja Jovanovic (a famous painter). That is the house that was empty for a long time because he did not have successors. One day I am coming back from the market and the man is eyeing that house. Behind the house the fig trees grew so much that they went on the street. He is looking at me and asks: "Lady, you live around here?" I say: "I do." He says: "You know, it would be nice for this house to be done up a bit." I say: "You should ask The Centre for protection of monuments because it should be in their jurisdiction." He goes: "Really?" I go: "Yes, there was one famous sculptor." And the house in interesting by the fact that its central part is all in glass, that was his atelier, and above was his flat. On the sides of the building on the facade there are two little niches where there are human figures, that was miniature, but so beautiful and tasteful that it is a tale. In Vracar, especially in that part I lived in, there were mostly little houses and that had its charm. It wasn't like now, that everyone has a lot of money so they have to rise at least half a level bigger building, so we are making stairways rather than a street.






 
- And in the extension of Njegoseva, after the crossing in Beogradska, there we pensioners from the building go, in that part on the left side there were three beautiful private houses in one of which I lived - three there and then our ambassador. They put down al of it and made a military block. That big building from the beginning of our street till the end of Brace Nedica, that is all military building, there were all beautiful family houses with flowers that were put down. I think I was the most beautiful part. That is Njegoseva Street, from Beogradska, it cuts through Beogradska and goes further down via Njegoseva towards the market. There, from the no. 33, 35, 37 were all family houses. That is now a military building and down there are cafes, bookstores and whatever. 





- Ustanicka Street - It starts from here somewhere, from South Boulevard. The top is Sumice that does not exist anymore. Somewhere in the middle of that street there was a supermarket and the end of trolleybus no. 13. Ustanicka no. 60 was the end. There was one among the first cinemas in Belgrade, by Dusanovacka market. That was the end of Belgrade and from there, the street led to Sumice. That was cut down and it is now Konjarnik.



- Do you remember in front of the Parliament in the Street Kneza Milosa there was the wood row. They cut down all of that in front of the Parliament and through all Kneza Milosa Street to make the street wider. We all signed petition, the Council and the Union were strong, but the Government did not listen. There is always some fighter that starts the action, but nothing. That was planned that the street is widening. That was the main vein they widened. I know when the Court was surrounded by the green iron gate. There, on the corner of Dragoslava Jovanovica, there was the gate and the patrol spot. My father-in-law, when he went to Belgrade, goes down there to pray: "Do you know, where my son brought me, to sit in the king's court." He sat on the bench there behind him, the men from this century that was something - to sit in the king's court. After they pulled the gate down and let people to stroll freely.
 
- I liked it, hand on heart, it was beautiful that gate, but we got some widening, space, some better view.




About Bulbulder, jumping over the stream and the highrise for the deserved citizens 

That where I was born, that part of Belgrade is called Slavujev potok, translated in Turkish Bulbulder, der in Turkish means stream, der like Topcider {another part of Belgrade}, bulbul bird is nightingale. That part where I was born is the Street Dimitrija Tucovica that goes from the overpass via Grobljanska to the City Hospital, Cingrina Street that was Bulburder potok. Mum escorts dad to the stream, she throws him shoes and he throws her boots and he goes to work through Mlatisumina ulica, because it was not possible to walk over stream or go over barefoot. Until the gymnasium I was in Sava Mala and then I got married and got the flat in one huge high-rise in Dimitrija Tucovica Street and it is still there. It belongs to the City Council, but I got there as an economist. There lived the late actors Stanislava Pesic, Vlada Popovic, Dragomir Felba, the people that the city wanted to help do they can live. Today, you can be the best actress, but if you do not have money, you will be with your parents and that wasn't the case then.