Far away from a city where I live in, where people now are trapped in concrete flats, there is a small wooden hut, a shepherd’s shelter. It has been here for a while, but no one uses at this time. It could be a safe haven for someone, a comfort, a freedom from life in quarantine that we now are living in – in the days of virus that trapped us. This small cottage could be a dream to come back to, something that we, not so long ago, run away from.
– Natasa Nikolic
While we were crossing long and straight muddy road across the fields, we saw shapes of the ancient object that we were looking for. It was such a blessing moment, in the middle of nowhere, to spot a heard of deer jumping and running in the distance near the lonely building. It was so fantastic, that for a second it seemed as a dream: the low sunlight, animals and the remains of the monastery.
We wondered how it is possible for a whole settlement to disappear, who were the people and monks that once lived here, built here, had customs that we do not know noting of. The only witness of generations of people that formed a settlement called Araca are these bricks, formed in marvelous structure that is breathtaking, stunning and grievous in the same time.
But to be there and to feel the atmosphere and bread the clear air of times gone by and just about to grow plants in fields was freedom and pleasure that will remain in our memories.
– photos Tamara Markovic, text Milica Tanasijevic
No, no, it is not Tuscany, though the resemblance is undeniable. It is Istria, an astonishing peninsula that found a place in my heart long time ago. This piece of land is so thrilling that months are needed to travel around it. I enjoy it with my family every year fully. It is peaceful yet exciting with magnificent heritage colours and nature that give me thrills and sometimes I don’t know which way to look firstly. Oh my, just have to explore it again and again!
– Ivana Crnogorac
Is it real, or is it a place from fairytales, where fairies and elves dance and share wisdom of life among the clear sky? What is the secret of these old olive groves? Will we ever know?
How old are these trees and how old are these terraces built in dry-wall technique? This place is reminds me of everything that is good, of wisdom, love, dignity, beauty, persistence and hard work.
– Tatjana Koprivica
Those that you will not spend alone will be broken into pieces anyhow”,
Tarafah ibn al Abd’s rhyme floats through my mind while I hide from summer sun in the shade of the Painted Mosque and enjoy beautiful decorated walls.
– Aleksandar Elenin
Veli Iž is an island in Croatia with impressively rich heritage in drywalls. Particularly inspiring is the sightseeing of the dry-wall, which after the First World War, was built by gay from Veli Iž by the surname Marat. Unfortunately, very little is known about Marat because he did not leave direct descendants, and his living relatives and elderly locals do not even remember his baptismal names... but, as little as it is knows about him is enough to tell tragic and sad story about this man: Marat had a wife and a little daughter when he was recruited into the Austro-Hungarian army during the First World War. While he was in the battlefields his young daughter passed away, and his wife suffered a lot and ended her life in a mental hospital. Marat returned from the war without one hand ... and as people already know how to be cruel, they were found his nickname Single-handed... And, our Marat, this Single-handed, despite everything that touched him and despite his physical handicap, embraced the stone and built the best and most beautiful dry dry-walls ever constructed on this island... There has long been no Marat, but the most beautiful memories of him are the dry-walls that he left behind and which nobody has surpassed yet, and, let's not forget, the island of Veli Iž is full of all kinds of dry-walls...
...and these two gays are local craftsmen: Mirko Sutlovic (dry-wall craftsman) and Predrag Petrovic (pottery craftsman) - they are the only followers of the centuries-old tradition of these crafts here at the island of Iž, for the time being, until kids trained in our workshops grow up...
Tito spent six months in his summer residence. At Brioni, Tito had his own private zoo, watched movies, received actors and drove his Cadillac Eldorado.
Brioni was visited by over 90 citizens and here he officially founded the Non-Aligned Movement with Nehru and Naser's Bririan Declaration.
– Ivana Perunicic
The Bazaar in Skopje consists of two thousand, one hundred and fifty shops. There are big and small markets built of solid material and embellished with arches and domes. The most beautiful amon them are those of cotton fabric merchants, the silk fabric merchants, the umbrella makers, the slipper makers, the paint sellers and small cap makers. These are big bazaars built according to a plan. Their alleyways are clean and cobbled. Each shop is adorned with hyacinths, violets, roses, winter roses, basil, lilacs and lilies in vases and flowerpots. Their smell simply intoxicates the visitors and merchants. There are educated and very honest people here. In the summer heat all of Skopje Market resembles the cool places of Baghdad, because each of its bazaar is covered with shutters like those in Sarajevo and Aleppo.
– Evliya Celebi, Turkish travel writer, 17th century