I wrote in the Sunday Globe about a television crew from Belgrade, in Serbia, that is filming a documentary series about the four American towns named Belgrade. Here's a link to the article.
A couple of readers asked, appropriately, why we only ran a locator map showing Belgrade Avenue, in the Roslindale section of Boston where the crew filmed their final shots -- without a locator map of the actual Belgrade. As one reader noted, the story quoted director Miodrag Kolaric as saying that only 10 percent of Americans knew anything about Belgrade. So why miss this opportunity to help?
So, thanks to Google maps, here's where the original Belgrade sits, at the confluence of the Danube and Sava Rivers, built on one of the earliest sites of European civilization, dating to thousands of years before Christ, and founded in the third century BC. As reader Olga Rakich said, Belgrade is "medieval, dramatic, romantic, and tragic all at once. Very cool."
And you can pan in and out to see Serbia in a larger map of Europe -- and in relation to the United States. Hey, and why not, here's a map showing the four American Belgrades as well as the Boston avenue of that name. But Google refuses to give driving directions from the American Belgrades to the Serbian capital.....
Finally, there's always Google Earth for a snapshot of Belgrade from the sky -- and you can fly from one Belgrade to another in an instant.
About this blog
About James F. SmithJim Smith came home to his native Boston in 2002 to become the Boston Globe's foreign editor after spending 22 years abroad. He was previously based in Buenos Aires and Mexico City for the LA Times, and in Johannesburg, Tokyo and The Hague for the AP. In 2007 he became the Globe's national political editor, coordinating presidential campaign coverage. He is a Yale graduate, and has an MBA. He is married to Maxine Hart and has two sons, Matthew and Daniel.
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