Diary entries, always in italics.
Skopje founded by Dardanians. Destroyed by earthquake. Occupied by Turks till 1912. Burned to ground by Austrians. Much destruction, rubble, but rebuilding. Many new pre-fabs. No churches, no bells. 2 or 3 mosques. Long walk before we saw a television antenna. Overnight in Skopje.
Skopje to Belgrade. Shepherd child playing with umbrella, some sleeping in the sun. Men working in hay with wooden hay forks & rakes. Small boys in red shirts, blue pants (short). Stop at motel--pottery from Vranje.
Nis--large agriculture area, wheat. Birthplace of Constantine (Roman Empire)--one of largest cities in Serbia. Old city destroyed in war. Rebuilt. Pretty square with statue & flowers. Soldiers marching. Lovely restaurant. Band played nice music. Meal best we've had. Park Hotel. Rolls & cheese, soup, cole slaw, cucs, pork, kraut, mashed pot., cherry compote (cherries, peaches). Large, clean restrooms.
NOTE: The tragic earthquake in Skopje occurred in July of 1963, killing over 1000 people and leaving an estimated 200,000+ people homeless. The government was re-building the city during our visit, and we were told that the new buildings would be for Communist party members only.