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Congress 2019 Serbia
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Our Congress Start
Our Congress started with us being met at Belgrade Airport and driven to our hotel, The Crown Plaza, a very good hotel with very helpful staff and good food.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Tuesday
Tuesday was Registration day where we met old friends and made new ones, including Bill and Judy from Canada, who had only just heard about the international. First Heads of Delegations meeting.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Our Congress Start
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Wednesday
On Wednesday we visited the Military Crystal Hall for the opening ceremony followed by cocktails and lots of photos. Heads of Delegations alongside their flags and the rest of us.Also visited the Military Museum and Victory Monument. This was followed by lunch at the “Amphora Restaurant”. Lots of good food and wine.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Thursday
Thursday saw us travelling to Novi Sad Petrovaradin Fortress and Museum. Tried for a group photo but it was very windy.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Thursday
Back on the buses for a visit to Sremski Karlovei, a cultural, political and religious centre for Serbia. Walked round the orthodox church and visited the Bajilo wine cellar. The cellar is owned by an ex submariner and he provided all the wine for the congress.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Thursday
An excellent lunch was provided by the “Danube Restaurant”, and a good sing by the Russians.Then it was back to the hotel for some free time before dinner at the “Yugoslavia Hotel” followed by a firework display.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Friday
Friday was a very busy day, with visits to Tito’s tomb and museum. Then onto St. Sava church, where a choir sang for us. The church is being rebuilt so only the crypt was open, but it was very beautiful.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Friday
At Friendship Park we were awarded the great honour of planting a tree. Planting trees in this park is usually reserved for visiting heads of state, so it was a real honour. This was followed by lunch, then back to the hotel for a heads of delegation meeting and to prepare for the closing ceremony and dinner. The closing ceremony took place in the “Atlantic Restaurant” with a gala dinner, a good band, 2 very good singers and a troupe of Serbian dancers. The usual presentations were made and were followed by dancing.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Friday
The closing ceremony took place in the “Atlantic Restaurant” with a gala dinner, a good band, 2 very good singers and a troupe of Serbian dancers. The usual presentations were made and were followed by dancing and the handing over of the column to Sweden who will host the next congress.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Last Day
On our last day we travelled to Avala Mountain, the highest point in the Belgrade area. We visited the Monument to Hero’s, then back on the buses to Belgrade for a boat trip on the river, lunch and a wreath laying ceremony.
2019 May ISA 56th Congress Last Day
This congress was very enjoyable, very relaxed and didn’t involve too much rushing around although we did have to do quite a lot of walking, which proved too much for some of the less able participants. All things considered the congress was a big success.