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Getting there: All major airlines fly from major U.S. cities to Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. From Belgrade it is about 1.5 hours by car to Sabac or about 2 hours to Loznica. Both cities make good starting points for those interested in exploring the region or visiting the monuments of the Battle of Cer.

Booking accommodations is possible through numerous travel agencies, including Panacomp, which specializes in rural tourism: www.panacomp.net. (Click the British flag for English translation.) For a personal guide to Cer battle monuments and other sites in the region, contact Ana Pavlovic in Sabac (063-862-0677). She works with groups or individuals and was recommended by two travel agencies.

WHERE TO STAY near Sabac: The charming Villa Abedo is just minutes from downtown Sabac in the village of Varna (Milosa Pocerca 18, Varna, Sabac 15232, Serbia). The hosts/owners are knowledgeable about the area’s history, spas, monasteries, along with its WWI monuments, history and art. They often host musicians and painters from around the globe for workshops and tourism. All rooms are decorated in ethnic regional styles, and the meals in the huge farmyard are generous. Fees are very reasonable. Search online for TripAdvisor and Sabac.

On CER: During certain months , the mountain hut and dorm at Lipova Voda (Linden Water) provides visitors with food and accommodations at very affordable prices. Before going check availability, as some renovations are underway. From here, visitors can pick up one of several hikes of varying length and difficulty.

What to see nearby: Monasteries in Radovasnica, Petkovica and Cokesina are all accessible by car from Sabac, Varna and Cer. Trip time to each is about 30 minutes on paved roads.

The village of Lipolist has three major rose growers and an ethno village run by the naive painter, Slobodan Topalovic; Monasteries in Radovasnica, Petkovica and Cokesina are all accessible from and within about 30 minutes of Sabac, Varna and Cer.

In Belgrade, several exhibits this summer and autumn are commemorating WWI. They include: Serbian WWI painters of the Impressionist School at the National Museum of Art.  

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