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Aug 9, 2018 - Friday, 3 & 4 July

Dear all, Well moving on. We left Dubrovnik and crossed the border into Serbia. We passed through Mostar where we stopped for lunch and watched young men jump from the top of the bridge into the river below. The river temperature is always between 7-11'C and the temperature for the day was 30'C . They apparently have regular medical checkups and have to have a cold shower to try to adjust their body temperature to the water temperature before they jump. The hustle for money to "pay" them to jump. When we reached Sarajevo, capital of...

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Jul 19, 2018 - Sarajevo, Day 3

The free trip journal will let me upload 150 pictures. The pictures attached take me to that number. So, I guess I’m finished uploading pictures for this blog. That’s OK. In a few hours, I head to the Sarajevo airport to fly back to Paris. I will spend the night at the airport hotel and try to stand by for a flight to Dallas. My Dad has improved as I have been traveling, but I am still anxious to see him and Mom. Besides, I had planned to be spending the next couple of weeks with them in Europe and then a cruise to New York. Not as much fun...

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PK to Europe 2018

Jul 17, 2018 - Sarajevo, Day 2

When the Ottoman controlled Sarajevo, Turkish baths were built all over the city. I suppose the days of Yugoslavia, all such things closed and abandoned. However, one hotel that had an old Hamam has reopened its bath. While it is largely for their guests, they have opened it to the public. So, I decided to give it a try. Turkish baths are pretty modest affairs. At the desk, they told me I could wear my swim trunks or they could give me a Turkish wrap which is used in the hamams in Turkey. Since I had gotten their without a swimsuit, I opted...

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PK to Europe 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - France—Germany—Bosnia

Sunday was the finals of the World Cup—France v. Croatia. I must admit, I was a bit torn because I have a Croatia football jersey at home. It is a reminder of the night Jason Odom and I were in the tiny Eastern European city of Zagreb. There was only one thing in town to do that night. Go to the town square and watch Croatia play Austria on a jumbo screen in a qualifying match for the World Cup almost a decade ago. I have called myself a Croatian football fan ever since. And yet, here we were in France with the whole country celebrating...

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PK to Europe 2018

Oct 3, 2017 - Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

My bus from Mostar to Sarajevo left at 9 AM and it was a fairly windy road through a mountainous region. Mostar is a city in the valley of very bare mountains. But as we got more towards Sarajevo, the mountains bloomed above and were complete with conifers. My host had her father pick me up at the bus station and he spoke no English so he did not speak to me the entire ride. Lol. My studio was a very nice bright and airy and cheerful place in a residential area, complete with its own Terrace. I got settled in and headed out for the old town...

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May 25, 2017 - Sarajevo

This morning after breakfast we meet for a group tour of the tunnel of life, or as some people call it the tunnel of Hope. during the war which started in 1992 this tunnel was built to get supplies into the city. The city of Sarajevo was totally besieged for 1425 days one of the longest times in recent history , the tunnel was 800 meters long 1.5 meters high and 1 meter wide, a average of 3000 people carried supplies through the tunnels day and went under the airport run way. A stop at the site of the winter games of 1984, we get walk down...

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May 24, 2017 - on the road to Bosnia

After Breakfast we meet our group in the lobby and get on a small private bus that takes us to Sarajevo, this is a trip of 8 hours with a couple bathroom breaks and hour stop for some lunch, Plus time at the boarder of Serbia for passport check then again when we get to the boarder of Bosnia and Herzegovina, this makes number 67 with more to go. We get to our hotel about 4:00 pm lucky that the rain had slowed down to just a little bit as we had a short walk to the hotel, the streets are to small even for a small bus. After getting checked...

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Apr 25, 2016 - Sarajevo

Second day in Sarajevo. Had a city tour yesterday. Saw City Hall, the first electric lamp in Europe, Sarajevo roses - places where bombs hit painted red, an eternal flame honoring the lives lost in WWII. We also stopped at a cheese market and sampled the local cheeses - very good! We walked around the old town which used to be the center of trade and had 70,000 shopkeepers back in the 16th century. It is still a shopping area its local items (which a lot resemble Turkish items exactly!)! Went to the tunnels that were built during the war in...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Bosnia Herzegovina

Traveled to Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Driving along the coastline - very hilly and rocky and almost no sand, but very beautiful. Stopped in Mostar a city established in the late 15th century. Destroyed in 1993 during the breakup of former Yugoslavia and restored in 2004 and now a UNESCO world heritage site. The bridge there spanned the Nevetra River which divided the town into Muslim and Croatian sections. Arrived Sarajevo and had a typical Bosnian meal. Ground beef sausages in pita like bread with cheese and pepper spread,...

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Apr 6, 2016 - Bus to Sarajevo

4/6 Easy local bus just outside old town - 1A, 1B, 3, or 8 - to bus station. Although the very helpful gal at the tourist office said to plan on 20 minutes to half hour depending on traffic to get there, it took just 10 minutes so we were there by 7 a.m. Made me happy, ha! Tickets to Sarajevo 185 Kuna ($25 US) plus 10 Kuna each to put our pack under the bus (first time we've had to pay for this!). Ride was pleasant along the coast as far as Neum-Korcula (see photos). Weather clear, coastal waters very calm. Turning inland over some...

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Oct 17, 2014 - An accident waiting to happen -June 28th 1914

And so, at last, we embarked on our Assassination Tour, with, we were promised, the best guide in the business, fresh from his day off, and so he proved to be. Mohammed was a mine of information providing a detailed geopolitical background to the events in 1914, starting with the Balkan history in the thirteenth century, through tho long Ottoman period and the purchase of Bosnia from Turkey by Austria following the Berlin Treaty of 1878 when the European super powers carved up the world between them and sowed the seeds of the Great War. We...

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Oct 16, 2014 - What a sad place

The twentieth century started and ended badly in Sarajevo, from the shooting of crown prince Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28th 1914 to the 1,425 day siege of the city by Bosnian Serbs from 1992 to 1995, reducing the population to starvation, cold and a permanent risk of death. They ended up burning floorboards, car tyres and even books as well as any standing tree to fight off the bitter winter months. The landmarks of this period are everywhere, from war damaged buildings to vast cemeteries covering whole hillsides in every...

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