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May 27, 2019 - A Day in Sarajevo

Monday, May 27, 2019 Sarajevo Muhammed was at our pension at 8:30 am with the bus. All of us were ready to start the tour – in the rain! Muhammed told us about the siege of Sarajevo by the Serbian army from July 1992 – 1995. The people in the city were cut off from water, oil, gas, electricity and other daily needs. There was constant shelling and snipers shooting people on the main street from a hill. The people called it: “Sniper Alley”. There was one place in the city where people could go to get two litres of water per day for all their...

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May 25, 2019 - Belgrade to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saturday, May 25, 2019 Belgrade – Sarajevo We left Belgrade at 8:15 am in a private bus. It will be a seven hour drive to Sarajevo. We will have 2 stops: one before the border with Bosnia Herzegovina and one after. The landscape we were driving through is quite flat in Serbia and not long after we entered Bosnia, we were driving through the mountain range that I forgot the name of; some beautiful vistas. We arrived in Sarajevo at 4pm. Because our pension is a Muslim household, we were asked to remove our shoes in the “lobby” and we...

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May 17, 2019 - Bosnia Herzegovina

BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA. Bosnia is the northern area and Herzegovina the south. They became one nation in the 14tth century Sarajevo Bosnia Herzegovina where do I start? We flew in to Sarajevo from Belgrade so the change was abrupt. Sarajevo is smaller than Belgrade with only 400,000 people. We had no preconceived idea about the city other than the war stories from the 1990s. The architectural influence is moorish/austro hungarian and the houses are really charming. A river runs through the old city outside our hotel and the old city has small...

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May 6, 2019 - The Balkans

On Wednesday May 8 we depart Melbourne for Bangkok where we will reacquaint ourselves with a city we visited a lot of years ago. A 3 night stopover and then on to Vienna where we transit to Air Serbia to fly to Belgrade where we join our tour. These countries, Serbia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia,Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia were off our radar in the 70s because they were communist countries and unfriendly to tourists. Then in the 80s we had small children and then their terrible wars of the 90s. So finally we are excited to be able to...

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Jan 17, 2019 - All Good Things Must End

Today is our last full day in Sarajevo before we head home at midday tomorrow. We were all exhausted after two very full on days in Sarajevo and I woke around 8.30 still finding the girls snoozing away as well. It was 10.00 am before we could haul ourselves downstairs for breakfast at a leisurely pace. Around 11.00am we made our way to the assassination site of Franz Ferdinand thinking there was a Museum dedicated to this event. However, once we took a look inside it was really an exhibition about Sarajevo from 1878 to 1918, with only one...

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Jan 16, 2019 - A Day trip to Herzegovina

A really early start for us this morning as we are being collected for a full day tour to Mostar down near Croatia Our driver turned up at 7.50 as we were still trying to cram in our breakfast. Not a problem as we are the only three so it is a personal tour. Got underway couple of minutes after 8.00 and started the trip south. It was quite a mild feeling -9C as we left Sarajevo. Our driver was Samir, a Bosniak, aged 32 and married with one little boy. He is a teacher by profession but those jobs are very hard to find and even harder for him...

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Jan 15, 2019 - Beautiful But Also Tragic Sarajevo

This post may take a while folks so get yourself a cuppa and have a seat. Down to late breakfast and then ready to join our walking tour of Sarajevo. Did not get to see much last night beyond getting some Bosnian Mark money and then finding somewhere for dinner. This morning, in the light of day, we could see a most incredible city as we made our way around with our guide Edin. We were the only 3 taking the tour so it was not rushed at all. Please read the names however you wish, I have no intention of even trying to write them all...

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Jan 14, 2019 - Another New Country for All in Sarajevo

Up at 7 this morning to complete packing, go downstairs for breakfast and be ready for our driver to take us to Bosnia and Herzegovina. It had been raining quite heavily earlier and was still spitting a little as we left Belgrade. Our driver was a nice guy again but we never did quite find out what his name was - his surname was Markovic, that much we did find out. His English was good but occasionally he would put in a "how I say it". Found out he had been married 30 years. They had problems having children and after 20 years and 7...

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Oct 24, 2018 - War tunnel and home hosted dinner

On our last full day in Sarajevo we took our bus out to the airport area where the inhabitants of Sarajevo constructed a tunnel under the runway to smuggle materials and people in and out of the city during the siege in the war of the 90s. Sarajevo is in Bosnia-Herzegovina; during the siege of over 3 years Serbs surrounded the city. Sarajevo sits in a valley surrounded by mountains; it was the home of the Winter Olympics in 1984. In the 90s there was one mountain that the B-H folks controlled; the Serbs surrounded the rest. The UN forces...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Learning and discovery: war in the 90s

Sarajevo is a fascinating city; we began our day with a walking tour with a local guide. Our hotel in the city is the Hotel Europe, the oldest hotel in the city. We are right in the center of town, a block away from where the Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated, the spark that triggered World War 1. Right beside our hotel are ruins from the 16th century. Two blocks away is the east/west marker that shows where cultures meet. To the east is the section of the city influenced by the Ottoman Turks; to the west is the Austrian-Hungarian...

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Sep 28, 2018 - Sarajevo

Our Sarajevo day was exhausting and satisfying. My original inspiration was motivated by World War I; we spent a good part of the day learning about The Siege of Sarajevo in the 1990s; and we concluded our visitations at the eternal flame honoring all of the World War II dead. Before all of that we had a wonderful breakfast buffet that among other things, introduced us to Bosnian coffee, which we enjoyed a lot. It very strong and similar to Turkish coffee. We planned to join a 10:00 walking tour of Old Town Sarajevo. We spent some time...

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Sep 27, 2018 - Moving On!

Dennis’ birthday started out nicely. We left Dubrovnik a little after 9 this morning to go to Mostar then Sarajevo. With three border crossings in our way - Croatia to Bosnia, Bosnia to Croatia, Croatia to Bosnia - we thought it might get rugged, especially after all the other long border crossings we’ve made this trip. Piece of cake all three times. No stop was more than about 15 minutes. Mostar was interesting, The story of the war was and is heartbreaking. It is apparent that in some areas there are still some tensions. The bridge was...

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