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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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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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