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May 22, 2019 - Osijek to Vukovar (Croatia)

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 Travelling from Osijek to Vukovar; Another early morning. We left our guesthouse at 8 am in three vehicles: 2 vans and an old model (1970) Mercedes. The Mercedes belongs to our host’s father who had been chartered to help with transporting our group. Our first stop was a war memorial in the Vukovar hospital. Our local guide Matay found it emotionally distressing to go there and even having to translate some of the information. He told us that being there brings up many memories for him. Our tour leader is Serbian...

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Aug 14, 2017 - Vukovar, Croatia

Our only stop in Croatia was at Vukovar, located at the country’s easter border with Serbia. As such, the town was a ground zero for the war between Croatia and Serbia for seven years, from 1991 until 1998. Eighty-five percent of the town was blown up and destroyed, the worst destruction of a European city since WWII. The civilian population fled, unexpectedly so because of the suddenness and intensity of warfare, to wherever they could shelter, e.g., to the nearby Croatian city of Osijek or farther away to relatives in Europe, America, or...

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Apr 28, 2013 - Day 6 - Vukover & Osijek, Croatia

This morning we woke up to a big “RE” out our window (the first few letters of RESTAURANT) which was newly painted on the floating barge that we were tied up to on the shore of the Danube at Vukover, Croatia. It is the biggest river port in Croatia – and just across the river from Serbia – but seemed to be rather small in comparison to some of the other towns we have been to. It was severely damaged during “the War” with Serbia as was the town of Osijek (where we were going for lunch) and both were very depressed with very high unemployment...

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Sep 5, 2012 - A sombre day of remembrance in Vukovar

We left Osijek very early this morning, driving through the drought stricken Croatian countryside to the town of Vukovar. In august 1991 until November of that year, 2000 citizens defended the town from a siege by 60,000 soldiers. The town hospital was deliberately bombed so all care was moved to the basement where 450 medical personnel and patients lived a d worked in intolerable conditions. 16 babies were born. When the town fell, the drunken soldiers took 250 non Serbs to remote location where they were beaten, tortured a d killed, then...

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Jul 24, 2012 - Vukovar, Croatia & Novi Sad, Serbia

Today we docked in Vukovar, Croatia. We signed up for a bike ride rated "5" (the hardest) in the tour guide. Well, they weren't kidding! We bicycled over 25 miles through many villages and lots of fields of grain. There were many hills and on this journey the old adage "what goes up, must come down" did not apply. We definitely went up many more times than we went down. It took us 3 hours to complete ( with some stops, of course) but we all made it safe and sound. We were told that we literally went from one end of Croatia to the other. We...

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Jun 21, 2011 - An afternoon in Croatia

Monday (20th) we went on a walking tour of the city of Vukovar which was totally destroyed only recently. Back in 1991, there was a war between Serbia and Croatia, and Vukovar was the city that was worst hit. It was totally destroyed, and some of the damage is still evident today - 20 years on. Our tour guide explained how the rebuilding program has been assisted by their government, and their were renovations and new buildings going up everywhere. They were/are trying to maintain the traditional architectural style of the era. Our guide...

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Jun 26, 2006 - Croatia - Vukovar

We intended, upon returning to Zagreb from Stuttgart, to drive straight to Novi Sad in northern Serbia. Having thoroughly learnt the Zagreb road system on our first visit (ie we spent hours driving in circles), we were able to navigate our way directly to the freeway to Belgrade. On the freeway we soon observed the amazing phenomena that is German Turks going "home" for summer. There were thousands (really) of German-number plated cars (very) full of Turks, on the main road from Western Europe to Istanbul, heading to Turkey for summer...

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