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Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo September 25th 2018

After good breakfast, best we've had so far, departed for Mostar. Stopped at border crossing to Bosnia for almost 3/4 hour while checking passports etc. Arrived Mostar about 11am when weather changed, a north wind, really strong then turned cold. Walked to the bridge through market stalls, lots of people. Bridge was very difficult to climb as it was so steep and very windy. Diving had stopped because of wind. Just started to rain so found a restaurant and stopped for lunch, nothing exciting. Didnt find the whole bridge visit that good, too crowded and cold/wet.Really just a tourist trap now. Back to bus in the rain to leave at 2.30pm. Driving around amazing to see the bullet holes still in many buildings, some still abandoned and burnt out. Long drive to Sarajevo Novotel Bristol hotel, ... read more
Bus at our rest stop
Mostar bridge

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo September 21st 2018

We get up and go for breakfast. Hotel Lula is a unique place. I can’t quite decide if the décor is shabby chic or just shabby. The stains on the carpet have almost sold me on shabby, when we descend into the basement dining area. Along one wall is the breakfast buffet. The other 3 walls consist of a fake cottage, a fake woodpile and a fake forest. Running right through the middle; a fake tree. After breakfast we set off to explore Sarajevo. We start at the Yellow Bastion which offers a great view of the city (ie involves a long uphill walk). It’s next to a huge war grave, one of many you can spot from the top of the hill. Next we visit the beautifully restored City Hall with its ornate interior and ... read more
View from the Yellow Bastion
Kovaci graveyard
City Hall

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo September 20th 2018

Today is going to be smelly. We have run out of clean clothes and yesterday’s car troubles put paid to our laundry plans. So we will be driving to Sarajevo with the windows open. 3 things I know about Sarajevo; (1) Franz Ferdinand was assassinated here, an event which sparked World War I, (2) during the Bosnian War the city was under siege for several years and (3) it hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics. This morning entails another scenic mountain drive, much of it along the valley of the beautiful blue-green Neretva River. We stop in Jablanica, site of a WW2 battle where Tito’s Partisan forces took out a railway bridge to thwart the advancing Germans. The bridge still lies upended in the river as a monument to those who fought. On the outskirts of Sarajevo ... read more
Welcome to Jablanica
Neretva River
Battle of Neretva memorial

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo January 3rd 2018

The terrain between the border and Trebinje was unusual there was little sign of habitation and the landscape was rocky and desert like which was certainly unexpected for this part of the world, but soon began to change as we came closer. On the outskirts of town we stopped at a service station for a coffee and to orientate ourselves a little before turning back down the highway and heading back towards the town centre where we took a right rather than the left we should have and ended up back near the service station although the drive through the outskirts of town were scenic. We then headed back to the town centre and headed left which took us to the older part of town where we hoped to find the Arslanagic bridge which fords the ... read more
Arslanagic bridge

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo July 22nd 2017

After our fast departure from Ostrava, we had 5 hours to go to our first stop : Graz in Austria. The road was clear and we only had a little traffic jam but nothing too bad. On the road, Anne checked Graz for hostels but she couldn't find anything. In the end, we found a nice and cheap hotel near the city centre with parking (THE most important feature we wanted) and when we arrived, we saw that it was a wonderful hotel, much more worth than what we had paid. We were really happy, but a hot shower and a nice, comfortable bed were the only things that interested us after ice-cold showers at the camping in Ostrava. We went to the city centre and when we finally found a nice restaurant, we were so ... read more

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 30th 2017

About one year ago my mom heard about Bosnian pyramids which have healing energy tunnels. Then I read on the internet about that pyramids and I found out that they are really interesting and that might be worth to go to Bosnia and see them. And so we went… After a long night drive with not very comfortable bus we finely came to Visoko, 30 km away from the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sarajevo. First we went with our local guide to the hill from where you can see 213 m high hill named Visočica. Amateur archeologist dr. Semir Osmanagić discovered it in year 2005 and named it the Pyramid of the Sun, because of its proper geometry. It was build about 12.000 years ago. In the neighborhood they also found similar pyramids ... read more
The Bosnian valley of the pyramids
The Huesa energy pyramid
Spiral of the purification

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo November 17th 2016

As we got to the bus station and saw all the rusty buses, we thought that it was going to be a very long 2,5h trip... There was one flashier looking bus in the middle of it all and we thought that surely we couldn't be that lucky to get that one? It turned out that yes we were! And soon after we were on our way to Sarajevo. And what a beautiful road that was! As soon as we left Mostar, we started driving through a very scenic river canyon. I wish I could say more about that journey but as soon as Millie fell asleep in my arms, so did I... We woke up half way and the views didn't disappoint from there on either. Driving in between the rocky hills, with some snowy ... read more
One of many Sarajevo roses
Sun setting over Sarajevo
Our little traveller at the bobsleigh tracks

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo » Ilidža August 22nd 2016

Today was occupied with driving from Kotor to Sarajevo. Although it sounds rather mundane, it was in fact a journey of great beauty and pleasure. We had programmed our GPS units to take us through Durmitor National Park, and that trip was magnificent, and somewhat unexpectedly so. We had anticipated mountains but did not know that most of the trip through the park would be on very narrow roads wide enough really for one car but with two-way traffic. Rounding bends with no visibility around the bend was frequently an adventure. But with risks come great rewards. This was one of the most spectacular travel days we have had, and I think by general consensus the best of this trip. The narrow winding road snakes upward to high mountain valleys, meadows, and bowls, punctuated along the ... read more
Japanese beetle on thistle - Durmitor National Park
Durmitor National Park
Tortured rock - Durmitor National Park

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo June 10th 2016

With the sun barely up we shuffled onto the bus, as Zoe and the mammoth continued to doze I sat in awe as the incredible delights of Bosnia’s countryside passed by. Having attempted several photographs to show it’s splendour the speed of travel and the winding roads didn’t allow me to capture it properly. Woolly says – I wasn’t dozing I was thinking! I knew that Jo was excited to be visiting Sarajevo, the capital city and as I joined her in admiring the views along the Miljacka River the wonders just kept coming. It was a stark contrast pulling into a small town and seeing the pockmarked buildings once more. Having seen so much of the troubles and struggles that the city had under gone on the news through out the early 90’s I knew ... read more
Best shots of the views
The Tunnel House
City Hall

Europe » Bosnia & Herzegovina » East » Sarajevo » Ilidža August 12th 2015

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