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Published: August 31st 2010
Day 10-Vukovar, Croatia
We woke this morning docked in the city of Vukovar. Like most Americans, I don’t think I have ever heard of this town. But it was significant in the early days of the split up of Yugoslavia.
As I mentioned in the previous blog, the communist leader Tito died in 1980. Over the next ten years Yugoslavia continued to exist but the old divisions grew each year. By 1989 some of the parts, like Slovenia, started to declare their independence. By now, Serbia was controlling the military and made it a mostly Serb army.
Many Serbs were living in Croatia and when they started a move towards independence the military was ordered into the country to “protect” them. Only, it seems that it was only about power and control. Anyway, this little town was under siege for three months with daily shelling from the army. The town was leveled.
Everywhere we walked we could see buildings still abandoned and destroyed. We even saw a farm that was being de-mined. There are still places that are restricted.
The highlight of this stop was a lunch at the home of family that lived through
Note the damage that this odd shaped water tower had. One large section was missing.
all of this. The home was located in a new neighborhood that was established to bring unity in the city. There were a dozen of us at the house. The woman there was very nice and spoke good English. The food and wine was good too.
That evening we were entertained on the ship with a local band. I thought they were very good.
Tomorrow we leave Croatia and sail into Hungary. The first stop is the Kalocsa, the home of paprika. Now that should be fun….
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