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Sarajevo, Bosnia

Written on: Tuesday July 1st, 2008

A journal entry from: Europe

It wasn t easy but we pulled ourselves away from the Croatian coast. The weather the past few days has been sunny and very hot. So hot that it became difficult to do anything but lie on the beach. As well summer holidays are starting and the tourists were starting to arrive. The Croatian coast is a wonderful place and I would encourage anyone to check it out.

We headed away from the coast to the land locked country of Bosnia.Again we were here 32 years ago but since that time this tiny litle nation has been subjected to a long and bitter war with its neighbors Serbia and Croatia. Although the country seems to be recovering slowly there are signs of damage everywhere. From bullet scarred buildings to massive graveyards. Our first stop was Mostar a beautiful little town that we had not visited before. Apparently most of the town was damaged when the Croatian army shelled it. Its famous bridge the Stari Most was completely destroyed. Most of the old town has now been rebuilt following ancient plans and it is a lovely place. We are now in the capital city of Sarajevo which was also mostly destroyed during a 3 year siege by the Serbian army. The turkish market place that we remember from so long ago seems unchanged. It is still a great place to enjoy turkish coffee and pastries. Most of the mosques and ancient buildings have been repaired but it is terrible to see the damage that remains in the poorer neighborhoods of appartment blocks on the outskirts of the city. Hiking in the area remains problematic as there land mines everywhere. UN personnel are busy clearing minefields as quickly as possible so I hope in the near future one will be able to experience this lovely country to its full potential.

 

From Sharon on Jul 3rd, 2008

Mostar was the other place I'd wanted to catch - seems like we did miss something there. Brian and Renee had got there and loved it too - Sharon B.