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    Vjetrenica Cave- Natural Gem

    by plavajabuka Updated Apr 7, 2014

    Vjetrenica is the largest and most famous cave in Bosnia and Herzegovina, located near village Zavala in Popovo Polje, 80 km southeast from Mostar and 12 km away from the Adriatic coast.

    Groups of tourists visit it in booked and organised travels from March to November.

    At the entrance there is a rock with engraved two drawings typical for the medieval art on tombstones in BiH. Around the entrance are remains of walls of a villa of a Bosnian lord from the Middle Ages.

    The parts of Vjetrenica are:
    Tourist part of the Main Channel
    Lower Vjetrenica
    Absolonov and Radovanovićev Channel
    The Main Channel
    Big Lake
    Hidden Main Channel

    The total length of discovered channels is about 6,230m, which about 500m is walkable and illuminated( walking tour takes about one hour). The cave has many corridors, halls, lakes and waterfalls as well as a multitude of tiny animal species adapted to life in the underworld.The Big Lake is the longest( about 180m) where numerous endemic species have found their home. It is the richest cave in the world in terms of subterranean biodiversity. Main channel of the cave cuts 2,5 km deep into the earth and could stretch right to the Adriatic Sea.

    A strong wind at the entrance and a flow of air in a few places in the interior are significant for this cave.
    The first 200m ceiling is lower than the average height of a man. It is the length of the first three halls. The first and second hall are connected with "Vrata", a natural round hole in the rocks created by grinding watercourses. On the right side of the third hall is Vilino gumno-the Fairy Floor. Then the trail passes by the first major assemblage of calcite, Nakapni stupci- columns. From that part the ceiling rises and on the left is the entrance to the lower parts of Vjetrenica (Lower Vjetrenica, which is outside the visits to protect the fauna). The trail then passes through a hundred meters of Pjati, that leads to the Golden Hall, the left blind channel covered with calcite . The main channel continues into Veliki saljev, Niski kanal i Treće kalcitno jezero. Behind it is a collection of stalagmites called the Turkish Cemetery. The trail ends at Hajdučki sto.

    Among paleontological findings there is a complete skeleton of a leopard found in 1968 and three other partial are located in the National Museum in Sarajevo. The cave drawings are estimated to be 10.000 years old.

    Vjetrenica is on UNESCO’s list of protected areas in B&H, also National Monument of B&H.

    The internal temperature of air is 11.4 ° C, so it is necessary to wear a hat and gloves in summertime, when the difference between the air in the cave and outside are large.

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    Kravice waterfalls of tuff(sedra)

    by plavajabuka Updated Apr 7, 2014

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    It is on underground river Trebižat; a popular swimming and picnic area during the summer. The best time of year for visiting is during the springtime when the fall is at its fullest and the arid landscape turns a bright green.
    The Trebižat river is the only underground river in Europe which sinks into the ground and emerges again a total of 9 times. This is a river full of travertines, with amazing landscapes and a meandering stream, which waters the surrounding fertile fields, 50 km long from its source in Peć-Mlini to the mouth of the river in Struga. We meet it under nine names: Culuša - Ričina - Brina - Suvaja (Posušje) - Matica - Vrlika (Imotski) - Tihaljina - Mlade - Trebižat (Ljubuški).

    Directions: On the road from Ljubuški to Čapljina, about 10 km to the south

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    The Battle for Wounded

    by plavajabuka Written Apr 7, 2014

    The film" Battle of Neretva" describes events in this battle called also the Fourth enemy offensive. It was filmed in 1969.
    At the beginning of the 1943 the German generals began the plan to destroy partisan units in Yugoslavia. Partisans with the Supreme Command and 4,500 wounded and typhus victims found themselves surrounded by the well-equipped Germans and the whole colaborationist armies in the Neretva valley. In Jablanica partisans needed to cross the river, but Tito ordered to demolish the only bridge over the river to bluff the enemies.In just one night partisans built a temporary bridge next to the fallen and crossed the river.
    On this place students of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sarajevo swear the Hippocratic oath.
    Famous Tito's command : Prozor noćas mora pasti! Prozor must fall tonight! (February 17)

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    Original Bosnian tombstones-Stećak

    by plavajabuka Updated Feb 12, 2014

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    Stečak as an original Bosnian tombstone is the identity card of Bosnia and can be found everywhere inside the borders of the the medieval Bosnia, i.e. in today's Bosnia and neighbouring countries close to our border.

    IN BOSNIA
    RADIMLJA-Stolac
    The necropolis Radimlja is located in the Vidovo polje near Stolac. This is one of the most valuable monuments of the medieval period of BiH. Rich in decoration, relief inscriptions, high quality and the number of specimens is among the most important cemetery tombstones.

    BISKUP- Konjic( Varda)
    KALUFI- Nevesinje
    BORAK (HAN STJENIČKI PLATO) SELO BURATI-Rogatica
    MACULJE-Novi Travnik
    DUGO POLJE(Blidinje) – Jablanica
    GVOZNO-Kalinovik
    GREBNICE-BUNČIĆI U SELU RADMILOVIĆA DUBRAVA – Bileća
    BIJAČA – Ljubuški
    OLOVCI KOD KLADNJA – Kladanj
    MRAMOR U MUSIĆIMA, Olovo
    STARE KUĆE, DONJE BREŠKE, Tuzla
    KUČARIN – DONJE POLJE KOD SELA ŽILIĆI, Goražde
    BOLJUNI, Stolac
    UMOLJANI, Trnovo
    LUBURIĆA POLJE, Sokolac
    POTKUK U BITUNJI, Berkovići
    MRAMORJE U SELU BUĐ, Pale
    SELO BEČANI, Šekovići
    MRAMOR (CRKVINA) U VRBICI, Foča
    ČENGIĆA BARA, Kalinovik
    RAVANJSKA VRATA, Kupres

    OUTSIDE OF BOSNIA- inside the borders of medieval Bosnia
    Near Dubrovnik and other parts of croatia
    in Montenegro
    in Serbia

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    Charter of Bosnian Ban Kulin

    by plavajabuka Updated Dec 18, 2013

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    Charter of Bosnian Ban Kulin was written in August 29 1189 in old Bosnian language and Bosnian alphabet bosančica. This document is not only ever found the oldest preserved Bosnian state document, but also one of the oldest state document of all South Slavic peoples and states.The Charter is a trade agreement between Bosnia and Dubrovnik, and as such is considered a "birth certificate" of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
    In this contract ban Kulin promises to prince Krvaš and '' all good people of Dubrovnik" full freedom of movement and trading across his country. It is the first diplomatic document written in the local language and as such deserves the attention of linguists and historians.
    Two copies are preserved in Dubrovnik and the third copy was stolen in the 19th century, now in the possession of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Arts in St. Petersburg, Russia. Many believe that it is original among the known specimens. BiH has made ​​a request for its return, but Russia has refused it.

    Our VT-ers will have a chance to see it in the10th official Euromeeting in St. Petersburg 2014.

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    Messing About on the River .. Bihac

    by Cockleshell Written Nov 9, 2013

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    Bihac has quite a unique feel. Relaxed and easy going cosmopolitan atmosphere with many green spaces. It reminded me of towns I'd visited in New Zealand. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here. The River area is especially scenic. It's a world class rafting centre with fast rapids and water so blue .. nice!

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    Great pub

    by Cockleshell Updated Nov 7, 2013

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    My favourite pub in Sarajevo has to be the Old Brewery Pub. It's like stepping back in time. Live piano music with singer add to the atmosphere of this great place. Very comfortable interior on various levels. I especially liked the painted walls. I would love to bring all my friends here one day. oh and the beer is pretty good too!

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    After Dark

    by Cockleshell Written Nov 7, 2013

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    I really enjoyed visiting Travnik. It has an authentic 'lived in' feel. Traffic is prohibited in the centre of the town during the evening. It was nice to see local people walking, shopping and socialising. There are many places to eat. You cannot leave Travnik without trying the local cheese ..it won't disappoint and then there's the fish dishes .. and then the ice-cream...all totally scrumptious.

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    Bobovac

    by plavajabuka Written Nov 6, 2013

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    Above the mouth of the river Mijakovske into Bukovica, southwest of Vareš, was the best fortified medieval Bosnian town. Its founder was ban Stjepan II Kotromanić, the town was first time mention in written documents in 1349. There was kept the Bosnian royal crown. In its temple were buried three Bosnian kings: Stjepan Ostoja, Tvrtko II of Bosnia and Stjepan Tomašević. The Ottomans besieged it on May 19th and won in May the 21st 1463 in three days of fighting. It also says that the prince Radak betrayed the country and handed the town over to the Ottomans, who executed him after surrendering .
    Rapid decline of Bobovac, which is believed to be able to withstand a two-year siege, surprised king Stjepan Tomašević and prevented him to amass an army and get foreign aid. Therefore, the crew of Visoki and some other towns surrendered without a fight.
    Royal tempel is reconstructed by some unapproved methods so that its value is impaired.

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    Gradina

    by plavajabuka Updated Nov 5, 2013

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    Old Town Srebrenik or Fort Srebrenik was mentioned since 1333, when the ruler of Bosnia Ban Stjepan Kotromanić signed a memorandum with the Dubrovnik Republic.
    It is one of the best preserved fortresses from the Middle Ages in Bosnia and was home to the Bosnian Ban Stephen Kotromanić until his death in 1353.
    From the highest tower there is a magnificent view of the fertile valley. On the other side of the castle hill-fort are the mountains Ozren and Majevica.
    A trip to Gradina is 7 km long from town Srebrenik , which you can reach also by car.

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    When in Sarajevo ...

    by Cockleshell Updated Oct 26, 2013

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    You will not fail to be moved when walking through the gravestones which seem to go on forever winding their way up the hill. It's so sad but If you miss this you have not taken Sarajevo to your heart. "We must never forget" (as inscribed on various stones) The view from the top soothes somewhat and will make you smile again. Sarajevo... When you get kicked in the shins and knocked to the ground ... get up and score the next goal ! .. and celebrate once again.

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    A Stunning Waterfall

    by Cockleshell Updated Oct 24, 2013

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    You cannot miss this most beautiful waterfall in Jajce. It practically flows through the town itself. There are various viewing points and you can get really close to the falls. Be prepared to get soaked if you brave the lower platform... (you'll dry out .. eventually!)

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    One Very Famous Bridge

    by Cockleshell Updated Oct 22, 2013

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    Okay, so Mostar Bridge isn't quite the bridge it was before it was bombed during the troubles but I can only praise every single person that played a part in the rebuilding of this landmark crossing of the Neretva river. A fantastic job. And so once again the picturesque Stari Most stands proud and oozes character.

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    Take an Early Morning Walk

    by Cockleshell Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    I love seeing places as the sun rises and this gives me the added bonus of having the place all to myself. (well, me and my partner in crime!) I enjoyed my early morning walk around Mostar... so quiet ... but with no audience I wasn't tempted to jump off the bridge!

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    Interesting Houses

    by Cockleshell Written Oct 12, 2013

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    I should return in Winter to check out how effective this roof design is at preventing the house from collapsing under the weight of snow... well, it seems to have survived so far.. and long may it continue ... really nice traditional house.

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