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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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)
BORAK (HAN STJENIČKI PLATO) SELO BURATI-Rogatica
DUGO POLJE(Blidinje) – Jablanica
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
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
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
A thirty minute walk uphill from Jajce on a warm and clear September day took me to the edge of Pliva Lakes and this is where I spent the next few hours. ... I cannot find words to describe ... water as smooth and dark as silk .. suddenly cascaded into star-filled waterfalls of white and hurried into the lake below.. what amazing colours .. I wanted to stay forever. A magical place.
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.It is preserved in three copies: two in Dubrovnik and the third copy was stolen in the 19th century, is 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.
Travnik Castle has been carefully restored and is well worth the walk up the hill through the old town. There is an interesting museum inside (the photo exhibition was excellent) There are fabulous views of the town and the surrounding hills and beyond.. it's beautiful.
I don't know why but I have a thing about doors. I got up early in the morning before most tourists (and locals!) arrived in order to capture these beautiful doors. A lovely addition to my portfolio of interesting ornate doors. So my tip is ... don't just look at the shop merchandise .. check out them doors too.
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