In this week’s round-up of our ‘photo a day project’, we arrive in Bosnia and Herzegovina without any prior research, opting for the exhilaration of discovering the wonders as they come along.
It's funny how the places you hadn't really contemplated visiting in the past, often end up topping your travel experiences list. Over the course of coming posts, we hope to show you why Bosnia & Herzegovina should be on yours too.
For now, here's a little taste of what this beautiful country has to offer!
June 30th 2014. Stunning Sarajevo! We often pour praise on the places we visit but from what we've seen and experienced of Sarajevo so far, we sense it's going to be exceptional.
July 1st 2014. Breaking fast. Signalling the end of fast for the day in Sarajevo, where the majority of the population is Muslim, involves fireworks being shot out of a cannon, lots of food and a wonderful sunset.
July 2nd 2014. Sniper Alley Then & Now. Walking around Sarajevo, you can not help but notice the bullet and shrapnel damaged buildings, remnants of the Bosnian War.
B&W photo credit: Tom Stoddart
July 3rd 2014. Tunnel HQ. A visit to the Sarajevo War Tunnel that undoubtedly saved thousands of lives, by allowing much needed supplies and reinforcement to enter the city during the almost 4 year siege of Sarajevo, is a must on any Bosnian itinerary. The secret 800m tunnel was dug under the UN controlled airport, starting beneath this donated house and ending at a mine in the free zone.
July 4th 2014. Old Bridge. If you do an image search for “world's most beautiful old bridge”, Mostar's Stari Most will appear in almost every result. And it's easy to see why! For the adrenalin junkies among us, for a fee of €25 you can also dive off it into the crystal clear waters of the Neretva River below. Would you dare?
July 5th 2014. Blagaj Tekke. A UNESCO nominated town, a 16th century monastery built at the base of towering cliffs and one of Europe's largest fresh water springs, was the impressive backdrop we had for lunch today. It doesn't get much better. :)
July 6th 2014. Kravice Falls. There's nothing like a refreshing shower at the end of a long and sweltering day of sightseeing to replenish the reserves. Also helps that the “shower” is Bosnia and Herzegovina's most stunning waterfall. Have you ever bathed in a waterfall?