Bosnia and Herzegovina

Originally my wife and I had looked into doing a tour of the Western Balkans but ended up deciding to do it ourselves. After nearly a week in Croatia, we hopped a public bus into Bosnia and Herzegovina. One slight problem with our plan: Neither the driver nor any passengers spoke any English, so we never knew how long any stop was for and subsequently ended up arriving in Sarajevo beyond starving. Fortunately, a friendly hotel receptionist showed us the way to a nearby restaurant, where we devoured three main dishes to our waiters surprise.

After Bosnia and Herzegovina declared independence from Yugoslavia, the town was subject to an 18-month siege.

A beautiful medieval town built on a hill that dominates the riverbed of the Neretva River.

Due to its long and rich history of religious and cultural variety, Sarajevo was sometimes called the “Jerusalem of the Balkans.”

Back to Europe

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
— Moslih Eddin Saadi

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