Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts


Another story from Eggtown - Jajce, Bosnia

I had a trip last week to the west of Bosnia. It's simply unavoidable to pass Jajce and not to take a few photos. My favourite spot is a location with dozens of water mills spread on a small waterfalls of Pliva river, which is actually a lake so green that you ask your self whether some million of smaragd jewels placed at the bottom of that lake.

But, those water mills are really always impressive. Sounds of burbling water is so relaxing and calming so your brain is clear as the water under the mills only after few minutes spent here. Grass and forest a just another part of this symphony. Near is car camping location, and if you like it's possible to stay more and get more of it.
This magic is only few minutes of bicycle drive from the centre of Jajce town. It's an old town with a lot of medieval fragments all around the place. Jajce was the last Bosnian medieval capital before Ottomans captured and killed the last Bosnian king there.
Close to centre is the magnificent waterfall, saved by the recent reconstruction, meant to be there for next few centuries. Here is also a place where was proclaimed ex Yugoslav state, during WW2.
Don't miss to visit, it's only 60km from Banja Luka to the south, and some 170km from Sarajevo.


Road to South-East of Bosnia

I love to travel south-east direction from Sarajevo. Not crowded and not so bad road. Beautiful and interesting in any time and season. Well, maybe not so interesting in the winter time, if you are not prepared and if the road is closed.

I prefer to use it in the summer and autumn. In the summer, in the mountains, air is refreshing and a gentle breeze makes you a good mood. In the fall season, colours are incredible and outstanding. You simple forget anything else and makes so many brakes and stops for shooting photos and sometimes this travel take twice needed time.

My favourite breaks are Tjentiste, national park with a great monument from the second world war, Cemerno, the mountain crossing and natural border between continental and Mediterranean climate with a fantastic view to the highest mountain peaks in Bosnia toward state border with Montenegro and Bileca, with an old medieval necropolis, some 30 kilometres before the final stop in Trebinje.
With all these stops and temporary short brakes, you need about 5 hours of very smooth and relaxing drive.

If you come here, take your time and pass this route. Breakfast in Tjentiste, coffee in Bileca and lunch in Trebinje. Don't hurry and take it easy...


The most beautiful river in the world, Una (The One)

I am not sure if there is another so beautiful river in the whole world. Una is simply out of the any competition and She is so unique that once you saw it, always dream about it to see it again. I was there several times and always really want to come back and enjoy the beauty of nature. Not so far Sarajevo, a few hours driving through scenic landscapes of west Bosnia. Even closer from Zagreb, passing Plitvice, Croatian national park.

What is more attractive? Green and turquoise colour of deep and clear water in the river or magical forest canyon miles and miles long. Or maybe all those small waterfalls with sparkling and drinking water? Or song of the nightingales when you are in the flat-water area, feeling like a character from some Strauss or Tchaikovsky waltz. Una is really unique as old Romans said when they first time saw it. The best way to check and see everything is to sit on a rafting boat and simply paddle down the river through rapids and waterfalls. Rest anywhere you like, sleep a while in the boat, drink river water and swim whenever you want.

Only one day is enough to get rest from everyday stress and systematic rush to nowhere. Only there it’s possible to understand how far we are from the true value and figure what we are missing in concrete and asphalt jungle around us. Only there you wake up and recall that you are inhabitant of such a beautiful planet named Earth. Don’t ever forget it! :)


Cows and Colors - Bjelasnica

I love October! There is a part of it called Michael's Summer and it lasts ten days of that beautiful month. You have to be prepared and ready for, 'cause it's easy to miss it. Sometimes you are to early and sometimes is late and Michael's Summer is already left.
But, if your timing is well, then the award is special and unrepeatable. Anyone who loves red, yellow blue and brown will enjoy these ten days, of course if hit right place and right part of the day.
We are again on Bjelasnica olympic mountain, some 30 km from Sarajevo. Weather is nice and warm, elevation about 1000 meters. Near small mountain village, two girls are posing just for me.
These girls knows what is healthy life on a clear air and good vegetarian food.
They have a friend who also decided to pose for me. He perfectly fits to the autumn atmosphere.

Winter is close, so the clouds are in scouting mission, low and quiet, searching the best place for their rest and final mission. In just few weeks snow cover will reach about one meter deep. Nature and residents are ready for it.


Lake above the clouds

Have you ever been above the clouds, but still on the ground?
There is a lake named Prokosko, only 60 km from Sarajevo, in the Vranica mountain. It's central Bosnia, heart of the country and old kingdom of Bosnia. Road is not so fine, but that explain why is this place preserved and so natural.
If you decide to visit it, be prepared for wild and beauty forest, with several streams before you reach the lake at the top.

Lake is with clear, drinking water, with a small village around it. Here is possible to eat some domestic food prepared on a traditional way. Altitude is 1.6 km so the appetite is just great. Meat pie is even better if you drink yogurt from the host pantry.

Hiking is possible in any direction, simply choose you way and enjoy variety of pure and unique environment. With enough luck, maybe it's possible to find some endemics of your own. Plant or insect named by you, you never know!



Green Beard Town - Počitelj

After a long winter I have a special destination to drink my first outdoor coffee in new spring season. Destination is Počitelj, named as "green beard town" by the famous Bosnian writer, Zuko Džumhur.

It's an old town, and exist more than 650 years. More about it find on UNESCO page.
For me, this is the place where I put my imagination on free will. Real time machine!

It's about 150 kilometres from Sarajevo to the south. Don't stop at Mostar for brake, just take all day for Počitelj. Worth every second of your time spent there.

Town is inspiration for many artists, due to unique architecture.
Full of optimistic atmosphere, full of sun and warm welcome from every corner.


Sarajevo - Love

If you want, Sarajevo is a city where you can enjoy everyday in small things. Walks and views are my favourite.
On the top of the old town there is some remains of an old fortress from ottoman period, a white one. Here you find view, distance from the traffic and green grass under your feet. There is a window here. Sometimes I imagine that whole world, past and the future is visible from there
Down there is an old park from Austria-Hungarian time. Once I've heard that city's chakra is exactly here, in that old park. Some kind of good energy, peace and warm feelings are put there together. In the spring, or summer mornings this is nice place to rest and think of nothing.
Love is maybe middle name of this city. Hard to explain, but every corner of Sarajevo reminds on it. Here is enough love for everyone, but people are busy and in a hurry, and don't recognise it. If they would stop just for a second and look to themselves, this place would be the most beautiful in the world.


Sarajevo, different views

You find some beauty in different views on a city of Sarajevo, unusual and kind a funny. For this emotion, you have to be relaxed, maybe a bit sleepy and open with no any idea (open minded :))
An old balcony is not in a sight, but if you are chasing some thoughts and looking for them in highs, here it is!

Drink a coffee nearby, walk on Sunday afternoon, listen for the birds, turn your eyes on the left to check some garden entrances and spot another one: a tree in a walk on the stairways to heaven.

And when you decide to walk for some more, at the end you find a three friends in front of the theatre, waiting for a new show. Don't miss it! :)


The Forest

Ok, we already know that I am big fun of forest of any kind and anywhere. It's not important is it a green one in May or a gray one in November. I like it very much, especially with different collors. But what the most I like about the forest is a peaceful space, full of silence. That's the silence you can feel it almost with your fingers and take it with a breath inside your lungs.
I am not sure when I start to hate noise. Actually, I've never loved it at all.
Natural sounds of birds, streams and leaves on a trees is the only music we shoud listen. Everything else is attack on our senses. Matrix we live makes us indifferent. It's time to wake up.


Deer Lake - somewhere behind the mountain mirror

What is enough to be happy and satisfied in the autumn afternoon? Newspapers, coffee? Or a short trip to Sarajevo's neighbourhood mountain. Come to the end of road, walk a while, enjoy fresh air, smell of late autumn and shoot a few pictures.
First an old forest, stronger than thousand winds and storms. Home of good dwarfs.
Lake is mountain eye, a mirror where this beauty find its place, every day and morning.

I discovered a place for myself when colours left, but still it was a nice and inspiring. Didn't see any of deer (name of the lake). Just one extremely clever dog, came to check us and protect his sheeps.



Skies are Limit?

I love to visit different places. Most of all love to come somewhere without a sound nearby. Usually those places are very high, sometimes above clouds.

Lovćen is one of these. It's not in Bosnia, you will have to go more to the south, Montenegro. You can find some snow here even in the May. Remember that Adriatic is only 100 kilometres from there.


European oldtown from 1001 night.

Sarajevo is unique city in Europe and maybe in whole world. Sometimes people call it European Jerusalem, due to magnificent atmosphere, mixed cultures, differences on each corner.
Old Town shows that spirit more than any other part of the city.
Only few hundred meters walk makes you feel like that you sit in a time machine. First you pass modern buildings, tram street and come to Austro-Hungarian part of the city. Here you have sense that you came into one of Budapest or Vienna parts. Walk on and you are suddenly in an Instanbul street with a lot of craftwork shops, small dining restaurants and carpet shops like in any Marrakech quart
Some of churches, mosques or synagogues are older than four hundred years, and even more. All that in a specific "circle of love" how domestic people call this route, which connect these places of worship.
Come and spread a word about it.


Catch the Sun

On a foggy day sun is somewhere high under the fog sea which covers the city and suburban. The only way to catch some of the light is to climb high and higher. When you are enough high, then everything is possible, even to catch the sun.
Cavljak is 15 minutes by car from Sarajevo downtown area. Five minutes walk later and you are witness of spectacular sunset.

Sometimes, when wind has sympathy for us, winter day in Sarajevo is clear and colourful. Those days are also for sun hunters. You only need to wait for right moment, when sun is low and somewhat sleepy. Try to catch it, or wait tomorrow. New day and a new chance.




Search for crystals - Kreševo

When I was a kid, I use to look for small rocks which were different than usual ones, shiny and mysterious. I knew a few spots around where I can find it. Today I know it was calcite mineral, very common in Bosnia.
Last year I was on a fair of crystals in Kreševo, a small town near Sarajevo, with great people and interesting findings on surrounding hills. This area is known for different kind of crystals and beautiful minerals from ancient times, even before old Romans.
Next time I came here and went right on the spot, a small quarry with a lot of rocks, very interesting and exiting. Found some rare minerals, enjoyed fresh air and spend nice time in a mystic forest.



Let it snow!

Last winter in Sarajevo was almost disaster. More than one meter of snow and very cold air were there for days. City was blocked, and in moments atmosphere was like in "Day After Tomorrow".
This Picture was taken before, in one wonderful white night in Sarajevo.
Maybe it was Groundhog Day, or not. We didn't want to turn on play station and loose this moment. We just got out, make some fun on empty streets in three o'clock in the morning, shoot some photos and turned back home.
For me, Sarajevo is the most beautiful when we have fresh snow fall here, no traffic, and quiet night. It happens once in ten years and this night was that one occasion. At the end, it depends of you, your mood and just a small touch of happiness.


Magical Hutovo Blato

I was there one early spring, march or even February. Actually, it was a business trip and I was back from Adriatic coast, late that day, tired and in desperately need for some rest. Plan was to stay overnight in Mostar and Hutovo was on the half way there.
Just before Capljina I saw a sign and looks my car turned right by herself. After ten kilometres  found nice parking place and took a walk trough the national park of Hutovo. Two minutes walk and I discovered a space with so much magic for my tired soul and body. Peace and low intensity light. Magical peace, no sounds, nothing...


All tiredness disappeared. I forgot about hard day at work, heavy traffic on the highway, line on the border... This visit was so relaxing and efficient. Kept coming there later and later, years and years, in every season.



I know, you just hear this water and feel the fresh breath of Bosnian mountain spring. This place is in the heart of Bosnia, in Travnik, Bosnian capital in 18th century.
This corner of the town is called "Blue Water", famous for many hundreds years for anyone who wants to rest his soul for a few hours.
Near is good food, traditional coffee, quiet people and plenty of time for everyone. Nobody is in a hurry, time is slow.


Popovo Polje

Pyramids in Bosnia, a lot of them almost in every part of it :)
This one is near Trebinje. Some say that Trebinje is a city with the most beautiful suburb in the world - Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is only 30 kilometres from this pyramid and if you visit Dubrovnik, please come and check this structure, and tell us your opinion. Hill or a pyramid?



I allways ak my self here, what was before? The city or the bridge. City is called Mostar (an old bridge) and you never know. Something like a story about the egg and chicken. You never know...

Absolutely destroyed during war 1992-1995, bridge jumped out of cold river Neretva and make his stand forever on the same place. Sometimes, when I cross over the bridge, think about whether it is a ghost or a real bridge. A good jenny from the bottle came out and playing a bridge, just to makes good for people who sometimes make bad and evil things.

Be happy if you are in a situation to be there, even for a half of an hour. Enough to feel all of the history, forget bad and be ready for good, till the end of time.


Sarajevo - Siberian Nights

There is allways some magic in Sarajevo, even if the air is frozen and ice rain is coming down. You can allways enjoy the game of lights and explore new views and scenes.
It happens once and never more. Every moment in such atmosphere is unique and wont come again.
The cathedral is dedicated to the nativity of the Theotokos.  It was build at the request of the Orthodox parish of Sarajevo between 1863 and 1868. The interior walls are decorated by painted ornaments. In the lower zones of the walls the painted ornaments are simulating the marble stone construction look. Arches and vaults are decorated in ornaments only.