Monthly Archives: October 2016

Falling for Plitvice

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Our main stop today will be one of the most scenic and photographed places in Croatia – Plitvice Lakes – and will almost certainly be one occasion when you, as readers, might celebrate the loss of my camera simply because the …

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Let me offer you some history with that cup of Tito

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When I cut off my abbreviated biography of Tito in the previous entry, I’d discussed some of the events that shaped him in his early life up and had stopped a few years before the start of the Second World War. Although he …

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A visit to Kumrovec or Tito-ing the line

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Before we set off to visit the birthplace of Josip Broz who ruled Yugoslavia for more than three decades under his better known moniker of Tito, our group will make a brief and previously unplanned stop in Zagreb.  I touched on this …

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Reaching into a big Zagreb bag of things to do

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As we did in Dubrovnik and Sarajevo, we started our first day in Zagreb with a local guide who took us on a walking tour of the city. We began in the Donji Grad or Lower Town and finished in the …

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Tied Up in Karanac

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One of the worst fates that can befall a pun is needing to be explained and yet, that is precisely how I feel about the pun in the title of today’s entry. You see, unlike the title of the previous …

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I read the news today, oh boy

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But first a few final words as we leave Sarajevo On my trip last year, I touched down in four different Olympic Games host cities – two that had hosted the Summer Games – Stockholm (1912) and Helsinki (1952) – and two Winter Games …

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A night in Sarajevo – Fostering good relations

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Alison, Diane, Pat and I finished our lunch and returned to the hotel for a brief rest before our group was to gather in the lobby. We were happy to find Geanie and Judy safe and sound. I’d like to say we had a …

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Sarajevo Day 2: The darkness deepens and a ray of light glimmers

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The Siege of Sarajevo was long and heartbreaking. Living conditions were hellish. Destruction of property and lives was incessant for more than four years. Over that period, nearly 14,000 people were killed and scores of thousands injured. But the people …

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Sarajevo: A day of darkness and light; A night of light and darkness – Day 2 Part 1

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In previous entries, I’ve touched upon some of the contrasts that make Sarajevo Sarajevo. The mix of ancient and modern. The fusion of east and west.  The tolerant juxtaposition of religious belief and practice. And, above all, the resolute display of …

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