Sunset Pura Vida Sky Bar I Bucharest Romania I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

Do You Recognise Bosnia, Serbia and Romania? POTF #29

The sun has got his hat on, hip hip hip hooray! Hello from sunny Spain. We’re in Marbella with Craig’s family who treated us to a villa week just outside of Marbella, it’s been great to sit by the pool and catch up on 14 months worth of chat! We’ve only seen Craig’s brother, Kyle, in this time (he visited us in Vancouver, Canada last October) so there has been a lot to talk about!

Bosnia, Serbia and Romania

The fortnight before Marbs was spent in Bosnia, Serbia, and Romania. Facebook followers will know that there was no love for Belgrade, Serbia’s capital and I was surprised to be thanked by one avid reader for not thinking everywhere was ‘awesome’ – I want to be realistic, travelling is not always fun! Sometimes it rains (Bled), other times it’s too expensive (Cuba), and often it is tiring! However, we did think that Bosnia (Sarajevo and Mostar) was rich with history, culture, and nature with Bucharest in Romania being a total surprise hip, bustling city! Introducing Photo of the Fortnight – Eastern(ish) Europe style….

1. Stari Most, Mmm Mostar – Bosnia

 Stari Most BridgeI Mostar I Bosnia I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

2. Up shot! Avaz Tower, Sarajevo Bosnia

Avaz Twist Tower I Sarajevo I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

3. Tunnel of Hope, saved lives in Sarajevo

Tunnel of Hope I Sarajevo I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

4. River Danube and Sava, Belgrade in Serbia

Danube and Sava River I Serbia I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

5. Sunset in Bucharest, Romania – read more here

Sunset Pura Vida Sky Bar I Bucharest Romania I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

6. Little Paris, Romanian Athenaeum

Romanian Athenaeum I Bucharest I Photo the Fortnight 29 I Eastern Europe

*It’s debated whether Bosnia and Serbia are classified as Eastern Europe, mapping is so conflicting, something I’ve learnt recently while travelling around Central, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. People often refer to these countries as Eastern Europe because of the Iron Curtain, although it is an interesting and horrifying part of their very recent history, these countries are so much more than that! Can’t wait to tell you more about it.

It’s easy to see why I’ve fallen in love with this part of our trip. 2017 plan is to head back to Romania and also see Croatia and Montenegro! Quick note, readers keep asking what camera I use, it’s a Nikon Coolpix and I don’t love it in all honesty. I edit with Lightroom and have had the pleasure of visiting stunning places, I think that’s the real reasons for these quality shots. Cell phone users don’t despair! Check out this post on mobile phone photography!

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Have you been, would you like to go? Do you recognise?

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  1. Your pics are beautiful! I’ve been wanting to go to Eastern Europe for a while now but thought more about Czech Republic and Poland.. didn’t think that Bosnia, Romania and Serbia would look like this.. hiya bucketlist!

    p.s: Love that you guys have already made plans for 2017!!! Xx

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  2. That “Tunnel of Hope” in Sarajevo was for the MILITARY. It was to smuggle in weapons and fighters, including foreign Mujahideen, into BiH.
    If they told you it was for civilians, they were lying. The UN was sending regular shipments/convoys of oil, food, and supplies throughout the war. The UN had several contingents living in Sarajevo throughout the entire war.
    That there was shortages of food was due to the Sarajevo government (under unelected President Alija Izetbegovic) only distributing 40% of the UN food sent into Sarajevo. This is fully documented in the UN report, as well as testimony of their officers and cross examinations of witnesses for the prosecution, who admitted that at the ICTY court. And of that 40% – it went most all to the Sarajevo (Muslim-ruled) army or ended up on the black market.
    The government was withholding the UN food from the civilians in order to help “sell” the war. The use the suffering to blame Serbs when Serbs were regularly allowing UN aid trucks through their territories. That government also interfered with the utilities more than the fighting itself and most of the damage in Sarajevo was along the frontlines, where the two forces met. And the Sarajevo government forces had much greater manpower and a higher number of snipers. UN officers even testified that the Sniper’s of the Sarajevo government forces were using several buildings in the infamous Sniper’s Alley. The fact that the media would automatically blame Serbs, despite the larger number of Bosniak snipers in the key positions, played into their hands and actually gave them a blank check to keep doing it.
    Sarajevo Serbs were being decapitated and thrown down the Kazani gorge in Sarajevo – that is just one of many true gruesome facts that the mainstream media covered up about that war.

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