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The Banja Luka Blog

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Drill and Chill Festival - 4 Years On

Every September for the past 4 years, in a remote farm near the village of Rekavice, high above the river River Vrbas, just south of Banja Luka, there has been a gathering of International Climbers and High-Liners.

Stari Zanatski

Stari Zanatski

As you walk along Gospodska, you'll notice small alleyways that lead to an amazingly quaint, but until recently a rather run down, area of mainly gold and silver shops and trendy coffee bars.

I might be wrong, but this area is called Stari Zanatski, roughly translated, means "Old Craftsmen".

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

10 Cool Balkans Instagram Accounts

You might like to check out my top 10 Cool Instagram Accounts, About the Balkans To Follow, that give other pictorial perspectives of the region and who I enjoy following.

Cool Banja Luka Street Art

Cool Banja Luka Street Art

The Banja Luka area of Borik, is extremely interesting as it has huge murals on some of the otherwise rather drab, Titovian buildings that house most of Banja Luka's inhabitants.

The Volksdeutsche of Rudolfstal and Windthorst |Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Volksdeutsche of Rudolfstal and Windthorst |Bosnia and Herzegovina

I can't tell you how many times over the years, I have travelled along the road from Gradiška towards Banja Luka, I would never have thought that for some 65 years at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th centuries that these villages were actually German.

Doing Less, Experiencing More

Doing Less, Experiencing More

Tamara and I had thought we knew how to introduce people to the many wonders that Bosnia and Herzegovina has to offer.

We now realise that by going slow, and doing less, actually means guests experience much much more!

A Kiwi in the Balkans

A Kiwi in the Balkans

In this episode of the Podcast, I catch up with Andy Dunn, a New Zealander "The Kiwi in the Balkans", who is visiting his parents in law in Banja Luka.

We talk about his views and experiences in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Western Balkans and his off beat love with Uštipci.

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your Mobile in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Using your mobile device in Bosnia and Herzegovina. What’s the deal?

Tamara and I get asked a lot about using mobile devices in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) by either family, friends or guests.

Hopefully the following info will be both helpful and useful for you.

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

The Etno Muzej at Ljubačke Doline

Not too far south of Banja Luka is an amazing cultural " living museum", in the village of Lijubačke Doline.

The Banja Luka Tulip

The Banja Luka Tulip

In 1974, a team of Banja Luka florists led by Petar Đurić, created this tulip for a florist company in Holland.

The tulip is made by crossing two colours of the red and Yellow "Apeldoorn" variety.

Buying a Bride

Buying a Bride

It was an amazing day from watching the bride being “bought”, to the procession to the church, the service itself, and of course, an AMAZING reception.

Until about 1846 the bride really was purchased with large amounts of money or Gold

Dreaming of Times Gone By

Dreaming of Times Gone By

I often get to be present when old friends get to meet up after not seeing each other for some time. Especially those who were born when the former Jugoslavije existed.

Burgers and More

Burgers and More

Today I wanted to just write a few more thoughts, to add to why I keep saying that visiting Banja Luka (and Bosnia and Herzegovina) makes for an exciting, adventurous and above all, exceedingly GREAT value holiday experience.

It’s all about costs (or lack thereof). Bear with me.