culture

Slow Tourism for the Balkans

Slow Tourism for the Balkans

BiH is still relatively unspoilt compared to it's neighbours.

Yes, I am aware backpackers and couch surfers pass through as well as those young adventurers who are into extreme sports such as climbers, cavers, whitewater rafters, parachutists, and mountain bikers.

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert Baked in Bread

Camembert that's been baked inside bread. Using a machine to take the strain of making the dough, the resulting bread was scrumptious to say the least.

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.

The Mlinište Train

The Mlinište Train

I have driven past this rusting train for decades and have always wondered about it. Apparently, it was used by Tito and his partisans in World War 2, and was left here in 1944.

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".

Meeting a Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

Meeting a Bosnian Olympian in Croatia

I got to meet Mario Franjić, who was a member of the Jugoslavija National four man Bobsled Team in the 1984 Olympics held in Sarajevo. A big man with a big personality.

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 Windthorst

The Volksdeutsche of Windthorst

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.

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.

Novi Sad in Springtime

Novi Sad in Springtime

I have to say that my favourite place to visit in Serbia has to be Novi Sad, in the north of the country in Vojvodina

Dan Žena

Dan Žena

International Women's Day has been celebrated Internationally since 1975, but here in the former Jugoslavija and the newer republic's that are today, it's been a big issue for a lot longer.