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11 things you’ll love about Belgrade

Once there was a country called Yugoslavia. It was a federation of six republics that existed through most of the 20th century. For much of that time, it was essentially held together by one man, Josip Broz Tito. Marshall Tito died in 1980. Soon after, one republic after another broke out of the federation, and […]

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Bewitching Kotor Bay

On our way from Dubrovnik to Cetinje, the old royal capital of Montenegro, we passed through a pretty town surrounded by an even prettier bay. So fetching was this stretch of coastline, we hopped off for a closer look: this was Kotor Bay. The town of Kotor has been settled since ancient times, as part […]

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Travel photo: Dubrovnik old town

Imagine throwing open your bedroom window and seeing this view. That’s what we did (or rather, I did – the kids were usually asleep), every morning for an entire week. It’s been a few years now, nearly nine, actually. Gosh. We stayed in the fabulous old-world Hotel Imperial just metres from Pile Gate and Dubrovnik […]

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Republika Srpska: Pretty Trebinje

Are you old enough to remember the Balkan wars of the 1990s? The feeling of horror that such a thing could happen in Europe yet again, less than 50 years after the last war on the continent? Seems we never learn. As a result of the Dayton Accords of 1995, war-town Bosnia & Herzegovina was […]

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The old bridge in Mostar

This week’s #frifotos* theme is symbols. What first popped into my mind was Stari Most. I think the old bridge in Mostar is one of the most powerful symbols there is: of multiculturalism, of how people of different religions can co-exist, how reconciliation can actually work. There’s a Middle Eastern flavour to Mostar. No surprise, […]

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The many unusual churches of Nessebar

The ancient, tiny town of Menembria on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast had 40 churches. Today, the town is better known as Nessebar and is protected by UNESCO.

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Where in the world: Medjugorje

Up for another guessing game? Where in the world is this? This scenic valley isn’t first and foremost on the minds of its visitors. Though not yet formally recognized by the Vatican, this week’s mystery location is where six kids spotted Virgin Mary 30 years ago. The little town draws thousands of eager pilgrims every […]

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