One of the 3 main arms of the Danube into the Black Sea.
The mouth of the southernmost arm of the Danube.
Constanta is a city in Romania on the Black Sea coast. It is a large port and holiday destination. It has a mosque, Orthodox Church, and some lovely buildings from the beginning of the 19th century which have now been returned by the state to their owners.
Bridge at Mostar
Rebuilt Old Bridge Mostar
Stari Most (English: Old Bridge) is the enduring image of Mostar in Bosnia Herzegovina. The 16th-century Ottoman bridge crossed the river Neretva and connected two parts of the city until it was destroyed in the war in November 1993. This is the reconstructed bridge opened in 2004.
What did I know about Sarajevo? I knew about that event in 1914 which set in motion the First World War. I knew about the Winter Olympics in the 1980s and I knew a bit about the siege of Sarajevo 1992-1995. But only a bit.
I had no idea that Sarajevo was a cross roads between East and West for centuries. The Ghazi Husrev-Bey’s Mosque was built in 1531 at the same time the Orthodox Church was being built and the Catholic Cathedral renovated. Things seem to have gone badly wrong since. Continue reading