Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
In 1914, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were assasinated while crossing a bridge in Sarajevo. This was the catalyst that sparked World War I. In this picture at right, just behind the people you can see a bit of that bridge.
The start of the Bosnian war between the Orthodox Serbs and the Muslims also started in Sarajevo, when in 1992 shots were fired from the Holiday Inn which had been built for the Olympics. And in another sad bridge event, an almost Romeo & Juliet story happened on this bridge (at right) when a couple were on opposite sides (one was Muslim the other Orthodox) and in their attempt to escape and be married, they were both shot and killed in the middle of the bridge.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 12, 2009
So, at about 6:00 pm we made our way to one of the tree burning areas to see for ourselves. We followed a man carrying a tree, and came to the same small chapel we had seen people entering for a wedding several months ago (when we visited the art museum. Sure enough, there were trees being burned. Also, some children were lighting sparklers. And for the more spiritually minded, there was a place for them to take communion and a place they could light a candle.
Some people still have their branches outside their doors or on their cars, I'm not sure why.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
We met some new friends from America. Since they were only here a few days, on one day we decided to visit some touristy areas. We went to Budva, and Bar. It was dark by the time we got to Bar, so not really any pictures from there, but in a later post, I'll include some pictures from Budva, and maybe a shot of Svet Stefan, an island (or ismus?) that has only an exclusive hotel on it. Sylvester Stalone apparently stayed there once.
Tomorrow night we're going with a friend to Sarajevo, he's Bosnian and needs to renew his passport. We will arrive in the morning, spend most of the day there and head home in the afternoon.
Saturday we plan on going with a group of friends to another touristy area in Montenegro, Lovćen. Tell you about it when we get back.