Sarajevo

Sarajevo Travel Blog

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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassination Memorial Plaque
I can't remember much about the journey, all I can remember is that all the coaches we took on our travels were excrutiangly boring, or nightmarish! Thankfully it was during the day, so my friend and I listened to our music, chatted, had a cigarette every time the coach stopped (in order for the driver to have a cig himself!)

Anyway, on arriving in Sarajevo, we had no accommodation, nothing at all, no map (it hadn't been on our rather vague itinerary) but thankfully the youth hostel there had someone who came to meet the coaches and trains. So we just got taken to it! The dorms were booked up, but they gave us an apartment which we shared with two people. It was so cheap (I can't remember the exact prices, I've left all my info in England!) and we had a kitchen, sitting room, two bedrooms (each with four beds - so my friend and I took one room and the other two took the other one) and a bathroom.
Old Jewish Quarter
It was in the old Jewish quarter so was surrounded my lots of nice little buildings. Although the one immiediately to our left had been affected so badly in the shellings that it was forbidden to access it - in fact we often thought it might topple over on us!

When we first arrived in Sarajevo, on the bus, we begun to thhink, what are we doing here - it was just a load of large concrete towers. Athough we realised 5 mins after the initial thought that was just the suburbs. The centre was amazing, we went to the tourist office, found all the info we needed. The hostel did tours every day. So we did that. I tihnk it was 15€ and it was for 3 hours. They drove us to the Tunnel that saved Sarajevo in the conflict, the cemetery where the snipers looked down on Sniper Alley, they took us to somewhere else, higher up so they could show us all of the city, and point out major landmarks.
View over Sarajevo
The guide was so useful, he himself had only been 13 I think at the time, so had very clear memories, and lots of information, although we weren't sure how biased it was!

If you have any interest in history, Sarajevo is the place to be - it is one of my favourite places to have visited. Its incredible how they still live with the history of it - there are buildings completely destroyed which have remained like that, holes in the walls from bullets, 'Sarajevo Roses' - shell marks on the floor, which have a plaque next to them saying when it landed and how many people it killed. And obviously the people there, who live with all those memories. There were also a lot of military people wandering around. The Tunnel Museum is also worth the visit if you can get there (try to get a tour bus or something, or you'll have to rent a car - its impossible otherwise!) Its owned by the same family who hid the entrance to the tunnel during the siege. There is a video of them giving water to people as they came out of the tunnel. Really is incredible.

Really was fascinating....
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassina…
Archduke Franz Ferdinand Assassin…
Old Jewish Quarter
Old Jewish Quarter
View over Sarajevo
View over Sarajevo
Sarajevo Rose (at the Tunnel Museu…
Sarajevo Rose (at the Tunnel Muse…
Main shopping street
Main shopping street
View of Sniper Alley
View of Sniper Alley
Underground bazaar
Underground bazaar
Burnt out building of the Old Libr…
Burnt out building of the Old Lib…
Inside the church in Sarajevo
Inside the church in Sarajevo
One of only two places inthe world…
One of only two places inthe worl…
Memorial Plaque
Memorial Plaque
Holiday Inn (there is history atta…
Holiday Inn (there is history att…
Hotel Europa (there is a still a s…
Hotel Europa (there is a still a …
Khwan and I at the Memorial Flame
Khwan and I at the Memorial Flame
Old Jewish Quarter
Old Jewish Quarter
Sarajevo
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