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Oct 13th, 2012, 09:58 AM
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Sarajevo/Mostar/Split/Bol (island of Brac) October 2012

My husband and I are just back from an all-too-short vacation in Bosnia & Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia. I won't write a detailed report now but will give a brief overview of the places we went so that anyone interested can ask for more information if wanted before I get around to finishing the trip report.

Sarajevo--we spent the first four and last nights of the trip at a friend's apartment.
Mostar--on Day 5 we took the train from Sarajevo, explored the city and spent the night at the wonderful Muslibegovic House. Our friends joined us there with a rental car and we drove to the coast the next morning. We stayed overnight in
Split at a good B & B (the St. Luke's residence) then went on to
Bol on the island of Brac where we rented a great apartment (House Racic) for two nights.

From there, back to Sarajevo and (sadly) home.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 11:03 AM
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More? we have an acquaintance in Bihac and even though it is not on our list to visit in the near future, Sarajevo was always of interest to me later down the line.
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Oct 13th, 2012, 11:18 AM
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I think Sarajevo is a fascinating city and would definitely recommend a trip there.

I wrote quite a lot about Sarajevo after we visited in 2010 and wasn't planning to add much more information for this TR:
http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...tober-2010.cfm

Since we had already seen many of the major sites on our earlier trip, we didn't go to a lot of museums this time. We did take a walk out to the Goat Bridge, an old Ottoman bridge east of the city on the road to Constantinople, and saw the Bursa Bezistan City Museum and the Despic House. We also wandered around several neighborhoods and explored the markets

There has been a great deal of work rebuilding the beautiful National Library, and there was a ceremony celebrating the completion of most of the exterior work while we were in Sarajevo. Sadly, the National Museum was closed for lack of funding during our visit.
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Oct 21st, 2012, 05:08 AM
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Day 1--Sarajevo

As mentioned in the last post, we visited Sarajevo two years ago, and I would refer people to the earlier TR for background information on the city. I wrote a lot then and don’t see any reason to repeat it here. I do think that it makes sense to do background reading before visiting BiH.

We flew from Boston to Sarajevo on Lufthansa via Munich. The flight arrives in Sarajevo around 12:30 on Sunday afternoon, and our friend met us at the airport.

Originally she had planned to take us to lunch up in the mountains outside the city with some other friends, but it started to rain very heavily that morning and she cancelled the reservation. By the time we arrived, the rain had stopped so we were able to drop off our luggage at her apartment then walk into the city for a late lunch. We went to a good local restaurant serving traditional Bosnian food and to a second for Bosnian (like Turkish) coffee and baklava.


We enjoyed strolling around and getting reacquainted with the city. The weather was warm --in the 80's-- and many people were out and about.

We were very interested in seeing the progress that had been made in renovating the National Library so we walked over there. It is a beautiful building and it was exciting to see all the work that had been done since our visit two years before.

We walked back to the apartment and enjoyed the late afternoon/evening on the terrace with some cheese, olives, wine, etc. I was even able to stay awake long enough to see the beautiful moonrise.
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Nov 7th, 2012, 02:29 AM
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Sarajevo is one of my favorite cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Usually, I visit Sarajevo at least two or three times a year, and sometimes even more. Zemaljski muzej (museum) is the number one place in Sarajevo, which I visit every time, but unfortunately, it is closed for a month now, due to the financial problems.
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Nov 12th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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I'd love to find out how you booked the St. Luke Residence - is there a way to contact them directly without using a booking website?
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Nov 12th, 2012, 06:09 PM
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It's wonderful to hear that progress has been made in renovating Sarajevo's National Library. Thanks for the update!
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Nov 13th, 2012, 03:36 AM
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sorry I have not gotten back to more of this trip report.

sheskett--we booked the St. Luke Residence through the booking.com web site. The address and phone number are
Ulica Kraj Svetog Luke 29 21000, Split, Croatia
091 587 2048
+385 91 587 2048 (I am confused about the initial country codes and which is to be used when)
You could try to call this number to book directly.

kja--the work on the National Library was very exciting to see. As I mentioned, we attended a big outdoor ceremony to celebrate the completion of the outdoor renovation (on October 3). Everyone in the city was so happy to see this spectacular building restored.
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Nov 13th, 2012, 07:03 AM
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When I was last in Sarajevo there was a statue of the feet of Gavrillo Princip (the guy who ignited WW1) are they still there and did you see them?
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Nov 16th, 2012, 04:48 AM
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We did not see a Gavrillo Princip statue. There is a plaque showing where he stood but as far as I know that is all.
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