Srebrenica is a small city in Bosnia who throw-out the history had several names like Domavia, Argentaria, Bosnian Argentarija, Argentum. At the time of the reign of the Roman Empire of Srebrenica was the main center for the forgery of money and one of the largest blacksmiths of the Roman Empire. Their money was mentioned in 1387. Beside that they were known for exporting silver, so in 14th century it was the strongest city in Medieval Bosnia.

Unfortunately, their luck changed. Instead of going forward, Srebrenica was destroyed.
War in Bosnia and Herzegovina was going on from 1992 until the end of 1995.
11th July, 1995, will be remembered forever.
That is the day when Genocide in Srebrenica happened.
Let me give you some instructions how it got to this.
Republic Bosnia and Herzegovina started their way toward independence 15th October 1991.
Europe Union acknowledged that 6th of April 1992, and United Stated did it day after.
But, that didn’t help anyhow, because Bosnian Serb forces started the war. They wanted Bosnia to stay as a part of Yugoslavia, because then all the Serbs could live in one State. Declaring Independence of Bosnia, that wasn’t possible.
In 1992, Srebrenica was occupied, but later on group of soldier from Bosnia succeeded to win it again.
6th of July Bosnian Serbs started their offensive on Srebrenica. 5 days later Lieutenant Colonel requested emergency air help from NATO, but no one showed up. The plains that were already there tried to help, but they had to stop because they couldn’t see well. They Bosnian Serbs threatened them that they are going to kill soldiers from Netherlands if they don’t stop, and they aborted the mission. Thousands of people started running away towards the place called Potočari. Until the evening of the following day, nearly 25 000 people were killed. There was a camp they thought would be a safe place. Some of them started going through woods towards town called Tuzla.

In the next few days, 8372 people were killed there, and there are no words that can describe this situation, their fir, thoughts in last minutes, being helpless and just waiting for your death. :/

There are many stories about how this city got its name. The most valid is the one that says that the city got its name because from that city you can look forward into the world.  (Prozor – window)
When you look at the city from close spot called Lug, you cannot actually see the city because of a stone block that has little holes in it that remind of windows.

This is a small city that long time ago was a really important milestone of roads.
It was first mentioned 11th of august, 1336.
Threw the history of course, it was occupied plenty of times, has been in different wars, and it is still here, and brings the attention of a lot of people.

You’ve noticed that the city has two words in the name, and I have explained one word.
Now I’m going to explain the other one, or what does it stand for, and which part.

People of this place are living next to the river Rama that is nowadays Lake Rama.
Name Rama was always considered as the name of the river and the parts beside the river.
After the river was turned into artificial lake, that lake was border between lower and upper Rama.

Lake is really gorgeous, has the surface of 1500 hectares, and the biggest depth is 95 meters.
Lake has a lot of springs, that are not just on surface, there are springs underneath the surface, and that makes this lake even more interesting. That lake is limited by the mountain crown, but that makes it even more beautiful. Water is really clean, good for some swimming with your friends, and having a barbecue near that stunning lake.
What can be more beautiful than that?
I can’t think of anything. J

Picture is worth a thousand words, right?

This beautiful place has 497hectares, that’s why I think it is the best to make it a day trip, not just a few hours, because definitely, that’s not enough.

You can see so many caves, nature, and historical things you cannot even imagine.
Is it enough for me to say that they found some tools for cultivation stones, from the cave men?
Yeah, I think it is as well.
You can ride a bike there, ride a horse, go for a walk in nature, you can try out mountain climbing.
Nature lovers, you hear that?
Summer is the best time of the year for this.
When you are enough of the cities, buildings, noise and so on, pack your bags and just come here.
It is going to bring you inner peace, immediately.
Besides having a rich offer for visitors, it’s main attraction is the Bijambarska cave, which is very rich in cave jewelry (stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, big baths, pillars …), which is close to 400 meters open for visitors. It consists of four corridors, the last of which is the largest and is called the “concert hall”.

The central Bijambare cave is a special geological reserve, while Upper Bijambarska cave is a paleontological monument of nature. In this area there are eight caves in total.

In addition to these attractions, in Bijambara area there is also the “Mramorje” tombstone necropolis, a protected historical site, a precious testimony to the continuity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The central Bijambare cave is a special geological reserve, while Upper Bijambarska cave is a paleontological monument of nature. In this area there are eight caves in total.

In addition to these attractions, in Bijambara area there is also the “Mramorje” tombstone necropolis, a protected historical site, a precious testimony to the continuity of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

And bring to the side all that, at some point of walking you are going to get hungry.

Not to worry for that because you have restaurants, coffee shops and a store. So you have everything inside that you need. J
I can guarantee that this is going to be your next choice, so enjoy it.

 

Once again summer rocked in and just as other travel I was planning my vacation, I had many destinations to choose from but not enough time. My friends had told me about the Balkans and about a country that counts roughly 3.5million citizens. The hidden treasure in the Balkans they said… to those of you that don’t know what country I’m talking about: Bosnia and Herzegovina.
sarajevo

Of course, the first thing I looked up was its capital city, Sarajevo. The mini Jerusalem, they call it. I hadn’t realized how right they were until I actually walked through this beautiful city. You turn one corner you have one of the oldest mosques in Sarajevo dating back to the Ottoman empire, take a left and you see the Jewish Synagogue. Turn around walk down the beautiful pedestrian street of Sarajevo and you will find the beautiful Catholic cathedral, take a left from there and you will have a beautiful Orthodox church. Yes! All of this in a city and on the Balkans!

sarajevo

If I had to pick one of the best things that I saw during my stay it would definitely be a struggle, I am a foodie and food is always number one on my interiray but oh man, this country stole my heart. I basically fell in love with the city and with the people and the food is just amazing.

Sarajevo is literally a city that is indescribable, you can definitely enjoy your summer here. Given the fact that the temperatures rise up to 35 degrees! So you can have a lot of fun in the sun!

It was my first trip discovering the northeastern part of Bosnia. To be more exact I was in the city of Bijeljina. The tour guide mentioned something about an ethno village, I was intrigued- ethno what? Village what? I want more details. He then told me that not too far from the city you can visit this beautiful ethno village. I had to see this- I thought to myself, Take me there! That’s exactly what happened. He drove us to the ethno village Stanišići.

It had been snowing the previous day- and as soon as we exited the car I stood there in amazement. It looked like a real winter wonderland. I didn’t know where to look and what to look at.

ethno village Stanišići

The tour guide told us that this village was founded in 2003. The founder was Boris Stanišić, hence the name Ethno Village Stanišić. He roamed all of Bosnia looking for older houses to remind him of his childhood. He then decided to create this beautiful village. The village is divided into two parts. One of the parts of the village shows secular life and contains many beautiful wooden houses and cottages. On the other side you have the more religious part of the village, full of medieval stone architecture. It has a few replicas of important historical and religious buildings.

We sat inside this restaurant for some traditional Bosnian food- I had to try the pizza because the pizza dough was made out of buckwheat flower and I must admit it was delicious! I walked around the ethno village for what seemed like hours, it has soul and it has something that not many places has- peace. I felt at ease and perfect here. If you’re ever in the mood to relax and leave all your problems aside then you definitely need to visit ethno village Stanišić. You will never regret it!

This month throughout our blog we will give you a few stories about the beautiful mountains that are situated in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first mountain I will tell you guys about is Jahorina. Jahorina belongs to the Dinaric mountain system.  Bosnia is abundant with many mountains, each and every one special in its own way. Jahorina borders with another Olympic mountain: Mount Trebević.

Jahorina’s highest peak is Ogorjelica, standing tall at 1,916meters (or 6,286ft). This makes it the second highest of Sarajevo’s mountains. Jahorina is only 30km from Sarajevo. A great thing about Jahorina is that no matter what the season be, you can always visit it. During the summer the mountain is covered with grass and is a great place to go for a family trip or for a picnic.

jahorina-mountain jahorina

Jahorina has 20 miles of trails for alpine skiing and gentle slopes, it is one of the best places to go and ski in Bosnia. During the 14th winter Olympics that were held in 1984 in Bosnia, Jahorina hosted the ski disciples for women. It is a beautiful mountain that is suited for any of your needs. Just think about it you don’t need to go west to ski, you’ve got it all here-in Sarajevo, in Bosnia.