Visiting remote parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Visiting remote parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Konjic and Vranduk

We head from Mostar to Konjic in Bosnia.

It is the most breathtaking mountain area.

The speed limit is slow, but that is OK, as you need to absorb the beauty.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Countryside

The water is aqua blue. It is simply magnificent. I stand speechless at the side of the road.  It really is perfect.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Countryside we stop by the roadside for a photo enroute

We then are planning to go and visit Tito’s Bunker. But it seems it was closed. I couldn’t get a straight answer. Maybe it was because it was Sunday. Maybe it was closed for good. I had no idea. We drove out to near the place and were told we had to get tickets in town. In town no-one knew.

But we did meet this old fellow.

He was making spoons. In hindsight his work was so cheap I should have brought a brass plaque or a copper coffee pot.  But we just saw him stamp out and polish his spoons.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – This man hand-makes coffee spoons

He shows explorason the mould he cuts them out with.  Poor ol’ guy. We buy two – for all of forty cents. But I am not into buying what we do not need.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – This man hand-makes coffee spoons #2

We then go to the bridge. Town seems deserted. I managed to buy a flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is $2 and it is a nice one.  We buy a small flag from most countries we visit and we will string them up in order at the end of the trip. One day!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegocina – Trying to find Tito’s Bunker – we find a bridge instead

We then drive to the outskirts of Sarajevo. I don’t wan tot go this way but the GPS takes us past the market area. The poor have all their wares spread out next to the road.  It seems a rough area. People come to the car and beg. Doors are locked.

We drive on. We find a surprise motorway with a toll. The GPS has no idea this is in existence. The maps were updated three days ago. TomTom – you are so out of date!

We head to Zenica where I hear there is an Ottoman Turkish historical town. No, we are told – no town and no tourism here.  But then a hotel staff lady tells us about ten kilometres out of town is an old city.

It is not ten kilometres out of town. It is probably forty or fifty at least.

Then you have to wind past many side roads with no signs. It is like a secret place. I see it in the distance. Across the river. High on the hill.  It takes more than half an hour to get to it.  We arrive and there are really old buildings.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – old building in the mountains

We enter a fourteenth Century Fortress.

It is great.  I think it was about five Euro to enter.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – fortress dorway

It is really untouched and not a tourist in sight.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – the key to the door of the fortress

They show the old archery and it is a bit mended in a modern way, but we get the idea.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – archery

Explorason is really excited that he gets to see all the old chains, cannon balls, and shot balls they used. He has a bit of fun. There are spears and all sorts and we are free to touch and feel them. This is great learning. Not locked behind a case. He can sense the weight, and work out how the locks would work.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – learning the tactile way

We are at Vranduk.
I get to walk on two hundred year old carpets. We get to see the weaves.  Oh how I love to go to places that feel relatively undiscovered.  Thee is not a tourist the whole time we are there.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – antique woven rug

Take a look at this place. Isn’t it magnificent.  I am without words. You cannot get the smile off my face.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk fortress

We get to walk the walls. Just awesome. There are no safety straps in place – only a small wire that has recently been placed that would not stop a c person falling. Men fell off these walls swinging cannons.

Explorason peeps through to see who might be attacking.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk fortress at the top of the wall

He gets to try his muscles out. He does better than me! I can’t get it off the ground. My strong boy!

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk fortress – lifting the cannon ball

The lady overseeing the place even will arrange local accommodation if you want it. She takes our photo.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk fortress – heading to the display tower

Wow – I can’t express the freedom we feel here. We get to climb through 3 floors of basic displays inside.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk fortress at the top – magnificent view

Oh, and I meet this wonderful local lady.  This is her weaving she sells. She asks me to try. Her smile after this photo just lit up she place.  So I bought a small weave I can make into a cushion. The hardest thing is all these things we have purchased. Yet we have no home. We live in hope. One day we will have a base. But for eight Euro we have a hand-made weave from Bosnia.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk – local weaving lady

Explorason climbs the rock. He is quickly told to get down by the old ladies. They do not want him falling and he needs to occasionally be told by someone other than me.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk – Explorason climbs the walls

We sadly leave. I don’t want to go. Explorason wants to spend the night. But we have to get to Sarajevo to get the computer repaired tomorrow. We have to leave. Just take a look at this amazing place. Hidden in the hills; here the Turks dwelled over six hundred years ago.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk – across the river

Even as we drive back along the river, it is just the prettiest little area.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vranduk – we leave the beautiful countryside

Everywhere in these countries people dry their twigs for firewood on frames. It is not a Womble, it is similar to a haystack but made with course twigs and grasses.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – hay / woodstack


So we say good-bye to the country and drive to Sarajevo.  What an amazing place we are visiting.

The magic of a different culture.

This is travel.

This is living.

We are loving our life journey.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Bosnia and Herzegovina – hay / woodstacks in this area

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