European History in Sarajevo

If you’re looking to visit a European city which has hosted a pivotal moment in the continent’s history may I suggest the under-rated Sarajevo. It was in the Bosnian capital that the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his pregnant wife Sophie took place on 28th June 1914. The incident … Continue reading European History in Sarajevo

Sarajevo’s Tunnel of Hope

Teenage years are stressful enough without the likes of Slobodan Milošević adding to woes. But that’s exactly what happened when I joined the Amnesty International group at secondary school in the 1990s. Scenes of the Balkan wars filled our news bulletins every day and appalled that such conflict could happen in a Europe which we … Continue reading Sarajevo’s Tunnel of Hope

Discovering Zadar

One of life’s pleasures is looking at Ryanair’s destination map and allowing the syllables of lesser-known places to roll off my tongue. For years, the sound of Zadar captured my attention so when I eventually Google-imaged the city I was immediately transfixed and envisaged a visit. That happened when Ryanair reinstated the route from Dublin … Continue reading Discovering Zadar