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

The Medjugorje Miracle

Most people visiting Medjugorje have concerns of a spiritual nature. Mine was a fashion dilemma. Chronic ankle tendonitis led to my physiotherapist’s recommendation of wearing runners for the duration of my holiday in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a fashion faux pas I was prepared to endure except in the presence of Italians. We all have anxieties about international … Continue reading The Medjugorje Miracle

Half-time in Mostar

As the bus arrived at the station I wondered whether travelling to Mostar was a good idea. Whilst the city is nestled in the scenic Neretva valley the main street of the eastern side of the city, Maršala Tita, was deserted and still bared the marks of war-time shelling. To reinforce my apprehension Dervla Murphy’s … Continue reading Half-time in Mostar