Sarajevo, Bosnia

We took the train from Mostar to Sarajevo. The tracks run along the river with steep green gorges on both sides. It rained pretty hard for most of the journey, but the last twenty minutes the sun came out and we had lovely views.

Sarajevo was under siege from 1992-1996. Many buildings are still bombed out concrete shells with bullet holes testifying to their violent history. Sidewalks have “Sarajevo Roses” where indentations caused by mortar strikes are filled with red paint. Another symbol and reminder of the loss of life.

Before the Bosnian war, it was also the site of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (the red car marks the spot).

We took a break from history and visited Sarajevo’s oldest brewery. No IPAs, but the lagers were really good.

With another break from the rain, we hiked over the city.

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