Sarajevo Farewell and Isa-begov Hamam

I spent my last day in Sarajevo walking around enjoying the beautiful city. In the late afternoon I had a hamam at Isa Beg Hamam Hotel in Bistrik. The process was different from hamams previously experienced in Turkey. Isa Beg Hamam Process The hamam had a Jacuzzi and steam room divided by a warm stone sitting…

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Bosnia-Herzegovina Travnik and Jajce

Central Bosnia-Herzegovina Wednesday was another warm, beautiful day in Sarajevo. We’ve had a run of “false spring” weather – perfect for touring Travnik and Jajce, unique towns of historical significance known for their national monuments. The group was small – me, Kathryn from Frankfurt, and Samir our Meet Bosnia guide. Samir is a Bosnian native,…

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Pearls of Herzegovina, Bosnia-Herzegovina

On Monday, the weather was warm and beautiful, so I took a long day tour of Herzegovina – 8 am until 9 pm. There were three of us, including a German tourist from Frankfurt and Adnan, our Meet Bosnia guide. Points of Interest Herzegovina It’s hard to say which places were favorites, because everything was…

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Dubrovnik’s Fortresses

Dubrovnik’s Medieval City has endless treasures, and yesterday I enjoyed a guided tour of the five major fortresses around its walls. I’ve been waiting for the right time to take the two-hour “wall walk” and wanted to learn more about the Old City first. With changes throughout their history, Dubrovnik’s forts are the greatest fortification…

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Topkapi Palace Istanbul Turkey

During a previous visit to Istanbul I slighted Topkapi Palace, but made up for it by spending the better part of a day exploring the massive complex. The palace chambers are as entertaining to see as views of the Golden Horn are difficult to describe! Musical compositions were written to praise the beauty of Topkapi…

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Bodrum Turkey’s Medieval Castle

Bodrum’s medieval Castle of St Peter is on every tourist “must-see” list. The castle’s courtyards, turrets, galleries, and gardens are magnificent! Its stone walls dominate the Bodrum waterfront from land and sea, and its history is impressive. “The castle was a symbol of Christian Europe’s unity against Ottoman power.” The Knights Hospitaller of Rhodes began…

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Whirling Dervishes

Was it a dance performance, a spiritual ceremony, or both – not sure what to think about the Whirling Dervishes performance last night? It was mildly hypnotic but not what I expected. The proper name for a Whirling Dervishes performance is – Mevlevi Sema Ceremony. Founded in 1273, the Mevleviye are a Sufi order that…

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