Visit Mostar: 21 Things To Do by JetSettingFools.com

Visit Mostar: 21 Things to Do

The historic city of Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina is both charming and complicated; idyllic and evocative. The first sight of the centerpiece bridge makes visitors swoon – but seeking out lesser-visited corners of the city can result in an everlasting love. When we visit Mostar, we like to dig into the history, venture into nature and connect with locals.… Read the rest


Visiting the Abandoned Olympic Bobsled Track in Sarajevo by JetSettingFools

Abandoned Olympic bobsled track in Sarajevo

As we watched the third taxi drive away leaving us still standing on the curb, we started to wonder if an adventure to the abandoned Olympic bobsled track on the hillside of Trebevic Mountain was going to happen. The first driver said he didn’t know where it was.… Read the rest


Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina Memorial to the Children Fountain

20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo: A photo essay

We visited Sarajevo 20 years after the Siege of Sarajevo and realized it’s a city that is still very much in recovery. Although it seems nearly impossible to visit Sarajevo without at least some knowledge of the war that occurred there, it would be equally impossible to go and not notice the marks left from almost four years of fighting.… Read the rest


Sarajevo Cuisine A Guide To Eating in Sarajevo JetSettingFools.com

Sarajevo cuisine: What to eat in Sarajevo

Just like the city itself, Sarajevo cuisine is a blend of east and west, with both Turkish and European influences. Of the many reasons we were looking forward to visiting the city, sampling the local fare was high on the list.

On our previous travels to the Balkans, we quickly took a liking to two of the most popular regional dishes, cevapi and burek.… Read the rest


Old Red Tram in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Visiting Sarajevo in 2015

Visiting Sarajevo wasn’t always at the top of my list. The name conjured vague images of brutal fighting that I never really understood. I was in high school at the time of the Bosnian War and while I’m sure world events were covered in one or more of my classes, the only world I operated in was that of my immediate social circle.… Read the rest


Our week in Mostar: The Old Bridge at night

Why we loved spending a week in Mostar

Throughout our journey, there have been certain places that have captivated us – Mostar is one of them. In so many ways it resembles the other fairytale European cities we’ve visited, with the quaint historic center so appealing draped across the Old Bridge and down both sides of the Neretva River.… Read the rest


Tekija House: Sarah and Kris

Tekija House in Blagaj

We were positively stoked when our Airbnb host, Tarik, said he wanted to take us to the nearby town of Blagaj to visit the Tekija House. The historic Turkish Dervishes monastery, built in 1520, sits at the base of Hum Mountain.… Read the rest


Mostar's Religions: Koski Mehmet-Pasha Mosque - inside

2 of Mostar’s religions: Catholicism and Islam

It would be impossible to visit Mostar and not notice the co-existing religions in the small town, as both churches and mosques are part of the landscape. Historically, Serbian Orthodox Christians, Bosnian Muslims and Croatian Catholics – and even a few Jewish families – resided peacefully throughout the river valley.… Read the rest


Mostar Today: A picture perspective: The Old Bridge

Mostar today: A picture perspective

Historically, Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina was a model city for citizens of differing ethnic and religious backgrounds to peacefully co-exist. The Croat-Bosniak War in the early 1990s shattered that notion. We aren’t going to pretend to understand how the war has affected the people and city of Mostar today; we can only imagine that it isn’t the harmonious place it once was.… Read the rest


Introduction to Mostar: The Old Bridge

Introduction to Mostar: The Old Town, Old Bridge and War

We’re continuing our stay in the Balkan region, this time spending a week inland in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. I regrettably admit that my knowledge of this area is based on a weak recollection of high school social studies – and suffice it to say that isn’t getting me very far.… Read the rest