Once upon a time in the land of Bohemia, there was a beautiful town nestled on the banks of a curving river. On top of a craggy hill was a mighty castle where the royal family lived. Through the centuries, the town retained its medieval appearance; it escaped destruction by war or natural disaster. Today, that pristinely preserved town – Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic – invites visitors to step back in time onto cobblestone streets and walk the same paths of those from long ago.
During our visit to Sarajevo, we often struggled to see past the remnants of the war that occurred 20 years ago. The four-year long Siege of Sarajevo, no doubt, took a toll on the city. However, Sarajevo has many sights that are not related to the dark times of war. From historic landmarks to breathtaking landscapes, the Sarajevo sights are absolutely captivating.
Sarajevo sights: Old Town (Bascarsija)
Sarajevo sights: Religious buildings
Sarajevo sights: Landscapes
Visiting Sarajevo? Read about Sarajevo cuisine and what to eat in Sarajevo!
We want to know: What are your favorite Sarajevo sights? If you haven’t been to Sarajevo, what do you most want to see there? Tell us about it in the comments!
Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, pulses with life. It has all the tell-tale signs of a European city: rich in history, beautiful architecture, a plethora of cafes and a humming public transportation network. The city long ago merged from two medieval cities, Gradec and Kaptol, creating what is today’s center. We’ve spent the past few days strolling through the city discovering the best of Zagreb’s sights, starting in the 13th century upper town, Gradec.
Gradec sights: Funicular
With more than one way to get there, we chose the least strenuous: the funicular. Although the climb isn’t that steep, a ride on (what Zagreb claims to be) the shortest funicular in the world seemed a worthwhile way to go. The 50 cent ride takes less than a minute to ascend the slope and we were surprised that we were the only tourists in the full car.
Like nearly everywhere we’ve been, we haven’t exactly nailed down the local hours of consumption in Lecce, Italy. More than once we’ve found ourselves the only patrons in a sandwich shop at noon or a trendy pub at six in the evening. When we ventured into a crowded café late in the afternoon, we were the sole wine drinkers; everyone else sipped thick espressos. Although we are, inevitably, ordering the wrong thing at the wrong time, it hasn’t stopped us from getting our first taste of Lecce, Italy food.