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Our journey in Bosnia and Hercegovina is coming to an end with the last day upon us. We plane to leave Sarajevo for Tuzla which is the site of the airport. Before taking off we want to refresh ourselves. The hottest day of our vacation is upon us. However, there is one more place close to Sarajevo which we want to see. This is the remains of once a bobsleigh track used for XIV Winter Olympis in 1984. Then the games took place in Yugoslavia. The trakc is located in the Trebevic mountain range southeast from Sarajevo on Jahorina mountain. The track was severely damaged during the war and mines were laid around. The remains of the track have been frequented by tourists lately. It is rather now a war memorial than a place which would be a memorial to the Olympics.
Upon our visit to Blidinje nature park and Jablanica town we drive on along E73 road to the northeast. Our goal is Bosnia and Hercegovina's capital Sarajevo. Once again we drive on the new section of the freeway. There are several exits to Sarajevo so don't take the first one hastily and wait for the one which directs you to the city center. Otherwise you could make your drive much longer.
Bosnia and Hercegovina, Blidinje Nature Park and Jablanica – Neverending Road, Beautiful Nature and Some Tidbits of History
Early in the morning we leave Mostar, join the E73 route in the direction to Sarajevo. We pass amazing mountain sceneries and eventually reach the town of Jablanica. We plan to stay here for a while but not now. By turning to the left we get deeper into the mountains some of which rise as high as 2 000 meters above sea level.
After our visit to Hutovo Blato nature park and the town of Pocitelj, we follow the road to get closer to Mostar. However, we turn left near the town, ride for another 10 kilometers and follow brown tourist boards towards the town of Blagaj. The town was conquered by the Turkish in 1466. This heavily shaped the architectonic look of the town.
We leave Kravica waterfalls in the direction to Čapljina and Stolac towns. Brown tourist boards along the road help us to navigate. Half an hour of ride later we leave waterfalls behind us and turn to Karaotok Motel Park before the town of Stolac. There is a camp before the hotel, an outdoor restaurant, an information center with very friendly staff ready to help you with trips and other things.
The following day morning, we departed Mostar for the place we were looking forward to the most. It is situated close to the Croatian border. We visited the place of beautiful Kravica waterfalls.
Early in the morning we take off from Bratislava heading to Tuzla about a forty-five minute flight. Tuzla is a town in the north of Bosnia and Hercegovina. We flew there because of cheap flight tickets (only about 500 CZK for a return ticket). Take in mind that the passport control at Bratislava airport is like earlier even if you have an electronic passport. Therefore, it takes sometimes a while before you get at the end of the line, sometimes mere minutes before the gate closes.
City, where man gets confused feelings. Charming markets, and yet beautiful architecture alien to us, the people who live by other values than we do, treacherous slippery stone walkways in the alleys or gloomy atmosphere that didn´t melt away even after so many years since the war. All this can be experienced in a town that seemed to not exceed the threshold of the 21st century.
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