Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bosnia Herzegovina (Yugoslavia) - Sarajevo - April 1970

 Driving through the hills from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo was very spectacular indeed, dry and arid in some places, very wooded in others.  As we drove through very small villages children recognized the kangaroo on the side of the Taxi would sing,  Skippy... Skippy... Skippy the bush kangaroo! They couldn't speak English but they could sing the signature tune of the 1967 - 1968 Australian TV show, very sweet.

We passed a few of these restaurants in the middle of nowhere, there weren't a lot of them and we always passed them just after we'd eaten a meal, which frustrated us enormously because the smell of the whole lamb roasting on a spit was very enticing.  These restaurants were always situated on the high side of the road and beside a running stream, the Lamb was rotated by the running water and... across the road was the loo, also situated above the running stream, wonderful way to flush it but I wouldn't like the be the people down stream!!
 Entering Sarajevo and a treat for David, a PCC Tram!

 The Town Hall, which the Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria had just left before being shot and killed, along with his wife Sophie, on June 28th 1914.   It was this and a chain of other events that started World War 1.

 Pennie standing outside the Gavrilo Princip Museum, in his footprints in fact!   We couldn't believe this museum was set up for the man who was a killer and who, history declares, started the First World War.

From Wiki:  The Gavrilo Princip museum has been turned into a museum dedicated to Archduke Ferdinand and the Habsburg monarchy. Prior to the 1990s the site on the pavement on which Princip stood to fire the fatal shots was marked by embossed footprints. These were removed as a consequence of the 1992-1995 war in Bosnia and the perception of Princip as having been a Serb nationalist. Later, a simple wooden memorial was placed near the site of the assassination with the words "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in Bosnian, Serbian and English. There is a plaque in front of the museum at the spot where Gavrilo Princip stood when he fired the shots.

 A London RTW Double Decker Bus used in Sarajevo for overhead line maintenance.

From Dubrovnik to Sarajevo.  Google Maps won't let me Google along the roads, I guess they just haven't been there done that!

P.S.     I received the below in a comment which I thought was interesting and helpful explaining about Gavrilo Princip.

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Story about Gavrilo Princip is much more complex and needs deep knowledge of history. Bosnia and Herzegovina was annexed by Austro-hungary and archduke has been visiting military exercises. Organization called Young Bosnia consisted from Serbs, Croats and Muslims organized assassination. Sophia was not target, just collateral damage. And that didn't started 1. world war, that was just good excuse for Austro-hungary and Germany to start war by accusing Serbia for assassination and forcing Serbia to accept unacceptable ultimatum and bombing Belgrade capitol of Serbia. Gavrilo Princip was underaged so Austro-hungary could not sent him to death penalty but other members of Young Bosnia were executed. Gavrilo was held in harsh conditions so he died after 3 years. Gavrilo's relative was hero in 2nd world war.

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Zlatan Kadragić said...

Story about Gavrilo Princip is much more complex and needs deep knowledge of history. Bosnia and Herzegovina was annexed by Austro-hungary and archduke has been visiting military exercises. Organization called Young Bosnia consisted from Serbs, Croats and Muslims organized assassination. Sophia was not target, just collateral damage. And that didn't started 1. world war, that was just good excuse for Austro-hungary and Germany to start war by accusing Serbia for assassination and forcing Serbia to accept unacceptable ultimatum and bombing Belgrade capitol of Serbia. Gavrilo Princip was underaged so Austro-hungary could not sent him to death penalty but other members of Young Bosnia were executed. Gavrilo was held in harsh conditions so he died after 3 years. Gavrilo's relative was hero in 2nd world war.