Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Located in the center of the Balkans, Bosnia and Herzegovina is the perfect location for visiting the Balkan Peninsula. It’s a land of great physical beauty with mountainous areas and hilly regions defining much of the country. There are also numerous, gorgeous waterfalls to be visited. (Check out the first video below.) It also has many excellent ski resorts. The 14th Olympic games were held here in 1984. The capital city, Sarajevo, has several famous religious buildings to take in. The country also offers a unique ‘ethno village’ experience where villages have been recreated to show the history of different parts of the country in natural settings.

Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Videos: This 5-minute video showcases a top-10 list for sightseeing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Gorgeous. This 7-minute video also showcases a number of sights worth visiting in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

FunFacts about Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe, located within the Balkan Peninsula. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an almost landlocked country – it has a narrow coast at the Adriatic Sea, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) long surrounding the town of Neum. It is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south; Serbia to the east; and Montenegro to the southeast. (Source)
  • Sarajevo is the capital and largest city with a population of almost 400,000.
  • Geography of Bosnia and Herzegovina: the country is mountainous in the central and eastern interior, in the northwest it is moderately hilly, and the northeast it is mostly flatland.
  • The population of Bosnia and Herzegovina is 4.2 million.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina has had people living in this region from the Neolithic age.
  • The country was settled by Slavic people which populate the area today.
  • Brief history, quote: The Ottomans brought Islam to the region, and altered much of the cultural and social outlook of the country. This was followed by annexation into the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, which lasted up until World War I. In the interwar period, Bosnia and Herzegovina was part of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia and after World War II, it was granted full republic status in the newly formed Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Following the dissolution of Yugoslavia, the republic proclaimed independence in 1992, which was followed by the Bosnian War, lasting until late 1995. (Source)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina is comprised of Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks. But regardless of ethnicity, natives of the country are referred to as Bosnians.
  • In 2018, 1.25 million tourists visited Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina

One of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans  exists in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was built by the Ottomans and served as a crucial trading post for the Ottoman Empire and connected the East with the West. The city grew up around the bridge and gained its name from the bridge.  During the difficult war in the mid-nineties, the bridge was destroyed then later rebuilt. 

Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina ~ Videos: This 4-minute video gives an introduction to Mostar with intriguing information about the famous bridge. This 3-minute video is a lovely look at Mostar with some fun, time-lapse sequences.

FunFacts about Mostar Bosnia and Herzegovina: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Mostar is a city and the administrative center of Herzegovina-Neretva Canton of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Inhabited by 105,797 people, it is the most important city in the Herzegovina region, serving as its cultural and economic capital. (Source)
  • Mostar is situated on the Neretva River.
  • Mostar is the fifth-largest city in the country.
  • The name ‘Mostar’ comes from ‘mostari’ which means ‘bridge keepers’. The Old Bridge in Mostar is one of the most photographed bridges in the Balkans. In Medieval times, the ‘mostari’ guarded the ‘Stari Most’ or ‘Old Bridge’ over the Neretva River.
  • The Ottomans built the Old Bridge in the 16th century which is considered an exemplary achievement of Islamic architecture. It is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most visited landmarks.
  • Archaeological evidence of Roman occupation was discovered beneath the current city.
  • Mostar was in the Croat-Bosniak War and lost 2,000 people during the conflict. The Mostar Bridge was destroyed during the war and subsequently rebuilt. This war was part of the larger Bosnian War.
  • Traditional Mostar cuisine is a blend of Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean.
  • Ethnicity: nearly half the population of Mostar is comprised of Croats followed closely in number by Bosniaks. Serbs represent 4% of the population.
  • Mostar enjoys a Mediterranean climate.
  • Mostar has an international airport. Tourism is an important industry for the city.
  • The Balkans region is considered a cultural crossroads and the city of Mostar no less so. The following showcases the diversity of Mostar historically in some of its noteworthy sites, quote: Bishop’s Ordinariate building, the remains of an early Christian basilica at Cim, a hamam (Ottoman public bath), clock tower, Synagogue (1889) and Jewish Memorial Cemetery, Nesuh-aga Vučjaković Mosque, Hadži-Kurt Mosque or Tabačica, Metropolitan’s Palace (1908), Karagöz Bey Mosque (1557), Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (1873), Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery, Ottoman Residences (16th–19th century), Crooked Bridge, Tara and Halebija Towers. (Source)

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The Balkans

The Balkans

Also known as the Balkan Peninsula, the Balkans is a loose grouping of countries in a very mountainous region of southeastern Europe. Several countries fall entirely within the Balkans. Others, like Italy, have parts of its land within the peninsula. A portion of Turkey, for instance, is considered as part of the Balkans. Generally, the Balkans is comprised of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia. As a cultural crossroads, the Balkans has many faces.

The Balkans ~ Videos: This is a solid 6-minute video with highlights of several of the Balkan states.

FunFacts about the Balkans: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: The Balkans, also known as the Balkan Peninsula, is a geographic area in southeastern Europe with various definitions and meanings, including geopolitical and historical. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains that stretch throughout the whole of Bulgaria from the Serbian-Bulgarian border to the Black Sea coast. The Balkan Peninsula is bordered by the Adriatic Sea on the northwest, the Ionian Sea on the southwest, the Aegean Sea in the south and southeast, and the Black Sea on the east and northeast. (Source)
  • The northern boundary is often disputed but is often given as the Danube, Sava and Kupa Rivers.
  • The highest point of the Balkans is Mount Musala which is 2,925 metres (9,596 ft) high, in the Rila mountain range in Bulgaria.
  • Technically, the Balkans is not a peninsula, though it is often called one.
  • Generally, authorities refer to the Balkans as a region, specifically a region of southeast Europe.
  • ‘Balkan’ is a Turkish word from Ottoman Turkish that means ‘chain of wooded mountains’.
  • The Balkan Peninsula is about the size of Spain, and has a combined area of about 470,000 km2 (181,000 sq mi).
  • The following countries are entirely within the Balkan region: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia.
  • The following countries are partially within the Balkan region: Croatia (southern mainland), Greece (mainland), including islands adjacent to the Balkan Peninsula, Italy (Trieste and Monfalcone), Romania (mainland Dobruja), Serbia (Central Serbia), Slovenia (southwestern part) and Turkey (European part).
  • When hearing the term, ‘the Balkans’, generally it refers to a loose grouping of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Slovenia.
  • The Balkans is covered by a variety of mountain ranges.
  • The climate varies in the Balkans depending on location, whether near the sea or high in the mountains, or north or south or inland.
  • The Balkans was the first area of Europe to experience Neolithic farming culture.
  • The Balkans historically is a crossroads of cultures.
  • Currently, all the states in the Balkans are republics.
  • The Balkan region is ethnically very diverse. 

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The photos below, all from the Balkans, are from different countries which I didn’t name. But overall, there is a similarity: a lot of stone, the sea, mountains, and antiquities, great beauty.

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Frozen Soap Bubbles

Frozen Soap Bubbles

I didn’t know frozen soap bubbles was a thing until I saw photos on Pixabay. I was immediately drawn to them. They are like little pieces of art.

Have you ever done this yourself, those of you who live in snow country? 

Here is a link to one of the best videos I watched. As a bonus, it has the nicest sound track as well. The photo below is just one of several I collected, but isn’t it beautiful?!?

If you want to try doing this even in the heat of summer, you can blow bubbles onto a plate that then goes into the freezer. Check out the instructions here. I think the next time DH and I babysit the grandkids, we may give this a shot. 

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Rabbits

Rabbits

I have something super precious for you today: Bunnies. After two rabbits showed up in my yard, I decided I had to do a blog about them. My visitors looked like any of the brownish-gray bunnies in the photos below. I only saw each of them a few times. Once, when I went out to shut the water off, I saw the baby bunny in my northwest island next to one of the Party-Plant Lantana. He was only ten feet away. He froze then eyed me for about fifteen seconds, then hopped into the lantana and disappeared from sight. I let him be hoping he’d stick around. I will treasure this memory for a long time. Unfortunately, that was over a week ago and I’m sorry to say, I haven’t seen him again.

The other bunny, who was full-grown, used to come in to do some chomping then would sit on the tall rock at the back of the garden and groom himself. I’d never been around rabbits, so it surprised me when he cleaned his face and his ears then took to licking the fur on his stomach. It was so cat-like that I’m still smiling when I think about it. 

The Photo Below: Using my cell phone, I took this photo of him from the window of my kitchen. The rock on which he’s perched is at least forty feet away. That meant to even see him, I had to enlarge the photo and in doing so, I lost a lot of the detail. I even had to add texture to the photo to get the bunny to show up. But there he is. I miss seeing him on that rock in the mornings.

That I haven’t seen either rabbit for a while leads me to wonder if a predator got to them both. We have so darn many in our area that it’s more a wonder to me that any of them survive. But I’ll keep hoping.

FunFacts about Rabbits (Source) (Source)

  • The female rabbit is called a doe, the male is a buck, and the babies are called kits.
  • Female rabbits can reproduce at 4 months, males at 7 months.
  • A female gestates for about 30 days and will give birth on average from 4 to 12 babies.
  • In a given year, therefore, one female rabbit could be responsible for producing a total of 800 children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
  • Rabbits are born blind, naked and live in a fur-lined nest the first few days of their lives.
  • Jackrabbits have been clocked at speeds up to 45 miles per hour.
  • More than half of the world’s rabbits live in North America.
  • Rabbits live about 10 years.
  • Rabbits are meticulously clean animals and are easy to house-break.
  • A happy bunny will perform ‘binkies’, that is, they will jump up in the air, twist and spin around.

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Elderberries

Elderberries

Elderberry wine has been in my consciousness since I can remember. But I’ve never had a glass of it. I’ve never seen or tasted an elderberry and I can’t recall the source of my memory. My best guess is that it was in a book I read many years ago or perhaps in a movie or TV show. So, when I saw photos of elderberries, I knew I wanted to bring the topic here because I am sure many of you have either made the wine yourselves or sampled elderberries in deserts or cordials. I would love to know! My first question for those of you who have grown up with them, were you warned about the poisonous nature of the plant and the berries?

First, a small bit of folklore about the elderberry shrub/tree. Some lore insists that the elder tree can ward off evil and protect against witches. While other lore says that witches like to gather beneath the trees while they’re in full fruit. Maybe I’ll have one of my witches in the Flame Series have an elder tree in her backyard, lol!

FunFacts about Elderberries (Source) (Source) (Source)

  • The elderberry is part of the Sambucus family of which there are up to 30 different species.
  • The fruit of the elderberry is purple-to-black in color and is produced in clusters in the fall.
  • Elderberry fruit can be poisonous consumed raw. Cooking is advisable to remove the toxicity. Only Sambucus nigra is considered non-poisonous, yet some cooking is still advised.
  • The flowers of the elderberry can be used to produce an elderflower cordial.
  • Romanians have a soft drink made from elderflowers that steep with water, yeast and lemon for 2-3 days. It’s called ‘Socata’.
  • Birds and butterflies love elderberry shrubs and trees.
  • Elderberry shrubs and trees produce white, fragrant blossoms in the spring and summer.
  • Elderberries are used in jams, jellies, yogurts, pies and other baked goods.
  • Elderberries are also used to create wine, brandy and gin, especially in certain European countries.
  • Elderberries have been used as medicine for a long time to treat a variety of ailments: Rheumatism, the common cold and flu, for constipation, or as a diuretic and even for AIDS.
  • Elderberry shrubs and trees can live from 80 to 100 years.

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Shared Meals

Shared Meals

I have an April birthday and our family makes an effort to celebrate each occasion, something I love to do. When I was asked what I wanted to do, the answer was simple: Come to the house, let’s share a meal.

I know. We could have gone to a restaurant and mostly that’s what we do. We’re all supremely busy. Can you relate? So sometimes it’s easier or just plain-old preferred to enjoy a shared meal at a restaurant. But for my birthday, I wanted everyone in my home.

We kept it simple with cold cuts, cheese slices, potato salad (two kinds), a cracked wheat salad, carrot sticks, an assortment of olives (my faves are a Kalamata in olive oil from Trader Joe’s), potato chips, good bread (gluten-free for me and my daughter), blueberries, blackberries, and all kinds of beverages including a sweet pink Prosecco. (I’m a fan of the color pink and of sparkling wines.) Instead of a birthday cake, I asked my daughter to head to our favorite gluten-free bakery and pick up a variety of to-die-for cupcakes. With two grandchildren under the age of 6, the cupcakes were a big hit.

We have three birthdays this summer and we’ll be getting together in a couple of weeks to celebrate them all. My guess is we’ll be heading to my daughter’s favorite restaurant which serves excellent gluten-free pizza. But where we go hardly matters. We get to be together and that means more to me than anything else in the world.

What inspired this blog was seeing some photos of tables all set and ready for dining. What is your favorite shared meal?

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August Winners: Pansy P., Tamara K., Marie S.

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New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, August 24, 2017! On Friday, August 25th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

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Lynx

Lynx

I love cats. I always have. I grew up with them which I know makes a huge difference in terms of having an affection for the feline species. I’ve also been fascinated by the ‘big’ cats in our world, like lions and tigers, and feature them weekly in the header of my  ‘Fanged Up’ weekday Caris Roane newsletter. One of my characters in the Rapture’s Edge series has a pet leopard. The character, Yolanthe, is quite unlikable except for her love for her leopard.

Lynx are unique in the cat world because of their stubby tails and the tufts of fur at the tips of their pointed ears. Isn’t that a beautiful face? Nature absolutely amazes me. Look at the design and variety in this animal, in its coat and coloring, the tufts, the nose, the dark mouth. What’s not to love? Or if not to love, then to admire?

FunFacts about the Lynx (Source) (Source)

  • There are four species of lynx, the bobcat being one of them.
  • Lynx have compact legs, stubby tails and pointed tufts of fur at the tops of their ears designed to aid their hearing.
  • They are shorter compared with other ‘big’ cats and are only 32 to 40 inches in length. Weight: 22-44 pounds.
  • Most lynx are uniquely built for the snow. Besides having thick fur, their paws are especially thick and tend to spread to create cat-like snowshoes.
  • They are related to tigers, lions, the domestic cat and other members of the Felidae family.
  • Habitat: North America, Northern Europe, Asia.
  • Bobcats aren’t built for colder areas and lack the thick, padded paws of their snow-loving cousins. They generally live in forests, swamps and deserts.
  • Color: Medium brown, to goldish, to beige-white, sometimes with brownish spots on their limbs. All species of lynx have white fur on their chests, bellies and the insides of their legs.
  • Lynx hunt at night and sleep during the day.
  • Lynx are highly territorial and live solitary lives.
  • Lynx mature anywhere from 2 to 2 ½ years of age.
  • Females gestate 62-73 days and produce 1 to 8 kittens per litter. The kittens nurse for 4 to 5 months but stay with mom for the first year. Mothers will often purr while taking care of their young.

***This Week’s Giveaway is Closed!!!***

The winner is Dianne K.C.! Congratulations!

For a chance to win this paranormal romance bracelet, scroll to the bottom of the page and read the details for entering. You will be leaving a comment as the entry requirement. Giveaway ends midnight, Arizona time, August 24, 2017.

Last Week’s Winner: Pansy P.

August Winners: Tamara K. and Marie S.

And now, here are the photos! Enjoy!  (Photos from Pixabay…)

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***This Week’s Giveaway is Closed!!!***

The winner is Dianne K.C.! Congratulations!

August Winners: Pansy P., Tamara K., Marie S.

To be in the running for this handcrafted paranormal romance bracelet, made by yours truly, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Also, feel free to post comments on every Caris Roane blog, Monday thru Thursday this week, to increase your chances of winning this week’s prize drawing. Only one win per month allowed!

New contest ends midnight, Arizona time, on Thursday, August 24, 2017! On Friday, August 25th, Arizona time, I’ll select the winning blog then the winning comment. I’ll use Random.org to make my selection! You may only win once per month. International winner receives gift card.

*** This week’s giveaway! *** To be entered into the giveaway drawing, please leave a comment about lynx. Have you ever seen one close up? Do you have a favorite among the big cats? Which photo did you like best? Feel free to share whatever comes to mind and share from the heart. 

And tell us where you’re from! I’m from Buckeye, Arizona, not far from Phoenix. (That’s the Desert Southwest, USA.)

Above all: Live the fang!!!