Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia- Herzegovina has lots of history. Once part of Yugoslavia it was under siege for three and a half years during the break up of the country in the 1990’s. During this time thousands of people were killed and many buildings damaged. You can still see the bullet holes but nowadays its a pleasant place to spend a day.
Mostar is the most important city in the Herzegovina region. On the Neretva river and best known for the Stari Most or Old Bridge it has a very exotic atmosphere, it doesn’t seem very European at all.
Zadar, on the Adriatic coast, is a great mixture of ruins and innovation. There are Roman and Venetian ruins in the old town right next to a solar light show and a sea organ.
Zadar has a lovely atmosphere, much more relaxed and less of a tourist trap than Dubrovnik, but lots to see and plenty of coffee shops (priorities!).
Lake Bled in the Julian alps is deservedly Slovenia’s most popular tourist site. Surrounded by forest with a medieval castle and with a church on a tiny island it has everything. The perfect place for a short break and one of my favourites.
The most popular day trip from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle Tour which takes you to the most famous sights in Iceland.
The main reason for our visit to Iceland was to chase the northern lights, the Aurora Borealis. This is never a certainty. Firstly when you book you are told the tour will be cancelled if the sky is not clear then there is no guarantee that you will see anything. Most of the tours do at least offer you another trip for free if you don’t see anything.
Reykjavik in February is beyond cold. With a thermal vest two jumpers and a ski jacket I still wasn’t warm. It was dark, windy and about minus 7 but it was amazing!