Friday, July 10, 2009

Banja Luka tour...

Here are some of Laura's pictures so you can see Banja Luka from her perspective: Enjoy!

This is the "new" Orthodox church which has just been finished. The original church was destroyed during World War 2 by the Germans, and they started rebuilding during the last war in the early 90s. And it took them until now to completely finish it:
Gospodska street: this is the main walking street in Banja Luka. Every Bosnian town has a walking street where people walk during the day and especially at night: it is all about seeing and being seen! During the summer months it is jam packed with people strolling along, eating icecream...
This is part of the "Kastel" Fortress which is Banja Luka's main historical trademark. Unfortunately, as you can see, it is falling down and no one is spending any money to fix it or keep it from breaking down more...Now, these are some views from the place where she is staying (hey Lea, recognise these?). Very typical Bosnian/former Yugoslavian building style:
And I had to laugh at this one: The view into the balcony across the way:
I get so used to seeing these things every day it does take someone coming in to remind me that these are actually quite typical of here and not that usual anywhere else!

1 comment:

Shilo said...

Wow! Some really amazing buildings there!

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