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TravelPod Member ReviewsAstra Hotel Sarajevo
What a lovely hotel. The staff at reception are delightful: smiling, helpful and friendly. Our room was spacious and full of character. Breakfast was excellent. This is a splendid place to stay, and is literally round the corner from the site of Franz Ferdinand's assassination.
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In all of our travels research we'd been advised about the poor roads in the likes of Serbia, Bosnia etc. Well the drive from Belgrade out towards the Bosnia border didn't disappoint. I don't think some of those roads have been looked at since prior to the war. What did surprise us though were the mountains we had to drive through on the Bosnian side of the border. They were enormous! We thought the Pyrenees took us up high, but I think we reached a ...
... mosque complex that is considered one of the finest examples of Ottoman architecture in the Balkans. We walked through an old alleyway where copper-smiths still ply their trade and enjoyed a taste of local snacks. We also explored Ferhadija, the Austrian quarter, along with the historic Latin bridge-site of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand that set the spark for World War I.
... and basically said "Screw you, I love her." And that's when the Russian Tsar and German Emperor Wilhelm stepped in, along with the Pope to convince Franz Joseph that the whole affair was bad for Europe and could even possibly start a huge war! (Foreshadowing)
He agreed on the marriage on the condition that Sophie and their offspring would never be in the royal line and could not attend official events even. And that included her ...
... of Cyrillic letters.
Me trying to read Cyrillic through a six-year-old Greek lens wasn't pretty, and few people we stopped spoke English, but we finally made it to our hotel and what a find! It felt like going back in time, like Mad Men or the history of Vegas. There was no hotel staff, just some dude in an expensive suit who took us to our room. We were the only people staying in the place. It was like the Balkan Playboy Mansion. There was a menagerie of animals in ...
... before joining the walking tour, commencing where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. There is nothing more to mark this event, which directly led to the commencement of the Second World War than a small plaque on the side of the building. Walking Sarajevo you are continuously confronted by buildings smothered in bullet holes and sidewalks still bearing the marks of grenades.
Food, wine and good international company I decided on my first relatively early ...