April 30, 2008

Postcards from the Balkans

I'll have some proper material for you shortly, but I'm moving around a lot right now and don't have much time to sit down and write. So here's a photo gallery of the Middle East of Europe on the road to Kosovo:

Belgrade Blocks 1.jpg
Tower blocks, Belgrade, Serbia

Hotel Moscow Belgrade.jpg
Hotel Moskva (Moscow), Belgrade, Serbia

Kids on Tank Belgrade.jpg
Kids playing on tank, Belgrade, Serbia

Mona Shop Belgrade.jpg
A pleasant street, Belgrade, Serbia

Ethnic Cleansing Bosnia.jpg
An ethnically-cleansed Muslim village near the Serbian Republica Srpska, Bosnia

Tuzla from Car.jpg
Tuzla, Bosnia, no sniper fire

Fountain and Minaret Sarajevo.jpg
Turkish Quarter, Sarajevo, Bosnia

European Quarter Sarajevo 1.jpg
Austro-Hungarian section, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Communist Crap Sarajevo.jpg
Communist crap, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Holiday Inn and Towers Sarajevo.jpg
The famous Holiday Inn hotel for war correspondents, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Lampost Library Sarajevo.jpg
A lampost across from the burned out National Library, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Restaurant Nook Sarajevo.jpg
Restaurant nook, Sarajevo Bosnia

Turkish Quarter Residential Sarajevo.jpg
An old residential district, Sarajevo, Bosnia

Posted by Michael J. Totten at April 30, 2008 2:20 PM


Pretty! Best of luck on your new adventure!

Posted by: ProtestShooter Author Profile Page at April 30, 2008 4:33 PM

"Communist crap"

-- Best. Caption. Ever.

Posted by: JC Author Profile Page at May 1, 2008 12:56 AM

Great pictures.

Posted by: Marc Author Profile Page at May 1, 2008 7:37 AM

Nice photos! The communist crap is awful, especially when compared to the old residential district and the nice view from the restaurant window. But it is nicer than the Holiday Inn.

Posted by: maryatexitzero Author Profile Page at May 1, 2008 1:24 PM

Lots of yellow/gold highlights in these shots. Lamppost and nook are an homage to My Marrakesh?

Posted by: 13times Author Profile Page at May 1, 2008 8:57 PM

Communist Crap -- exactly! Havel called them Rabbit Hutches.

Panelaki (made from concrete panels of poor quality).

Yet, on the inside in a polite person's flat, not so bad.
Tiny kitchen, single toilet separate from single bath with no shower curtain (nor rod) but a hand held shower.

Isn't the lower building a school or some gov't office? On another side from that with all the windows is likely to be balconies, where the folks can hang out the laundry to dry (almost no automatic dryers).

Similar crap in Moscow, so it's not like the commies were just forcing the colonies to do it -- they really believed it was better. Notice lots of green between the buildings, there is a (very small) upside to the too dense buidlings with green space between. Not really designed for cars -- what is the traffic like?

In Bratislava it's been getting worse every year since '89.

Posted by: Tom Grey - Liberty Dad Author Profile Page at May 2, 2008 9:51 AM

Did you happen to see Tuzla airfield? What has come of that area now? It was Eagle Base, headquarters for MND-N during the Stabilization Force tours in the late 90s early 00s. Is it a civilian airfield now?

Posted by: Saint in Exile Author Profile Page at May 8, 2008 8:44 AM

lol i like the pic of the kids playing on the tank

Posted by: william Author Profile Page at May 12, 2008 6:42 AM
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