Zagreb Christmas Market (Croatia)

During the winter holiday season, Europe becomes a popular destination for Christmas markets, which feature hundreds of stalls and stations serving up mulled wine, specialty food items and Christmas decor, usually congregating in parks and city squares.  Vienna and Berlin are the big daddies of the lot, but in 2016 a little-known Balkan city snuck…

Diplomatic Winter Bazaar

Every December in Sarajevo local embassies get together to throw a winter bazaar, hawking piles of treats, crafts and wears in the name of charity:  all proceeds from the bazaar are donated to local non-profits specializing in the care of children.  This year’s Diplomatic Winter Bazaar took place December 1st, and a new addition to…

Belgrade, Serbia

Another long weekend only means one thing: road trip.  This time that weekend was Thanksgiving, and given how much we had been – and will be – traveling through the holiday season, we decided to keep it easy.  Belgrade is only four to five hours from Sarajevo, and after listening to friends sing its praises…

Robert Visits Sarajevo, plus a Half Marathon

There is little I enjoy more right now than showing off Sarajevo to guests. The hikes, cafes, museums, cable car (!)… the list of sites and experiences goes on and on, and all endear Sarajevo to those who make the trek to visit. Robert and I covered much of the city and surrounding area while…

Račišće, Korčula Island (Croatia)

I promise – we do not spend all our time on vacation.  Brendan works his tail off at his day job, and my days and weeks are filled so full I rarely have downtime.  So we take advantage of every possible weekend away, especially during the summer months, and especially while we’re only three hours…

Fox Solo Trip: Vienna & Budapest

Getting around in the Balkans can be a bit of a challenge.  Highways are few and far between (connected by slow, two-lane roads that wind themselves through and around the mountainous region), and since the Balkans are broken up into various small countries with no freedom of movement treaties, no easy regional airline exists.  But…

Kotor, Montenegro

The Croatian coast can be a bit daunting during the summer months.  Europeans (namely, the Brits) flood in droves to the port towns of Dubrovnik and Split, and massive cruise ships regularly release up to 6,500 of their guests into the narrow, winding stone streets and onto hot, pebbly beaches.  But go a bit south…

Sarajevo Film Festival

About five years ago I gave up going to movie theaters.  I finally conceded that they, along with any other dark venues featuring flashing lights, were a trigger for my migraines and it was time for a change.  But now we’re living in Sarajevo, which this August hosted the 23rd annual Sarajevo Film Festival. Premiering…

Tara National Park and Višegrad

Since moving to Bosnia and Herzegovina, I have been chipping away at the weighty – and fantastic – Bridge on the Drina, a sweeping saga set in Višegrad and written by Nobel Prize-winning Ivo Andrić.  Višegrad is east of Sarajevo and the perfect distance for a road trip.  It also is near the Serbian border, across which…

Neum and Kravica Falls

After one of our recent Croatian coast weekends, we decided since we’re living in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) we really should spend a weekend on the Bosnian coast.  Bosnia is stunningly beautiful and so much fun to explore, yet we hadn’t so much as driven through its only port city, Neum.  It was time to change…