Ostrog, Montenegro

Blond sheperdesses exist in fairy tales, cartoons and in Montenegro. The country is one of the poorest in Europe. It officially split from Serbia on June 3, 2006 and both nations are currently trying to enter the European Union. April 2014. Les bergères blondes existent dans les contes de fées, les dessins animés et au…

Trogir, Croatia

I was on a bridge in Trogir, between the old city and the harbor when I took this picture. All of a sudden, a few dozens of Croatian men started to walk up the bridge. It was around 3pm. It could be that they were workers leaving work from a shipbuilding plant. I do not…

Budva, Montenegro

In Budva, you may spot the difference in living standards between local people with their fishing boats and people living on yachts in the harbor. Budva is often referred to as the « Montenegrin Kuwait », because of the number of resident millionaires compared to its relatively small population. Following a real estate boom in the early…

Dubrovnik, Croatia

Palm Sunday in Dubrovnik is unthinkable without ‘pomica’ (plaited palm leaves), which are taken to church be blessed. The tradition of plaiting palm leaves is specific to the Dubrovnik area and does not exist anywhere else. The bishop of Dubrovnik blesses the palm leaves on the stairs of the beautiful church of Saint-Blaise. April 2014.…

Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Mostar Bridge was a very famous and historical bridge before its destruction during the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina. The bridge was bombarded by a tank on November 9th, 1993 and collapsed into the river below. With the support of UNESCO, a new bridge was built, similar to the old one and opened in…

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor is often wrongly considered to be Europe’s southernmost fjord. But who cares? The beauty of the bay with its islands and villages is undeniable. This local man did not seem to pay much attention to it though. April 2014. Les Bouches de Kotor forment une baie qui est souvent considérée à…

Split, Croatia

The Good Friday mass with the bishop in Split takes place in the cathedral that used to be the mausoleum of the Roman emperor Diocletian, in the middle of his palace. It is quite ironical since Diocletian is mostly remembered for having ordered the bloodiest official persecution of Christianity in the Roman empire. These young…