A two-week vacation at the beach - yay! Viganj is a small village on the Pelješac peninsula in southern Adriatic Sea and a paradise for windsurfers and kitesurfers as there is always wind blowing, especially mistral, which is ideal for surfing.
We stayed in Viganj and drove around the peninsula. Among the places we visited were Orebić, the main town of Pelješac, two small villages of Lovište and Žuljana, and one day we took a ferry across to Island Korčula.
After two weeks of beach and surfing in Viganj we headed to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The first destination was Mostar, a town on the Neretva River, which was named after the Old Bridge. Mostar is also famous for being on of the hottest places in Europe (some say the world) and when we were there in late August, it was 48 degrees Celsius (118 F) and so hot I couldn't stand still because my feet were burning from the hot pavement.
Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is a city with a turbulent past. Many of the buildings have been rebuilt after the war, but there are still a lot of remainders of the horror that went on. The old part of town with Baščaršija (bazaar) is lovely and the ubiquitous čevapčići served at every corner are delicious.
From Sarajevo we drove to the north, past the industrial town of Zenica to Travnik with its impressive fortress Kaštel. You can't visit Jajce without seeing its famous waterfall. It was sad to see, however, that the area around it, which used to be a popular tourist spot, is now in the state of total disrepair. The drive further north to Banka Luka offered some great views of the river Vrbas canyon.