Jajce…what a pleasant surprise!
Surely you happened to visit new places using the fact that you have a friend who lives over there and that it’s a pleasure to meet. It happened to me thousands of times and still keeps happening! For the 1° of May I decided to go and see Stephanie Ploquin, a volunteer who is doing her EVS in Jajce, a small city of Bosnia. After a longer travel than expected (I waited 4 hours to cross the border) I have finally arrived at destination. The first reaction I had visiting the city was: WOW! I never imagined that there were so many things to see and visit!
Although it’s not a big city, Jajce is known throughout the Balkans because it hosted a conference that laid the foundations of Yugoslavia. The building that hosted this big event is just one of the many historic buildings closed in the city. The temple of the ancient god Mithras is one of those that stuck me particularly. It’s possible to see the remains perfectly preserved through the protective glass of the building protecting it. What made me smile was how it was discovered, in fact it was accidently found by a resident who wanted to build a private building in that place and….ops! He found a piece of history!
Among the historic buildings that I have visited, I must, of course, mention the magnificent fortress of Jajce. It is located above the city and get there without being out of breath is not an easy undertaking, but it’s worth it! Once getting inside you feel immersed in another atmosphere. If it weren’t for my camera that reminds me to be in the XXI century I would have sworn to be in full medieval ages! It goes without saying that the view from up there was spectacular. From every corner of the fortress I could see all those buildings that stretched to its feet and then in front of the city walls.
It’s not just these monuments and their history to make Jajce special. The real “star” is the nature that dominates this city. We were having a walk along the river that flows in the historic centre when something caught my attention…hey over there the river ends and I cannot see anything else!!! You have to do a few more steps to admire the extraordinary Pliva’s waterfalls…what a spectacle! Although I’m not a big fan of nature, I must say that this landscape stumped me; I think to have repeated “wow! It’s great” at least 5 times. I had the same reaction when strolling along Pliva’s lakes we run into the beautiful complex of the wooden mills. For a passionate about photography like me it was a hoot!
In short, thank to Stephanie I discovered a place that is worth visiting! If you are around here or you want to do an EVS in these areas I suggest you to go to Jajce…despite the road is not exactly the best I can assure that you will love it!
Ps: Don’t forget to taste the typical Bosnian coffee served with Lokum, a small Turkish sweet that you cannot see in the picture because I couldn’t resist the temptation!
Writed by Monia De Marcellis
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