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Amsterdam

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    Usually I try to put photos into some sort of logical order. With Amsterdam, I just gave up. Many of them were taken from the boat, others are just streets scenes that we happened upon.

Zagreb

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    Taken from the Zagreb Eye, an observation deck overlooking the city. Zagreb is a city with a rich history dating from Roman times to the present day. The oldest settlement in the urban area of the city is Andautonia, a Roman settlement in the place of today's Ščitarjevo. The name "Zagreb" is mentioned for the first time in 1094 at the founding of the Zagreb diocese of Kaptol, although the origin of the city's name remains a mystery. Zagreb became a free royal town in 1242. In 1851 Zagreb had its first mayor, Janko Kamauf, and in 1845 it was made the capital of Croatia. According to the 2001 Croatian census Zagreb has 779,145 inhabitants and at that time was the biggest city of Croatia by area and population. (wiki)

Belgrade

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    Belgrade Fortress (Kalemegdan Citadel on the map), at the confluence of the Danube and the Sava, is the core and oldest section of the urban area of Belgrade. The first mention of the city is when it was founded in the 3rd century BC. From an on-line blog: "Belgrade is a gray and gritty city. You would be too if you had been completely destroyed 44 times, witnessed 115 major battles, had 40 different names and served as the capital of five different states. Celts, Romans, Huns and the Eastern Roman Empire all had a hand at occupying or razing the city to the ground. And that’s before the recent Balkan Wars took their toll."

Sarajevo

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    A Sarajevo Rose -- a concrete scar caused by a mortar shell's explosion that was later filled with red resin. Mortar rounds landing on concrete create a unique fragmentation pattern that looks almost floral in arrangement. Because Sarajevo was a site of intense urban warfare and suffered thousands of shell explosions during the Siege of Sarajevo, the marked concrete patterns are a unique feature to the city.

Mostar

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    This is what Mostar is most famous for -- Stari Most (English: Old Bridge) is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 by Croat forces during the Croat–Bosniak War.The rebuilt bridge opened on 23 July 2004. It's about 80 feet high, and 98 feet long.

Dubrovnik - city wall

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    The old city is still surround by the city wall -- constructed mainly during the 12th–17th centuries, it runs an uninterrupted course of approximately 6,360 ft in length, encircles most of the old city, and reaches a maximum height of about 82 ft). The bulk of the existing walls and fortifications were constructed during the 14th and 15th centuries, but were continually extended and strengthened up until the 17th century.

Dubrovnik cable car

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    A 4-minute ride transports visitors 778 meters to a plateau offering Old City views & a restaurant.

Split

  • ... known for its beaches and the fortresslike complex at its center, Diocletian's Palace, erected by the Roman emperor in the 4th century. Once home to thousands, its sprawling remains include more than 200 buildings.

Ljubljana

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    One of my very favorite cities -- clean, friendly, environmentally savvy, still inexpensive, lovely