This was because when the hotel was built it was on the edge of the Old City, on open ground where the travelling circuses would pitch their tents. So the press circus too came to town in We did not need to go out to the war, because the war came in to us. Sebastian Rich the ITN cameraman was badly injured by a shard of glass when he stood too near to the entrance; his injury was treated with vodka, the only disinfectant available. Least of all, because of the extreme dangers, did we venture out at night. Reluctantly or not — and there were two schools of thought — we tended to spend the evening hours in the bar.
We took its weirdness for granted. The hotel was damaged during battles in April and May , but opened its shattered doors to us shortly afterwards. Morrison pays proper tribute to the staff who kept the operation going against the odds, explaining how staff developed their own survival strategies. The war zone currency was deutschmarks, the war zone cigarettes were Marlborough, and the war zone whisky was Ballantines.
The management sometimes required payment in advance, on the reasonable grounds that they had no way of knowing whether their guests would survive until check-out time. Then there was the question of whether the Holiday Inn was deliberately targeted, which we discussed at the time among ourselves, and to which Morrison devotes a well-balanced chapter.
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They had a battery of mountain guns positioned on high ground near Pale, with the hotel clearly in its line of sight. The battery commander, Colonel Jovo Bartula, assured me he had no intention of firing on the city, and objected strongly to being called a war criminal in his own country. Morrison speculates, as we all did, that there may have been some secret and lucrative deal to save the hotel from destruction.
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Or maybe the presence of the foreign press, and sometimes the United Nations, conferred on it some kind of immunity. We certainly did not feel immune at the time: and one of the receptionists was badly wounded on open ground at the back.
For me the book released a flood of memories. He was wounded during the war and took his own life after it. With the Dayton Agreement in and the onset of peace of a sort, the journalists left followed by many international workers. In it closed its doors for a while, having been caught up in a failed privatisation and an ownership dispute.
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In the old town of Sarajevo our office or your pickup address , meet your Sarajevo Siege survivor guide and begin your 4-hour small-group tour. Built for the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, today called Hotel Holiday, during the Siege used to be home to various foreign journalists and reporters who were reporting on Bosnian war and Siege of Sarajevo.
Short walk along the infamous Sniper Alley and few interesting stories related to this place are planned in.
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At the Tunnel we shall see a short movie about the War in Sarajevo and Tunnel, followed by going through the Tunnel itself. At the exhibition part of the museum we will have the opportunity to see many interesting exhibits directly connected with the Siege of Sarajevo. The trip to the tunnel and all the way in the tunnel is covered with a true first person experience of classy guide, survivor of the Siege of Sarajevo, who is always willing to answer question no matter what they are.
We will learn about the origins of the War on Balkans and Death of Yugoslavia, the dreams Serbian leaders have had, and how they succeeded to seduce large number of Serbian nationalists throughout the whole Balkans, and made them go to war. Sarajevo Bobsleigh, originally built for the Sarajevo Winter Olympics, is one of the main highlights of the tour. Once there, we can admire Yugoslavian brutalist architecture, and learn more about the unfortunate events which took place at this location during the Siege of Sarajevo, since it used to stand on one of the main front lines.
However, Bobsled is today featured at the top of the Worlds most beautiful abandoned places lists. It holds amazing amount of various graffiti by artists from all around the World, and you have a chance to see them all. There you will get the real feeling what the great mice and cats game had been played, and how the Republic of Srpska forces VRS with such a great advantage never got the real chance to take over Sarajevo city. Upon return to the city, last stop of the day will be Jewish Cemetery, known for its historical importance as it is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.
However, during the Siege of Sarajevo it was the main front line and sniper nest of the Republic of Srpska army, overlooking the infamous Sniper Alley. Today serves as great viewpoint above Sarajevo and offers insight into better understanding of Siege of Sarajevo. Where do I even begin? We experienced so much thanks to them. All of it was so incredible. It was informative, eye-opening, and more than I can put into words.
In fact, it makes me feel completely inept at writing to try to put words to the experiences we had. We laughed, we cried, and we laughed some more. We learned about politics, history, geography, division, unity, languages, cruelty, kindness and most of all, the resilience of the human heart. Guides were all terrific. We felt like we were spending time with good friends.
Special mention to Saudin and Almir, who added so much to our Srebenica experience with both humor and poetry — they are fantastic together. We will be back! The work he is doing is so important. They truly want you to know Sarajevo and Bosnia and Herzegovina as it is, and it is a wonderful place. Besides their amazing staff, another thing that sets them apart is their commitment to a personal experience, evidenced by the fact that they keep their groups small. Sarajevo itself is now one of our favorite cities, and Bosnia is a beautiful country with so much to see and do.
Very interesting spots along the way as well. Thanks to this incredible tour and our amazing guide Amela we got to know and learn a lot about the city of Sarajevo. We felt really pleased with the guide because even though she was very young, she was able to answer all the questions we asked her about Sarajevo. Also she was super nice! I think it is a great way to know Sarajevo and its history and it only takes half a day! The first was a personal tour booked through Yugotour with Omer in his Bosnian-built Golf 2!
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Got to see some fantastic sights, and learn so much about the recent history and current situation in Bosnia. Best of all, I got to drive the car across town — a fantastic experience! The second tour was the half-day Siege tour, which was also fascinating. The whole team at Funky Tours were so professional, helpful and friendly, going out of their way to ensure I got the best experience.
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