Around the World in 18 Barbers’ Chairs

From Bulgaria to Vietnam, Shawn visits barber shops around the world.

The Eclectic Windows of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina

To wander Sarajevo’s streets is to journey through the centuries while diving into a grab bag of architectural styles. In the city’s Baščaršija district, which feels like Istanbul in miniature, artisans craft Turkish-style copper coffee pots under towering minarets and mosques dating back to the 16th century. Along the Miljacka River, the city’s Vijećnica building —Continue reading “The Eclectic Windows of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina”

A Peaceful Nap in Sarajevo, 100 Years Later

A dog naps in the afternoon light on the Sarajevo street corner where Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie, were assassinated 100 years ago today. Special events in Sarajevo will commemorate the 28 June 1914 shooting, which is said to have been the spark that started World War One. There are differing opinions about the event, withContinue reading “A Peaceful Nap in Sarajevo, 100 Years Later”

Photo du Jour: Meeting of the Matryoshki – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Matryoshka dolls await buyers at a market in Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina. The first set of such wooden nesting dolls was made in the late 1890s. The word matryoshka, or матрёшка, means “little maiden” in Russian. The designs of the delightful dolls featured above are pretty traditional, however, in countries such as the Czech Republic and Russia, I’veContinue reading “Photo du Jour: Meeting of the Matryoshki – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina”