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When summer rolls around baking goes out of the window mostly. You simply don't want to fiddle about in the kitchen or heat the oven. I'm personally more concentrated on making cold treats (more of which you will see in the upcoming posts), but this cake is the exception to the rule. It's easy to make, uses fresh seasonal fruit and there isn't a lot of work around it. Actually you simply make the batter and lay the fruit on top and bake it in the oven. Doesn't get simpler then that. 

The end result is a melting and soft vanilla cake layer and a fresh tasting fruit layer on top. This cake comes highly recommended and is modified from a recipe by Laura Vitale. I hope you will enjoy it, it was gone within two days in our house!


When summer  hits Mostar, two things can happen. We either get very high, dry heat (which is more common) or we get rain storms (which are less common). Somewhere in between lie days like today, when we have calmer temperatures. This gives plenty of time to go out for walks. Especially the evenings are very nice then. I captured these shots on my way back home from a walk. This is the 52nd Through My Lens, and it has been one year since we started all of this. It's unbelievable how much the link up has grown in one year. I want to thank each and every one for visiting and linking in. Expect some new recipes and travel posts in the upcoming posts this week. 



I'm going low key today with a single image, which I haven't done in a long time :) It's usually more extensive posts here. But since I'm preparing some bigger posts I wanted to go simple for a moment. Summer nights are always interesting to observe, especially when there is a full moon in the sky like it was yesterday night. In the shot above I let the clouds roll by for a good 20 seconds, and since it was windy it resulted in a blurry motion. The clouds hid the full moon, which illuminated them from behind.

Since the days are getting hotter here, so do the nights, but last night was a bit nicer. As I went to bed I could still look up at the sky and the full moon lit everything up so clearly. In those quiet moments falling asleep is such a easy and wonderful task...


We have had really enjoyable days here in Mostar lately. No heat just wonderful summer days. Tourists from all over the world are swarming into the city now and the Old Town of Mostar is filled with them. I took these shots last night while out, and I hope to share more in the upcoming post. Until then, please feel free to link in and share sights from your corner of the world.
Summer at the seaside is both enjoyable and beautiful. Especially in the evenings when the sun starts to set and the atmosphere calms down. If you happen to be at a spot where you can see the sun low and deep orange then you will be really happy. Those sights are the most precious ones. These images were taken in Zablace, Croatia. I was visiting a fortress close by, and on my way back the sun started to set. Luckily I had my tripod close by. I hope you'll enjoy them.

We are rounding things out at Through My Lens this week, as the 50th edition is happily entering this world. This also means that in two weeks the meme will be one year old (but that's a separate post). I want to thank each and every one of you who links in and shares their world with me and the rest of us. I'm always happy to browse through and take a peek at your posts and images. So in that sense, let us once again see what life looks like through your lens.



Btw. these images are from the amazing Fortress of St. Nikola in Sibenik. For a in-depth look check out my full post here.


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As the night went on we tracked bravely into the uncharted (at least they were for us) inner parts of the old town of Split. You have to imagine (although you can see some of it) narrow streets, intertwining, merging and leading away. Sometimes a feeling of orientation can help you to be guided along, other times there are signs pointing the way. Whatever the case may be I hope you'll enjoy our exploration of the inner city of Split as well as our way out of it.

This is a two part travel series. Click below for more:
A Night Out in Split [Part 1/2]
A Night Out in Split [Part 2/2]

This past weekend was filled with a visit to Podstrana and Split, a town and city on the Adriatic sea and just a two hour drive away from Mostar. My friends and I booked a stay in the Pension Amigos in Podstrana located right on the beach. From there it was only a 10 minute drive to Split, where we spent a great night out. I have shown Split during day previously on this blog, but this time it was not only nighttime, but we also ventured further into the labyrinth that is the old town of Split I hope you will enjoy these.

This is a two part travel series. Click below for more:
A Night Out in Split [Part 1/2]
A Night Out in Split [Part 2/2]


Summer Days are more then here. Not only are we experiencing hot days, but the humidity has been crazy off the charts as well. This draws me to the seaside a lot, and this past weekend my friends and I made a small trip down the Adriatic Coast, more of which you will see in the upcoming post. For now let me invite you to an all new edition of Through my Lens. I welcome you all to link in your posts and share with others!


Summer in the city, any city, can be lovely. Sun, warm weather wardrobes, and rooftop bars. But, it can also mean gaggles of eager tourists, sweltering heat, and packed cars. Everyone needs a way to escape the mid-summer metropolitan mayhem. In that sense I wanted to list some of my favorite summer destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Of course the usual tourist spots are always fun, but when the heat of summer rolls around you will want to escape to other spots.

This past weekend was filled with a visit to our capital city Sarajevo for me. There I had the pleasure to go on a special playdate. My friend Berina rescued this little dog a couple of weeks ago and has been nurturing him back to life. His name is Bingo and he is a real bundle of joy. He was found near a dumpster with cuts all over his body. After the shocking discovery he underwent surgery and is fully healed now. He is temporarily living with Berina and her family until they find him a new home.


If I could translate the humidity and heat of Mostar in the last week then you would understand how much I needed these images in today's post. Yes, escaping to the wilderness seems like the only suitable thing to do now. These were taken last year during my hike to the spring of the river Sanica (the whole series can be seen here). The crystal clear water paired with the amazing reflections gave so much to see and really did cool us down.

This past weekend I made a 2 hour drive to Srebreno, a small town located on the far east side of the Croatian part of the Adriatic Sea. The main goal was to relax. swim and enjoy the day, which I did. Srebreno is just south east of Dubrovnik, and is actually located midway between Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Airport. It makes for a nice stop for swimming, since the town hasn't got much to offer besides it. It's a great alternative for swimming then the crowded (and almost non existing) beaches in Dubrovnik.

Hot summer days (summer solstice is officially on June 21st) are perfect for escaping to rivers and water in general. These shots were taken on the shores of the Neretva river, south of Mostar in the small village called Moruga. So on this longest day of the year, lets get extra creative with our posts and share a little bit more then usual. It's the start of a new season after all!

Summer is slowly creeping up on us here, with temperatures rising every day. It has also been very humid, which has given nature around town plenty of time to bloom. So going out to take photos has been very fruitful. Though I must admit that going up the mountains to our cottage is always fun. What's equally fun is trying to capture the familiar from new angles and corners.

Some wild some just plain beautiful, when flowers are in bloom photographers pay attention. And why not, it's such a easy subject to be engaged in. We have had some mixed weather days, which seems to be just perfect for them. Humid days are giving some much needed love and attention to the flowers and while I loathe that kind of weather, it's at least great for nature. Thank you again for joining us in a new edition of Through My Lens!

Ston is a small town located on the eastern tip of the of the Peljesac peninsula in Croatia. During our recent weekend trip to Neum, my friends and I decided to make a trip here, since it was close by. Ston is a tiny place, but well worth exploring. The main attraction (besides great food) is the huge stone wall that connects Ston to the nearby town called Mali Ston (Little Ston). You can walk on the wall all the way to the other city. Since we didn't have time for that we decided to explore the other sights of this old town on the Adriatic Sea.


Neum is the only coastal city of Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have visited it previously and shown it to you. This time we came back for lunch, with the intention of moving further east on the Adriatic Seacoast, to visit some new places. But more on that in the next post. It was a sunny day and we did come prepared with our bathing suits, but unfortunately the water is still too cold, so swimming was not an option. I have to say the blue of the sea was inviting though.

The St. Lawrence Fortress in Dubrovnik is often called Dubrovnik's Gibraltar, and it's located outside the western city walls. The fortress has a big court with mighty arches and, as its height is uneven, it has 3 terraces with powerful parapets with the broadest one looking south towards the sea. It lies outside the old town but you can take a look at it when you stand on the walls of the old town.


I'm drawn to nature a lot when it comes to photography. I don't know if that's because I'm a city boy, and spend so much time around concrete and buildings, or if I just like to photograph the stillness and tranquility of it. Whatever the case may be, I love escaping through visits and photos to the woods and forests surrounding me, but I even in far away travels I seem to be seeking them out. There is a certain connectivity with these places, something that is much needed between people these days.