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As I have already written in my previous post, the full moon that was hovering above the city was calling out to me. So my sister, Beni and I packed up the photo gear and around 8 o'clock in the evening drove up the local mountain slopes. On top, almost mysterious sights greeted us. As the sun was setting and night started to approach the most vivid colors could be seen in the sky. At some points I didn't even know where to turn my camera.

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We had a great full moon last night, so I went out to get some shots after that sun had already set. On my way to the fields below the mountain Velez, I took these images of Mostar and the surrounding valley. I have been in these regions before, but never at this time, so I think I got some really nice photos from the dusk.


As I'm looking out of the window, the hot summer sun is reflected in the windows and cars. The mornings are already very warm, and as the day goes on, the day gets even hotter. Thoughts of beaches and the sea are still distant, but as summer vacations are approaching even they are crossing my mind. 

I recently purchased a doughnut baking mold, and ever since then I'm on the lookout for the perfect baked donuts recipes. I have made a couple, but this chocolate version is a real showstopper and indulgent treat. The recipe makes for 6 Donuts, which is conveniently the number of molds you get in the baking pan. It's a better alternative then frying Donuts, which usually adds lots of oil and calories. Leave the cocoa powder out and add some vanilla bean paste to the mix and you have excellent vanilla Donuts. You can really make lots of variations with this recipe. 
 


Summer Vacations are just around the corner, but there is this small stretch of time left until they are here. I have not yet made any plans for the 2015 summer season, but in order to get inspired I sifted through the vast archives of my photo library in search for previously unreleased summer shots. Some of these are new, some my personal favorites. I hope they will do to you what they did for me, and that is relax and calm me. So without further ado here are 15 Sunny Landscapes to get you in the Summer Mood.



We continue our stay in the mountains, as the day rears its head towards sunset. The dogs were jumping around as we reached the bottom of the valley. The journey so far was very enjoyable, but after our rest in the valley, the hike up hill waited for us. Luckily, the sights along the way made up for the heavy steps.

This is a two part photo series, and includes the following parts:
Part 1: A Hike into the Valley
Part 2: Into the Woods

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Summer is officially here and I had my friends Berina and Adi visiting this past weekend, with their dog Ambi, whom I have written about previously. We ventured out into the local mountains for a walk and to escape the busy city life. I have shown the mountain Rujiste a couple of times on this blog, most recently during the autumn season. Now summer has taken over, everything is in bloom, and it's almost as if you are visiting a completely new place. So come with us and explore the sights.

This is a two part photo series, and includes the following parts:
Part 1: A Hike into the Valley
Part 2: Into the Woods

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This weekend we are having some friends over for a visit, and they brought their dog Ambi with them. Beni and him had a great time together in our garden. They seem to have liked each other right from the start. So here are a couple of images I took yesterday. Enjoy them, and have a great rest of the Sunday. We are off for more fun.

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While I was recently visiting Vienna, my friends and I ate some Ice Cream at the Tichy Eissalon, which is a very popular gelateria there. We had the most amazing Hazelnut Ice Cream, and I posted a picture of it on my Facebook Page, a while back. The Ice Cream tasted superb, and every since we got back home we wanted to eat it again. But since traveling back for ice cream seems like a crazy idea that even we wouldn't do (although there is a lot we will do for food), I had the chore to recreate the recipe.


After having survived winter and spring photographically, it's time for some photo ideas for summer. I can't believe how fast time is flying. It's like i made those two posts yesterday. The summer season is starting and this is the best time to give some inspiration to the fellow photography enthusiast. I hope you will find something for yourself.



Bosnia and Herzegovina is a maritime country. Even though, the stretch of coastline is very short, there is one prominent city there worth exploring: Neum. The city of Neum, lies on the Adriatic Sea, and is a very popular tourist spot, not only visited by travelers from all over the world, but also by a lot of Bosnians. I visited Neum with a couple of friends this past weekend, and in this post I want to share some impressions from the Bosnian and Herzegovian seaside.



I recently talked about 10 Photography blogs you need to follow, and made the promise to do more of these posts, so here is the next one, and this time it's all about traveling. While my blog is a mixture of many topics, including travel, these blogs are mostly oriented on traveling and exploring the world. I hope you will enjoying browsing through them, and give them a visit to see if you find something that you like.


I have recently been getting a lot of comments and e-mails in regards to the various Google maps I have been including in my posts. And yes, it's a neat way to show where in the world your story resides, and where the places in your images can be found. Google maps are great because they are interactive. That means that once you place the map into your post, your visitors can enlarge the map, zoom in, roam and search for places of interest. In this post, I will show you how you can add Google Maps into your Blogger Post, but this also works for WordPress and other webpage tools.


The Summer Season is arriving in South Europe, and most people here in Mostar do seem to be venturing out to the nearby Adriatic Sea more and more for the weekends, until the real summer vacations start. I thought that it was time to talk about some of Croatia's finest islands. While you will find most people in Croatia's bigger cities, like Dubrovnik and Split as well as the coastal towns like Makarksa, Trogir, Zadar, Rijeka and so on, there is a lot of Mediterranean charm lost when you skip the islands. So for this post, let me show you 5 Islands in Croatia you absolutely must visit.


Today is my birthday, and I thought this would be a nice occasion to give back to all of you who have been following this blog. It's not much, but I think you will enjoy it nonetheless. They are free wallpapers you can use for your desktop. They show landscapes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and I thought that would be the ideal theme, since it's coming from me.


It's already that time of the year when the days are long, nights are enjoyable, and you can sit in your garden and enjoy dinner with friends. During such a gathering, these foods were prepared, and they just looked so good on our plates, that I had to take some pictures of them. And there is no use of me taking these images without posting the recipes.


The warm days of spring here in Mostar are ideal for a ride through the country. And lots of tourists seem to be doing it, since these areas are very popular for solo travel, group tours and adventure travel. But why spend money on guided tours when you can easily visit all of the places by yourself. Rent a car in Mostar and start your adventure. Here are some tips and places for the perfect road trip through south Bosnia and Herzegovina. The road trip I have constructed here is for one day, but you can most certainly expand it over a couple of days, depending on how long you will be staying.



In this post I want to list 10 Photography Blogs You Need to Follow. Of course, there are many more worth speaking of, and if you enjoy this post, then I will do more. These blogs are photo blogs in general, but there are many more I follow, and that are worth your time. I will do a 10 Travel Blogs You Need to Follow too, so you can look forward to that as well. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy my selections. Please make sure to visit these, links are under each title.


I wanted to write about my favorite kitchen gadgets and utensils for a long time now, but never got around to it. As you may know, I love cooking, so in this post I want to talk about some of the items that I use regularly, that are good and make cooking easier. Except one, these are not expensive things, and you can find them all online.

1. Misto Oil Sprayer

Even though this is a new gadget in my kitchen, it has now become something I can't live without. It's a spray bottle for all kinds of oils. There are no chemicals in this, you pump the lid to create pressure, which then sprays the oil out of the bottle. You fill the bottle half way with your oil, and make sure to release the rest of the pressure by opening the cap and closing it again, for long use.

Mostar is the city I live in. It leaves an impression on each visitor that passes through it. I have seen and experienced that many times, when I talk to people. While the city is not big, it does have everything you need to spend a great vacation here, or simply use it as a two-three day stop on your south European road trip. You will find many tourist spots online, that you can visit in Mostar, but here I want to talk from the perspective of a local. What is it, that seems to attract people to the city, and why has it always been a place of interest and wonder? I hope to shed some light on this in this article.