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The Heart-Shaped Land

By Linda Tancs

In Bosnia & Herzegovina, tradition and culture remain close at heart, appropriate enough for a heart-shaped country in southeastern Europe.  This tiny Balkan nation celebrates the junction of eastern and western civilizations, part of its rich heritage.  Sarajevo’s Old Town, for instance, still conjures the market center of the 15th century, when traders from Asia Minor and western nations gathered.  Other towns throughout the country form the crux of the Kingdom Trail, where medieval fortresses bear silent testimony to the power and privilege of the ruling classes dominating the country’s history, such as the Turkish and Austro-Hungarian empires.  Priding themselves on hospitality, you’ll come as a stranger but leave as a friend.

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