The Balkans

The Balkans

DVD - 2010
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Globe Trekker Zay Harding visits the Balkan countries of former Yugoslavia: Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro. Starting in Kosovo, Zay explores the capital city Pristina before traveling the following day to Gazimestan, a memorial to a war that took place between Serbians and Turks in 1389. Zay moves on to Serbia to attend a traditional farming festival outside the Kalenic Monastery and visit the capital Belgrade.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Pilot Productions, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781935180456
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (55 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 12, 2012

Although this doesn't really cover the entire region of the Balkans (that means Greece, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslavia, Albania and who knows what countries are included here), this is a great piece of travelogue and comprises only four of the new countries of the former Yugoslovia - Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro. The places covered were really well chosen - Mostar and even the Serbian capital, Beograd! I was expecting a greater coverage for Montenegro with its beautiful coastline but I was a little disappointed there. Maybe this is not a typical LP area considering it's more upscale..I am just guessing though. The reporter, Zay Harding is a little uptight here...he doesn't have the innate exuberance of the former reporters (their names I don't seem to remember) but I guess he's new. He has a website and surprisingly, he seemed to have outgrown that and I hope to see him more in GlobeTrekker/Lonely Planet future editions. BTW, he's absolutely right about Bosnia as being one of the most beautiful countries of Europe and I can't wait to be there before the whole world - those hordes of backpackers - have tread on its path!

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