Happy new year everyone! I hope 2012 brings renewed happiness and success to the three or four readers of this blog. :-) I'm also hoping that I will revive some projects in the new year (like this blog). So, to get us started, here are a series of photographs I made last fall.
Last year, I spent two weeks in Croatia. Towards the end of the trip, I had an extra day in Dubrovnik. I take a day trip to Montenegro or to Bosnia Hercegovina. I chose Montenegro, but still wanted to visit Mostar to see the old bridge there. This year, that curiosity grew until it overflowed the bounds of Bosnia and swept up the entire former Yugoslavia with it. I decided to return to the region.
I also became curious to see how Christianity would give way to Islam as one travelled east, and so I decided to begin my travels in Rome and end them in Istanbul. The shfits weren't as gradual as I had originally imagined; in fact, religious observations seemed to hopscotch throughout the area, influencing some more than others, but always influencing events in subtle and not-so-subtle ways.
Here are the photos I posted, from Rome to Istanbul.