Friday, April 04, 2014

Jajce - Near the Danger Zone

Jajce, located about 60 kms north of Travnik, is known for its in town waterfall, Old Town, and the two beautiful lakes to the west.

One day we hiked east to the summit of Mount Hum (44.314689, 17.309184). The next day we cycled west to the lakes.

Just outside the scenic waters of Jajce there are several serious factories including this silicon producing plant owned by BSI.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Some views of the in town waterfall.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

More smaller man-made falls above the main falls.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Inside the Old Town and it's Fortress/Castle.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sun-Ling loves to walk fortified city walls and Jajce's did not disappoint.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Looking east from the City Wall.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The walk east to HUM (pronounced whom) mountain.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sometimes roadside trash dumps give the best views.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Idyllic mountain village with fenced lanes, flowering orchards, spiffy barns, and sheep.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

But just above the idyllic village, as the trail gets steeper and steeper, there is evidence of the recent war; that is, signs warning of landmines.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mine! No Passing! Which means "stay on the trail". Following the blazes takes on a whole new meaning! We saw about 20 or 30 of these warning signs, most near the ridgetop.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

We did manage to stay on the trail and were rewarded with some great views.

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Summit at 1162 meters elevation.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

More Spring flowers appeared each minute it seemed.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The first part of the bike ride out to the lakes was on a rail trail.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Waterfalls and old watermills. A main attraction.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

And more man-made falls.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Maxi Hipermart is ready for Easter.
Jajce, Bosnia and Herzegovina

4 comments:

Kathy said...

Glad you managed not to blow yourselves up! That looked a little close for comfort.

Love the in town waterfall!

Crash Eddy said...

I can't find the old watermills on GM sat, too many buildings have the same roofline. Have geocode in that photo? Other than that, GM sat is fairly clear, can see town central waterfall and five man made dams above it.

john said...

@Kathy - The in town waterfall was amazing. Of course the locals walk right by it without a glance; or they may happen to notice that we are staring at something and look over and think: Oh yeah. The tourists are looking at the waterfall... ;-)

john said...

@Ed, Those mills are very hard to spot if you don't already know where they are. I could not find them myself on GM even though they are marked on every map in town until we returned from the hike. Try (44.347169, 17.226284).