Snapshots of Europe: The Bridge of Prince Danilo Petrovic, Montenegro

Prince Danilo I Petrovic reigned in Montenegro from 1852-1860. He was a strong commander who lead Montenegro to a significant military victory against the Turks in 1858 which resulted in Turkey recognizing the independence of Montenegro. Unfortunately his reign was cut short when he was assassinated in Kotor in August 1860 at the age of just 34. He was courting…

Snapshots of Europe: Pristina, Kosovo

A gritty place that’s not high on the favoured list of travelers but Pristina the Kosovar capital is not without its own certain charm. Look around and you will find it for yourself from heroes past and present; to architecture, a crossroads of religious beliefs and national freedom.

Snapshots of Europe: Kameni Most – Prizren, Kosovo

Prizren is a picturesque historic city in Kosovo, that formed part of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th to the early 20th century. The Ottoman culture remains evident today with the fully restored 15th century Ottoman stone bridge (Kameni Most) over the Lepenac River remaining an icon of the city.  The bridge, with the nearby grand Sina Pasha…

Snapshots of Europe: Stari Most – Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mostar is a must visit place if travelling in this part of the Balkans and is the most important city in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Predominately made up of Muslim Bosniaks and Croats, the mix of religion and culture with inspiration from an Ottoman past makes for a unique little city. The major attraction of Mostar is the famous Stari Most (Old Bridge)…

The Big Bench of Broken Hill

Atop the massive mullock heap known as The Line of Lode (the worlds largest silver, lead and zinc mineral deposit) in the outback New South Wales mining town of Broken Hill sits the Big Bench. In Australia we love big things and at 2.5 times the size of a normal park bench this art installation fits the bill. Normally these…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Junction Mine, Broken Hill

The Junction Mine in Broken Hill was first leased and pegged in 1884 and the associated Broken Hill Junction Silver Mining Co. was formed  in 1886. The 1890’s wooden headframe is erected over Browne Shaft (named after Sylvester Browne, a director of the mine) and is the oldest that remains on the massive silver, lead and zinc mineral…

Remnants of the Past: Old BHP Mine, Broken Hill

The isolated western New South Wales outback town of Broken Hill was built on the back of the success of the huge mining company Broken Hill Proprietary Company Limited (BHP – formed by the Syndicate of Seven and incorporated in 1885 as the first mining company of Broken Hill), “The Big Australian” who tapped into the…

Remnants of the Past: The Old Homestead II

A Wimmera-Mallee farmers long abandoned homestead can be spotted just a few kilometres outside the town of Lascelles, on the Henty Highway towards Hopetoun. This house may be abandoned and near ruined but sitting alone out in the middle of that paddock, it still has a certain charm.