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The Summer heat is not going anywhere anytime soon in Mostar. Most of our days here are filled with work during the day and staying sheltered in the house in the rest of it. Of course such a lifestyle has an effect on our little furry friend Beni as well. Even he (who usually loves the outside and hanging out in the garden), goes back inside the house when he senses the heat on his head. 

Unfortunately, the nights have been wearing us out as well, with the air conditioning running pretty much 24 hours each day. And while the promise of a cool late summer season lingers in the air, we are still left coping with the heat until cooler times arrive.

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We are back for a new edition of Through My Lens. This time we are back in Mostar and I want to share some images from my hometown (both summer and winter shots). I want to thank everyone for linking in. I'm opening the link-up earlier this week, since I'm away on Monday, so I hope you all will join me again. I am looking forward to seeing your images from your corners of the world.

I am also sharing these images over at "City Daily Photo" with the theme Curiosities, and snow in Mostar as the sunniest and warmest town in Bosnia and Herzegovina sure counts as that! :)

No good travel photo collection seems to be complete without a great sunset photo or two. We all strive for them, their warmth, wholesomeness and pure serenity. But taking sunset images is not as easy as it might seem. When the sun sets the precious light also starts to vanish, so you have to follow some rules to get the best out of your situation. So that's why I decided to talk about tips and tricks on how to take glorious sunset images every time you are out and about!

Bosnia and Herzegovina has become a really popular tourist spot over the last couple of years. Each summer, lots of people visit the country, either during a road trip through the Balkan Region or specifically because they want to see some of the well known places. But as soon as the heat of summer disappears there seem to be fewer people visiting. For me personally the beast time to visit is in Autumn, and even winter has its charm.

In order to get this out before the autumn and winter season approaches I went through 5 Reasons You Should Visit Bosnia and Herzegovina in autumn and winter, even though summer is still in full swing. Of course there are many more reasons to visit. The places and tourist spots I have talked about on this blog are always there, no matter the season. 

It's has already been a month since I started this photo meme, and it's just unbelievable how time flies away. I want to thank each and everyone who is visiting and linking up. I love to visit your blogs and read about your lives and see the world through your lens. Somehow it makes the world feel so small and cozy, to just open up one of the links and be transported to another part of it. So here we go again, this time with some summer sights from Mostar that I will be sharing in my photo of the day.

Drvenik is a small town located on the Adriatic Sea in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. I love it for it's beaches, nature around it as well as the small town charm it possesses. It gets very crowded here during the day since a lot of visitors come to stay, but also a lot of people make day trips to this city. In the evening it's much more relaxed. You can grab your camera and take a stroll down the harbor and along the paths right next to the sea. Here are a couple of images I took there.

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Coastlines are always interesting to observe, especially if you have the chance to do so from a boat (like I did in this case). Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia on the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive old town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. If you take a boat from the old town harbor to the nearby island of Lokrum, you can observe the outer walls and the coast very nicely, and I tired to do so during my visit, a couple of years back now. I hope you will enjoy the summer sights.

It has been so much fun hosting this meme, and discovering new blogs and bloggers that come here to link up. I want to thank you all. The second edition last week was even more visited then the first one, so I hope that the meme will keep on building. This week the skies are darker and the atmosphere moodier. We just had some much needed rain here in Mostar, and I guess it is reflected in today's post. So come along and share images taken through your lens!

What "Through my lens" is about

This meme is about sharing your favorite blog post with the rest of us. The themes are open, there is only one rule: the images have to be taken by you. I want to see your photography!

How this Photo meme Works

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The summer heat is not escaping anywhere soon in the southern parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. While on a recent trip I snapped these images of the woods and small river Sanica, close by to our mountain cottage. It seems like this is the only place to escape to these days, where the nights are not warm. Mostar has very hot nights, and sleeping in air conditioned rooms (while necessary) is tiring after a while. Having said that, the afternoons are almost the same everywhere when it comes to temperature.

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The Neretva River Canyon is in my opinion one of the most picturesque river canyons in the Balkan. Driving down the M-17 road from Jablanica to Mostar will give you great sights to take in. I'm driving this road constantly, when we visit out Mountain Cottage, but I never really stop on the side of the road to take pictures. Yesterday I was driving down the road at sunset/dusk and I had my camera with me so I decided to stop occasionally and take shots of the prettiest sights I could find.

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These tips are coming straight from a nervous flyer (me), who has tried them and succeeded. Flying with an airplane can be a daunting thing for some. The feeling of not being in control of the vehicle that is transporting me (I love road trips with my car) is amongst the biggest things why I am a nervous flyer. I don't think there is one tried and true method of getting rid of your fear, maybe the best thing is to fly regularly. Then again, not everyone is traveling the globe continuously, and can be in planes full time. 

I find that no matter how hard I try, the fear somehow creeps back up in between two travels with the plane and the anxiety is right back there, where I left it: at the entrance to the plane. So it goes in circles a bit for me. But here are some tips that help me, so I hope they will be of use to you as well if you are a nervous flyer.

A week has passed since the first edition of "Through My Lens" premiered here on the blog, and the response was really overwhelming. So many great contributions and lovely images, and I looked back a couple of times on some of them throughout the week! Thanks everybody who posted the links back to the meme on their blogs, and spread the word. I go so many nice e-mails, so thank you all for that. Another Monday is upon us, so please share what you got, and remember the link-up is there the whole week!

Ever since I moved into my own little house one year ago, there was one thing that I kept pushing back, and that was my pantry. The construction of the house took some time, and I even took my sweet time with the kitchen and finally the whole house was decorated. But the pantry was an empty room, by the kitchen waiting for some attention.

Our stay in Prague was truly great. It's a city full of art, history, tourist attractions and wonderful sights. There is a lot to see here, and it can be daunting on a fellow traveler to figure out what to see if he or she has a short amount of time. We only stayed four days in Prague, and it was all about managing to see everything, but also to enjoy ourselves.

In our extensive, 5-part travel series to Prague, I pretty much showed everything that we did in the four days that we spent in this amazing city. But I never really spoke about my favorite places that we saw and things that are an absolute must. In this post, which is sort of an extension of the series, I will list my personal Top 10 Things to Do in Prague.

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I wanted to do this for a long time now, and have finally decided to make my own photo meme. I love sharing my photography with the world, and I thought that it would be nice to have a platform here, where others could share their work. So let me introduce to you: Through my Lens!

Old towns along the Adriatc coastline, like Hvar, Dubrovnik, Korcula, have their curiosities when it comes to architecture. The Mediterranean influence on buildings is certainly there, and it's infused with medieval inspiration and broad strokes of the necessities that life in these parts of the world brings with it. The old town of Sibenik as well as its area hold wonderful examples of that. I visited Sibenik three years in a row now, this year I won't be going back, but I decided to collect some curious and striking images of entrances, alleys and paths.

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This entrance, in the image above, used to be a functioning door of the church behind it, but over time, as the city got reconstructed, they were literally left hanging in the air.

Summer is in full swing all around the northern hemisphere, and while summer brings with it common sights and feelings, it's just not the same summer everywhere. That's why I decided to showcase some typical summer scenes from Southeast Europe, specifically the Balkan region. I have put together a set of images that will take us from Slovenia in the northwest, all the way to Greece in the far southeast, displayed in no particular order.

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1. Sailing into Summer

Sibenik, Croatia
Getting a new lens for my Canon 6D was long in the making. I had my eye on the L-Series of lenses that Canon makes, and knew from the get go that I would have to save up in order to get it. I finally decided on the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM Lens, which is advertised as the all-around L-lens, perfect for the traveler. I have it for two weeks now, and I can say I'm more then impressed by it. In this post I want to show you some test images, even though you will be seeing more of this lens from now on, on this blog.

We are finishing off our Zagreb travel series with one final set of nighttime images. This is the second "A Night in Zagreb" part and the third post overall from Croatia's capital city. I made good use of the Canon 6D once again when it came to night photography. After having escaped the narrow streets and walls of the Stone Gate from the previous part, we found ourselves discovering the more upbeat side of Zagreb's nightlife.

This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:
Part One: What to do in Zagreb
Part Two: Witch Hunt on the Stone Gate
Part Three: A Stroll through the City

In this part of our Zagreb travel series I want to take you into the night with us. And yes, we did visit major points of Zagreb at night (but more on that in the final part), but in this second part I want to concentrate on the Stone Gate in Zagreb, which is an important historic landmark. Here, to our complete surprise, we witnessed a witch hunt and a long-standing religious ceremony, that took us into the dark corners of this city...

This is a multi-part travel series. Other parts include:
Part One: What to do in Zagreb
Part Two: Witch Hunt on the Stone Gate
Part Three: A Stroll through the City