Cats, a million of them
Can you imagine that cats are all around in the Old City? I don't know why but they are under the tables in the restaurants, in the shops, on the walls... Some cities has doves. Mostar has cats. A million of them.
Mostar is divided city. It has division on six municipalities. Three belongs to Muslims and three to Croats. Mayor and vice-mayor are always from different nation. We asked for several things in "other" part of Mostar and we got answer: "I don't know". Or: "It is there", as they talk about place on some other continent.
During my stay in Mostar, Muslim leader died. In east part of Mostar, every shop and institution had his picture in window. Flags were on half lance. TV editing classic music.
In the west part it was like nothing was happened. Croats flags were high on lances and you can heard loud music from the coffee bars.
As peace is "so far" here and we can not bring any decision by ourselves, there is something who will "keep eye on us". You can see lot of foreign soldiers, member of SFOR (Stabilization FORces) and armed vehicles in the city. From the very first time, soldiers were equipped with full war-equipment. Now, they look as tourists. No differences between others and them. They are buying souvenirs, taking pictures and having coffee with the local population and other tourists.
When driving or taking the bus along the Croatian coast between Split and Dubrovnik, you'll have to pass through the Neum Corridor. Other than Mostar, this is the only other part of BiH that I touched foot on the soil. This shot was actually taken from the bus as we passed through the resort town of Neum located about an hour and fifteen minutes from Mostar.
It's the Turkish House (built in 1635), a reminiscence of Mostar's glorious Turkish past. There are signs leading to it everywhere in town, so by definition it ought to fit in the tourist-traps list (and it is). The town of Mostar is owning it now, so I really encourage you to go visit it, if nothing else because they badly need every penny, franc, euro, KM, whatever they can get: you can be sure they'll spend it on something necessary. Think of your visit as charity if you are not particularily interested. I found the house pretty enough, to be fair... even if not exactly mind-blowing. Remember one rule: take off your shoes at the entrance.
Karadoz-Bey +Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosques
I was lucky to be able to visit two of the many town's mosques: the Karadoz-Bey and Koski Mehmed-Pasha. Strictly speaking they are not off-the-beaten-path, but they will be soon. They both were damaged in the war and are now undergoing complete reparation: when reparation will be finished, non-muslims will not be allowed to enter them anymore. Of the two, Karadoz-Bey is the most prettily decorated - a real jewel of Islamic art
You Can't Miss the Remnants of War
It's very sad, but people need to see. After leaving the Old Town, it is very easy to destruction, especially on the Muslim side. It brings a somber, humbling feel to a Mostar experiece, but it is important to understand.
Bridge over troubled waters
On the road between Mostar and Sarajevo is this railroad tressle that was blown up by the partisans in WW2 to stop the advancing Italians. It stands as a monument to the bravery of the Yugoslav resistance.
Next door is the Resistance Museum.
Into the reality
After you had enjoyed the old bridge and local stores go just one block up the left side and you will find the muslim cemetery with hundreads of graves of very young men that died on that awfull war.
It brings a beautiful scenery to Mostar. Also Mostar has The bridge because of Neretva :) It's a beautiful river and gives the feeling of freshness to the city.
Mostar Bridge is the best!
It's an unforgetable scene at Neretva River with Mostar Bridge on it. I always remember it with a big smile on my face :)
Mostar is rimmed by mountains and farms.
This photo shows the landscape of the area. Mostar is located on a river in a deep valley so almost all the plain is farmland and houses are locate on the slopes.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
I love the cobble stone streets. Mostar to me is the most ancient looking city and that's what I love about it.
Another pic of Mostar- that bridge there now is where Stari Most (Old Bridge) used to be. It is actually currently being built and should be opened this year.
- School Holidays
NO MILK TODAY!
The bottle (0.33l) of the "HEINEKEN" coasts, 3,5 to 4 Convertible Mark (1.95 KM = 1 Euro).
- Beer Tasting