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BOSNIA & HERCEGOVINA


Location - South east Europe; Capital - Sarajevo; Population - 3.9 million; Currency - Convertible Mark MORE BOSNIA

The drive from Sarajevo to Mostar crosses beautiful mountainous scenery following emerald green rivers on its way down to Mostar. Apparently the train ride is even better - April 2013.

 

bosnianote2Bosnian notes are printed with both Latin and Cyrillic script. Muslims and Croats use the Latin script whereas Serbs use Cyrillic

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnianote1Neutral figures are on the notes, with one version having the Latin script first (above right) and the other version Cyrillic (right)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia263The cold Neretva River waters flow beneath the Stari Most at Mostar

 

bosnia264The original Stari Most, or Old Bridge, was destroyed during the Bosnian War - Mostar

 

bosnia265A local fakes a dive as he drums up business for the real deal - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia265cIn April it was easy to spot the real divers as they wore wet suits - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia267It's a lot steeper than I expected so the slats come in very useful - Mostar

 

 

bosnia270The beautiful 16th century Ottoman bridge was blown up by Bosnian Croat forces in November 1993 - Mostar

 

bosnia269Following its destruction Stari Most was painstakingly reconstructed, and reopened in a grand ceremony in 2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia272Look down on the bridge and the old town from the Bridge Museum - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia282One of the best places to admire the Neretva River and bridge is at the Urban Grill's terrace - Mostar

 

 

bosnia289bosnia291Another great viewpoint is this rooftop terrace bar with a perfectly located coffee table (right) - Mostar

 

 

bosnia273The narrow lanes of the old town - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia304Most of the old quarter was quiet at night but the new town is livelier - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia250Spotlights shine on the Stari Most - Mostar

 

 

bosnia255Yep it's the old bridge - Mostar

 

 

bosnia315The cobbled streets of the old town are awash with souvenir shops - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia313There's also plenty of cafes, bars and quaint restaurants. The city has a very appealing, relaxed vibe despite the mass influx of daytrippers - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia312Colourful shopfronts on the walk down to the old bridge - Mostar

 

bosnia216aThe Hotel Neretva still stands, just about, a relic of the war - Mostar

 

bosnia219Spanski Trg (Spanish Square) suffered as a result of being on the frontline - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia220Ljubljanska Bank Tower, also on Spanish Square, is another monument to the war - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia233aVenture inside the gutted nine-storey Ljubljanska Bank for excellent views of the city - Mostar

 

bosnia240The valley and distant mountains shelter Mostar

 

 

bosnia236Until recently what was the bombed out Gymnasium has now been lovingly restored - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia230Graffiti artists get the chance to put their enviable talents to use - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia228bosnia226The Ljubljanska Bank is strewn with rubble and glass (and plastic bottles); a liftshaft with a teensy bit of a drop - Mostar

 

 

bosnia241The former frontline along Aleske Santica and Bulevar have still several war damaged buildings - Mostar

 

 

bosnia292 The Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque stands on the banks of the Neretva River - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia321The very scenic old town, just minutes from the old bridge - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia295More gorgeous views from the minaret of Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque - Mostar

 

bosnia296There's several restaurants on the right, some set below the level of the bridge and all with terraces, where you can take in the beauty of the old town - Mostar

 

 

bosnia297Fishing for supper - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia303Hidden in the twists and turns of the old quarter is the cute Crooked Bridge - Mostar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia302The Radobolja River flows beneath the Crooked Bridge and on to the Neretva - Mostar

 

 

bosnia336There's plenty to see in the vicinity of Mostar and Kravice Falls is without doubt a highlight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia332Spring's a good time to see them when the water level is high - Kravice Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia334The 25m falls on the Trebizat River are about 40km south of Mostar - Kravice Falls

 

bosnia339In the summer a rope bridge is built over the river - Kravice Falls

 

bosnia342It's a lovely spot, well worth a trip - Kravice Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia355On the way back to Mostar from the falls stop off at Pocitelj, a village dating back to the Ottoman era - Pocitelj

 

 

bosnia359The stone village is dominated by a hilltop fortress - Pocitelj

 

bosnia363A mosque in the stone village close to the Neretva River - Pocitelj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia368 The lush green Pocitelj enjoys an idyllic location overlooking the river - Pocitelj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia366The picture postcard fortress village of Pocitelj

 

 

bosnia373Through a fortress lookout the deep green Neretva meanders through the valley - Pocitelj

 

 

bosnia381Another popular sight near Mostar is the tekija or Dervish monastery at Blagaj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia380The monastery dates back to the 16th century and has a beautiful location - Blagaj

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia387The Buna River, with monastery on the left, emerges from the mountain rock - Blagaj

 

 

bosnia394The waters of the Buna River are so pure there's a dish where you can drink from source. Just give it a clean! Blagaj

 

 

bosnia400The bus ride from Mostar to Trebinje via Gacko is a mountainous climb - Mostar to Trebinje

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia435The city of Trebinje is in Republika Srpska, with most signs written in Cyrillic

 

 

bosnia427The picturesque sight of the old town walls standing on the banks of Trebisnjica River - Trebinje

 

 

bosnia425Reflections in the Trebisnjica River - Trebinje

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia404Trg Svobode is the central square of Trebinje, a good place for al fresco dining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia409And the main man in the city is poet Jovan Ducic, born in Trebinje in the late 19th century

 

 

bosnia412Locals begin setting up stalls on the tree-lined Trg Svobode, just outside the old town - Trebinje

 

 

bosnia430A mosque welcomes pedestrians walking through an archway into the old town - Trebinje

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia432There's not much to see in the old town but there's a couple of lively bars and restaurants. And a cat - Trebinje

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

bosnia415Back outside the old town, a wooden bridge in Ducic Park leads to an Orthodox Church - Trebinje

 

 

bosnia417Squinting through incense clouds to the church - Trebinje

 

 

croatia147Not quite in the right sequence, but if you go from Trebinje to Split via Dubrovnik you'll come across the resort of Neum. It's the only Bosnian town on the country's tiny 9km coastline - Neum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LINKS

www.bhtourism.ba - Bosnia tourist board

www.autobusni-kolodvor.com - Bosnian bus timetables

www.zfbh.ba - train timetables

 

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