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May 26, 2019 - Side Trip to Mostar

Sunday, May 25, 2019 Side trip to Mostar As I am starting to input this day on the computer, the Muslim “Call to Prayer” is sung again over the city. I like the sound of the chanting several times a day. The chanting is still done live and broadcast over the city. Now over to Sunday morning. Breakfast this morning was at 7:30 am. We all sat at a long table and were served a fried egg with toast plus tea and coffee. Yoghurt, cheese, cold cuts and milk was on the table. No hot water with lemon for Eke, so she settled for green tea. She missed...

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May 19, 2019 - Mostar and surrounds

MOSTAR AND SURROUNDS Our itinerary seems to have us arriving late afternoon which is good because we can check into our accommodation. There is usually then a 2 hour walking tour of the city. Selmir enjoyed showing us around his town, especially the popular tourist area that is the old town with cobbled streets and little stone houses, now shops, and the famous Stari Most bridge. The beautiful arched stone bridge built in the 14th century and bombed by the Serbians in 1999. It was rebuilt in 2004 costing several million dollars. The old...

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Oct 21, 2018 - Border crossings into new territory

Leaving Dubrovnik, we crossed the border several times into Bosnia-Herzegovina. There is a seven mile stretch of land to the coast that we had to cross B-H, return to Croatia, then cross into B-H again. This small spit of Bosnia-Herzegovina is the result of the Croatians paying off the Ottoman Turks years and years ago to keep th3e Venetians at bay. The Croats paid tribute for years, but the strip of land they gave has had some modern day repercussions. Biljana told us that in the high season there can be many buses in the lane waiting to...

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Apr 27, 2018 - To Dubrovnik via Mostar

Fairly long trip today and passed more abandoned buildings and those that had been bombed and riddled with bullets. The road took us through some lovely mountainous country with snow capped mountains in the distance and fish farms on the river. We climbed to about 1,000 metres. We stopped in Bjelasnica to view a bridge. The story of this is that with the Germans on the other side the locals couldn’t reach the injured so they destroyed the bridge and when the Germans moved to another area they rebuilt the bridge over night and ferried across...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Mostar, Bosnia and Hercegovina

My bus to Mostar arrived at the Dubrovnik bus station an hour and a half late at about 5:30 pm. We finally got going and about an hour into the trip got to border control for Bosnia Herzegovina. About 10 minutes later there was border control for Croatia and then about another 45 minutes there was another border control for BH. This is because along the Croatian coast there is a gap which is part of Bosnia Herzegovina. So then after we were in Croatia again we had to cross the border to BH again. Apparently they are much more strict at this...

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Sep 7, 2017 - Mostar, Bosnia

So last night in Kumari we walked to the restaurant we had had coffee in, in the morning. The owner, who didn't speak a word of English, had given us 4 pears and a bag full of red grapes. It was so nice of him. When, by accident, we ended up staying in Kumari, it seemed only fitting that we would go back to his restaurant. This a.m. we travelled to Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. The border crossing, high on the mountain overlooking Kumari, went smoothly. We drove Rick Steves mountainous route through Stolac. As he says it is scenic and...

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May 26, 2017 - and now on to Mostar

Breakfast at the hotel and had time this morning to work on the blog as we have a later leaving time today, we leave at noon by a private bus. A last walk around the central square packed my bags then down to wait for rest of the group, a short walk to our bus, loaded up and we are off to Mostar. This trip is about 3 hours with a bathroom break in the middle, getting in to Mostar early afternoon get checked into hotel (very nice), it then off for a walk to old part of the city. When we get there the bridge was very crowded so head off to...

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Jul 13, 2016 - Day 11 - The Vindication of Edmund Penvesie

Although I didn't talk about it much in yesterday's entry, the heat wave hasn't stopped yet. Neither Cathy nor I do well in extreme heat. But we're not willing to just write off (potentially) the rest of the vacation, so we've developed a strategy: Stay out late. Wake up late. Do as little as possible before 6pm. Punctuate activity with frequent returns to the air-conditioned hotel room. Then, when it gets cooler at around 6pm, go out and do most of the day's activities. It's not ideal, but it works. Still, we can't just sit in the hotel...

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Croatia 2016

Jul 12, 2016 - Day 10 - Bridge Over Very Cold Water

Today we drove from Split, into the city of Mostar, which is in Bosnia-Hercegovina. It seems somewhat surreal to be vacationing in a country whose very name, "Bosnia", became synonymous with the worst war to hit Europe since World War II, and all the pain, slaughter, and suffering that accompanied it. I could not have imagined this in my wildest dreams 20 years ago, and yet, here we are. All of this raises a fair question, "Why would you even *want* to go to Bosnia?" The answer is simply that the city of Mostar may be one of the most...

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Nov 29, 2014 - Rainy Day

Today was the first full day of rain. Not a bad record for a trip this long. I busied myself with my journal and my photos and stayed indoors most of the day. Some have asked what I eat. Now is a good time to describe it. For breakfast, I try to find hotels that serve breakfast. This is almost always possible. Breakfast usually consists of the typical European-style cold buffet (rolls, sliced meat, cheese and coffee). Almost always they also have some cold cereal (corn flakes or granola) with milk. And, there's usually some kind of egg...

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Balkans 2014

Nov 28, 2014 - A tourist in Sarajevo

Last night, knowing I would arrive in town late, I was prepared. I had already selected a hotel and had it's address in my notebook. But, the taxi driver had no idea where the hotel is! After going around the block twice, he just left me off. I started asking. Most of the people in the area had no idea where the hotel is. Several gave me directions; all of the wrong! Finally, one man offered to walk with me to show me the exact location of the hotel. After walking up and down the street twice, he have up and left. I was now on my own....

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Nov 27, 2014 - Tourist in Mostar

Yesterday was my last lazy day at the five-star resort. I lingered in my room until check-out time and then relaxed in the Spa until it was time for my bus to Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although the bus was only one-half hour late, it was already dark when we left the bus station at 3pm. So, no pictures for yesterday. The locals here in Mostar have no idea that today is Thanksgiving back home. They've definitely not heard it called “Black Friday Eve”. There is no evidence of Christmas sales anywhere yet. There are some Christmas...

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Balkans 2014

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