My return to Sarajevo......on a snowy day!
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My bus pulled in to the station in Sarajevo, mid morning. It was snowing and I was still a bit sleepy from my early morning.
I took the tram from near the station to the center of Old Town, an easy 10 minutes. I checked into my home away from home in Sarajevo, Hotel Safir. I had a different room this time but, still just as nice.
Snow gently falling, I venture out to explore more of the city. I head to Baščaršija square. This is the center of the Old Town. There are many small streets radiating out from this center, that each have different types of skill practiced. I walked through the Turkish metalsmiths street, again. It's so fascinating, the different types of metal work.
From there I walked back through the street of the weavers and textiles. There are some amazing designs woven into some of the jackets and hats and socks. I bought some socks for myself and my mother. They are warm but, also very interesting in design and color.
In this area, I keep passing the main square with the Sebilj. It has such fantastic design elements. I can see eastern, Arabic, and Turkish influences in it. It's really quite extraordinary. I didn't know yet but, I would come across it's companion, by accident, in Beograd, Serbia, in a few days.
Also on the square is the Gazi Husrev-Beg Mosque. Even though it's one of many, many mosques in Sarajevo and the Muslim world, it has it's own special Ottoman beauty.
For a little more shopping, I went to the Bedestan. It's almost like an ancient mall. There are many jewelry stores and other little art shops and such in this area.
There is so much unique beauty in the Old Town area that I just wandered and studied the arches, and windows, the towers, and gates. There is so much to look at. I see thoughtful design everywhere. There are intricately carved woodedn columns and lighting specially designed to compliment.
Continuing on, I reached the Cathedral of Jesus' heart (Catholic) and through an area obviously built during the Habsburg period as it has the feeling of Vienna. Walking through this area leads to the Cathedral Church of the Nativity of the Theotokos. It is interesting to disect this building into it's design parts.
I saw a group of men huddled together in the park next to the church. I walked near to observe. They were playing chess...even in the snow. They were very serious and even yelled a few words when someone took the other guys bishop!
From there I walked back to the river and crossed it to walk in a nice park with a gazebo. Along side the park were several houses that were in a terrible state of decay. They had obvious mortar holes but, smoke was coming from the chimney as people were still living here.
The walk along this side of the river was nice, a different perspective. There are many colorful buildings from the Habsburg period.
Continuing my walk , I reach Ferhadija Mosque, which is considered a great 16th century BiH achievement. It's seems plain, at first, but has many stunning details upon closer inspection. There are many renovated buildings in this area with colorful details, a new beginning. I walked this area a bit longer as the light was growing dim. There was a peace about it. Crossing the river back to Old Town The history and beauty unfolded berfore me, again. This city deserves closer inspection. I will return.
I stopped, on my way back to the room, picked up some bread, cheese, veggies, and snacks, for dinner. I settled in, cooked a nice meal, packed, and read abit, not ready to leave but, excited as tomorrow I would venture to Serbia.....Belgrade / Beograd. What would that be like? The opposing side.