Making The Most Of Mostar
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Up reasonably early, for me, and while the others went for breakfast I went out for a walk to clear my head. Once back at the hotel we set off towards the Old Bridge and went into the square before we got to it and had a look at the Tabacica Mosque, which you could go into, but we decided against it. Carried on over the bridge and through the Old Town to the Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque which we did go into.
Dating from 1618 it sits by the riverbank, and you enter it through a small door from the street in the Old Town, which brings you into the courtyard. It's not that big, and once we'd paid to get in, including the climb of the minaret we went into the mosque. Rather surprisingly they weren't overly fussy about dress code to go in.
Once we were done we headed along the road to the Turkish House. Doesn't look much from the outside, but it was great inside. Girl at the desk was amazing telling us the whole history of the place, and the reasons for the design. Did have to take our shoes off here though to go upstairs, more to protect the carpets than any religious stuff. Pretty well allowed free access around the main part, and we made ourselves comfortable on the large couches :D.
decided that while we were here to head back along to the bus station and try and sort out a way for getting us to Sarajevo. Had thought about getting the train, but there are only two a day to Sarajevo, one just before 8am, way to early, and one at 6-40pm, which was to late not getting in until after 9pm, so it would have to be the bus. Asked about the buses and were told various times and decided 11am sounded good, and was going to buy tickets, but the woman said just to turn up on the day and buy them then.
Next we thought we would go up to the Muslibegovic house, but when we got there decided it didn't look any better than the one we had been in already, and there's only so much of things you can take.
Once we got up there it was a bit of a disappointment, the graveyards were just ordinary ones, with no real significance to the war, and I had hoped from up there to get a great view down into the Old Town, but it was all blocked off by trees above it. Still at least it was a bit of exercise.
Different angle to view the Old Bridge and there was a small waterfall just beside it that you could get in under and I stuck my head under it a couple of times to cool down. Had seen one of the divers on top of the bridge but never saw him jump, but saw a guy here swimming across the Neretva and he was swept downstream like a twig, coming out on the other side about 30 yards down.
Kids had money of their own and went off round the shops of the Old Town looking for stuff to buy. Wife went into and exhibition, where they ran a video showing the reconstruction of the Stari Most . I went and did what I like best, wandering aimlessly, but with the intent of picking up a pair of sunglasses along the way.
Had been in touch with fellow TB vagabond75, and we had hoped to meet up in Mostar, and I sent him a text, and he repied to say he had altered route and wouldn't make it to Mostar today . He had left a message on here, but I had no access to internet for best part of two days, but he said we would likely be in Sarajevo at the same time and could meet up there.
Looking at the map to see where we hadn't been yet headed out to the Fransiscan Monestary. Was meant to have reopened after repairs, but wasn't completed yet, so we headed out towards the Partisan Monument. Got to where it was meant to be after around 30 minutes and found the enterance from the road all blocked off. It was starting to rain now, and we had done a fair bit of walking today, so my wife took the kids back to a place we had passed that had free wifi, so my daughter could feed her internet addiction.
I carried on up the hill, as there was another road that led into the park, and I thought there might be another way in. There wasn't, so I headed back down to where the main enterance was meant to be. Decided that it looked pretty safe on the other side of the fence,and just because it was blocked off didn't mean you couldn't go there, I waited til there was nobody else about on that bit of the street and cut through a gap at the end of the fence :) .
Joined the others at the cafe and my daughter and I sat for a while catching up on various sites while the other two went back to the hotel. Joined them after about an hour and went through the pre restaurant rituals and headed out for dinner. Had decided we would eat at one of the restaurants on the banks of the river overlooking the bridge and checking the menus they were all reasonably priced and settled on one and went in and chose a table on the terrace furthest down the side of the slope.