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Stari Most From the Top Of The Minaret

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.

Kids Up On The Minaret
My wife had a scarf to put over her shoulders, and the guy said it wasn't necessary, and you didn't have to take your shoes off, so long as you stayed on the green carpet, which when we went in covered all the public areas. It was quite nice inside, but we set off up the minaret, first time I've done that, and the views from the top down over the river, the Old Town and the Old Bridge were brilliant.

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.

Koski Mehmed Pasha Pulpit
Well worth the visit.

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.

Courtyard From The Balcony
Did discover on the way back down, in a rather inconspicuous building, the local radio and TV station. High up on the hills overlooking Mostar are a couple of large graveyards and we decided to make for them. Steep climb, up yet more steps. I had already subtitled this years trip for the kids as 'How I Learned To Love Steps' and anyway there would be worse to come before we were done :D.  

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.

Down By The River Neretva
Went further out along the main road and came across the Kriva Cuprija 2 Hotel and crossed over the bridge there, downstream from the Stari Most. Decided to find the way down to get underneath the bridge. Found a small path going down to a bar beside the river , but there was another small stream to cross. I was wearing my flip flops so I just walked through it, kids skipped across the rocks with my help and then my wife tried to do the same and missed soaking me in the process.

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.

Cooling Down In Ice Cold Falls
Might not sound much, but it isn't a very wide river, and he was obvioulsly a member of the local diving club and was interesting to see the technique he used pushing his body out of the water as much as possible . 

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.

Kriva Cuprija ( Crooked Bridge)

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 :) .

Partisan's Monument
Made my way up and it was pretty filthy, and it looked like it had been turned into a drinking den with the place littered in beer cans and broken bottles. It stank as well and I was nearly throwing up but I was here now. Photos of it had looked great, but now it was all overgrown and covered in graffiti, hopefully they are in the process of restoring it now.

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.

Stari Most Lit Up
Finished our meal and headed back to the hotel to finishing packing for the next leg in the morning.   

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Posted on: Aug 02, 2010
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Stari Most From the Top Of The Min…
Stari Most From the Top Of The Mi…
Kids Up On The Minaret
Kids Up On The Minaret
Koski Mehmed Pasha Pulpit
Koski Mehmed Pasha Pulpit
Courtyard From The Balcony
Courtyard From The Balcony
Down By The River Neretva
Down By The River Neretva
Cooling Down In Ice Cold Falls
Cooling Down In Ice Cold Falls
Kriva Cuprija ( Crooked Bridge)
Kriva Cuprija ( Crooked Bridge)
Partisans Monument
Partisan's Monument
Stari Most Lit Up
Stari Most Lit Up
Shop In Old Town Mostar
Shop In Old Town Mostar
Tabacica Mosque
Tabacica Mosque
Riverside Restaurants
Riverside Restaurants
Up River From Stari Most
Up River From Stari Most
Riverside Of Old Town
Riverside Of Old Town
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque
Carpet In The Mosque
Carpet In The Mosque
Ceiling Of The Mosque
Ceiling Of The Mosque
View Over Mostar From Minaret
View Over Mostar From Minaret
Bridge View From Mosque Gardens
Bridge View From Mosque Gardens
Fountain In The Turkish House Cour…
Fountain In The Turkish House Cou…
Making Myself At Home In The Turki…
Making Myself At Home In The Turk…
Sitting Area
Sitting Area
Chest In Turkish House
Chest In Turkish House
Kitchen Area
Kitchen Area
Playing With The Tortoises
Playing With The Tortoises
Karadozbegova Mosque
Karadozbegova Mosque
Musilbegovic House
Musilbegovic House
Radio And TV Station
Radio And TV Station
Radiotelevziia Mostar
Radiotelevziia Mostar
Blue Fanta :O How many E numbers ?
Blue Fanta :O How many E numbers ?
Some Heads
Some Heads
View Of Mostar From The Hill
View Of Mostar From The Hill
Cemetry On The Hill
Cemetry On The Hill
Velika Kladusa
Velika Kladusa
Kriva Cuprija 2 Hotel
Kriva Cuprija 2 Hotel
Upstream To The Stari Most
Upstream To The Stari Most
Kids under The Waterfall
Kids under The Waterfall
Photo Of Damaged Bridge
Photo Of Damaged Bridge
Bridge Photo Exhibition
Bridge Photo Exhibition
Turkish Consulate
Turkish Consulate
Fransiscan Monestary
Fransiscan Monestary
Monestary Bell Tower
Monestary Bell Tower
Hand Like Sculpture
Hand Like Sculpture
Hrvatski Dom
Hrvatski Dom
Block Sculpture In Front Of Hrvats…
Block Sculpture In Front Of Hrvat…
Kraljica Katarina
Kraljica Katarina
White Statue in Front Of Hrvatski …
White Statue in Front Of Hrvatski…
Obnovimo Mostarsku Katedralu
Obnovimo Mostarsku Katedralu
Cathedral Bell Tower
Cathedral Bell Tower
Fountain
Fountain
View From The Hotel Balcony
View From The Hotel Balcony
Mosque From the Balcony
Mosque From the Balcony
A Wee Aperitif
A Wee Aperitif
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque From Res…
Koski Mehmed Pasha Mosque From Re…
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