One Of Those Days

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On The Road From Mostar

Started off well enough and we got ourselves checked out for 10am and headed along to the bus station. Got tickets for the 11am bus to Sarajevo no hassle and clambered on board. Once out of Mostar it becomes really scenic with all the hills and lakes. A great view for the next couple of hours. Even though it was only a 2 1/2 hour bus ride, there were the obligatory stops, the main one being in Konjic, but we arrived at the bus station on time, no border crossing this time.

Made our way down to the main road and headed towards the Old Town, and passing the Holiday Inn, I went in to see if they had a decent map they could give us.

Sebjil Fountain
Even though we weren't staying there I pointed out where we were staying and the guy went onto Google maps and printed off a detailed map of the section of the Old Town where the hotel was. Asked him about the trams and he said to pay on board, so we went down and waited on a tram. They are almost always mobbed, and as we boarded there was no sign of any tickets and went to look for a conductor, every bus seemed to have one or two, or a machine. Next thing the ticket inspectors swooped, and despite having the money in my hand and trying to explain to them there was no reasoning. Off the tram and fined, despite the locals telling them they were a shower of gits. Tried arguing the case with them, but they just got out their radios and started to contact the police. Something to be avoided, from past experience , especially in Eastern Europe, and not when you have two kids with you .
Latin Bridge
So we paid up just to get the hell away.

Back on the tram we figured out where to get off, and found our hotel just up from the main square, the Bascarsija. Got into the room and my wife discovered her mobile phone was missing, which left her upset. No knowing now whither it was lost or dipped on the tram, but we weren't off to a great start here :-O. Had to phone mobile service provider to get the phone blocked and ended up getting put on hold 3 times, and eventually phoned my mum to get to report it from the UK. Once things had calmed down a bit, decided there was no point dwelling on it and armed with a map from the hotel headed out to have a look about. It was late afternoon, so no point going anywhere, but just out to wander the streets and get our bearings. 

Headed back down to the Bascarsija and the Sebjil Fountain and then along what looked like the main street through the Old Town to the Cathedral and after that down to the River Miljacka.

Tasteful Historic Re-enactment Of The Assassination
Without even looking for it we ended up finding the Latin Bridge ( Latinska Cuprija) where the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was shot by Gavrilo Princip , one of the main events leading to the First World War . Knew about the museum opposite it, where the shots were fired from, which was only one of two things I had got round to planning for here,having run out of time it was all going to be done on the hoof now.   Walked back round to the main square, and seeing a vendor selling corn on the cob my boy decided he was hungry. It was a bit colder in Sarajevo than we had got used to, but there had been enough heat during the day to build into a storm and as the skies darkened and the wind picked up we headed back to the hotel.

The rain duely arrived in a downpour, and we sat it out for a while and it eventually stopped.

Gazi Hursev Bey's Mosque
 Decided to go eat and went along the main street, Ferhadija, and found a place with tables outside that were under cover, just in case. Not the most exciting of menus, but enough to suffice. Plenty of people out strolling about, and the bars had been busy with one of the World Cup games on (I was watching it on a telly in a shop across the road). Was quite funny with obviously different channels showing it, and therre was a slight delay between them and we would hear cheers from one end of the street, and then a couple of seconds later from another part :D. Everywhere though seemed to start emptying about 10-30pm and while we had been in the restaurant we had been the only ones eating, and had been trying to figure if we were late or early in dining for that part of the world, and now we had our answer. We had been a bit bemused as the hotel notices seemed to say to be in by 11pm, but with everything closing we were :O after stopping off at a supermarket for a few more beers on the way up the road of course ;) .   

Dr_Seuss says:
To quote Winston Churchill 'The Balkans produce more history than they can consume'. Still seems a fairly accurate assessment Walter :D
Posted on: Aug 07, 2010
WalterC says:
I forgotten that Sarajevo was where the First World War started. For some reason, I only remember it from the recent Balkans war and the 1984 Winter Olympics.
Posted on: Aug 07, 2010
Dr_Seuss says:
Huh? I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi.

Steve Martin :P
Posted on: Jul 18, 2010
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On The Road From Mostar
On The Road From Mostar
Sebjil Fountain
Sebjil Fountain
Latin Bridge
Latin Bridge
Tasteful Historic Re-enactment Of …
Tasteful Historic Re-enactment Of…
Gazi Hursev Beys Mosque
Gazi Hursev Bey's Mosque
Bus To Sarajevo
Bus To Sarajevo
Lake On The Road From Mostar To Ko…
Lake On The Road From Mostar To K…
Konjic
Konjic
Bascarsija
Bascarsija
Church And Mosque Side by Side
Church And Mosque Side by Side
Cathedral Of Jesus Heart
Cathedral Of Jesus' Heart
Muvekita Street
Muvekita Street
Latinska Cuprija
Latinska Cuprija
Decoration On Top Of Building On O…
Decoration On Top Of Building On …
Music Pavillion
Music Pavillion
Train Ride In The Park
Train Ride In The Park
Muzej Sarajeva
Muzej Sarajeva
Small Square And Mosque
Small Square And Mosque
Square In The Old Town
Square In The Old Town
Victims Killed In the Square Durin…
Victims Killed In the Square Duri…
Back At Bascarsija
Back At Bascarsija
Buying Corn On The Cob
Buying Corn On The Cob
Rain Storm
Rain Storm
V. Skarica Street Full Of Bars
V. Skarica Street Full Of Bars
Sebjil Fountain At Night
Sebjil Fountain At Night
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