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... and how they continue to struggle.
By way of explanation of some of the pics:
The Sarajevo Roses are a kind of memorial seen throughout the city. They mark with red paint where bombs landed during the seige and where more than 3 people were killed.
The Latin Bridge is the spot where, in 1914, Gavrilo Princip assassinated ...
... place during my lifetime. There are pictures of each individual on each of the graves with flowers interspersed across the graves. Really puts a lot of life in perspective.
Walk along for 30 minutes or so, eventually leaving the Old Town and ending up in newer Mostar which is very developed area, and not pedestrian only. Turn back and walk back the way I came, across the Old Bridge, grab an ice cream in the Old ...
... on the side), and for dessert we had a baked apple filled with chopped walnuts. They gave us a cherry brandy for an after drink. Afterwards, Jean returned to the hotel and Pong, Rick, Patrick and I went to find the laundry that Patrick had found online. We found it and it wasn't that far away, but the posted hours were 9 to 6. We will have to take it after the morning tour. Back in the room we watched some TV before hitting the ...
... of rain in Mostar. Maybe because it was like the Medinas in Istanbul or Marrekesh, or maybe because it was a city that had rebounded from war 20 years ago. All I can say is it has a good vibe. It's hard to describe why, but a traveler has a 6th sense and I really liked the feeling I had walking down the main pedestrian street after checking into our hostel.
We met Singapore Matt on the train from Mostar. He was staying at the hostel ...
They have re-built the Sarajevo city center very well since those days, when it was almost completely destroyed. We walked around the old city, the Turkish/Ottoman center,
which is still charming. And our hotel was right above the old city, near the
bridge where Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by “the shot heard
around the world,” which was the impetus for Austro-Hungary starting the First World
War. Every ...