Mostar - Heart of Herzegovina's Culture

Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End May 12, 2012

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Let's see.  Oh, I had to manage without Marilynn this morning.  I set my
alarm last night for 12:45 am NY time, but I woke up a half hour
earlier so I decided to beat the rush since everyone wanted hot water
this am except the 2 people who booked into he Hotel Europa.  I
showered and went back to the room and tried to collect all my belongings as
I gobbled up some bits of my food stash for breakfast - granola bar,
olives from Bulgaria - still good, and some dates.  I left my Bulgarian
cheese behind - it had gotten a little greasy through the wrapping and
less appealing day by day.  I was ready on time and luckily found my
computer cords just before I took my bags downstairs.

We had taxis to the the bus station.  I said thank you in Bosnian to the driver
and he answered with good morning.  Twice.  Oh, well.  Our bus ride was
without snags - not too cramped.  I had a window seat and tried to take
photos with the Fuji camera.  Not sure what, if anything, came out.  We
followed the Neretva River that ends in Mostar for quite awhile in a
lovely valley.  There were tunnels, dams, a few lakes, villages, hay
stacks.  I tried to take a photo of the interesting hay stack toppings:   -
pink hats, crooked sticks, but kept getting bushes instead.  Finally I
gave up.

On landing in Mostar around 11:30 am, we got a bunch of
taxis to our hotel.  The street that it is on is not all that attractive
with blown-out buildings that haven't been reconstructed.  And the
outside of the hotel isn't fancy either so I was a bit dubious but it is quite nice. 
There are 2 jacuzzis and we have a jacuzzi shower to try.  There was a
mix-up with the rooms first and Caroline and Richard ended up with the
room we were first assigned, but instead of keeping the beds together,
the maid separated them for the young married couple.  But it all worked

After we got settled, Louise led us on a walk to the old town
and lunch.  Lynne and Graeme wanted to go to the Bridge Museum and it
closed at 2 pm so Louise suggested that whoever wanted to go - go now -
and join the group for lunch across the bridge.  So I joined Lynne and
Graeme and we went through the  Museum and Lynne found the video which was narrated by one of the Croatian workers.  We also saw the walls for the old bridge under the ground I think.  We had great views of the town from the top of the tower except that the window openings were covered with glass and screens.

On our way to lunch, we found Zoe who
could not find the group so we (Lynne, Graeme and I) had lunch by ourselves on the river.  It
was nice to look over at the bridge.  After that Lynne and Graeme
accompanied me to the post office where I mailed my cards after
forgetting to at first - plus I still had to address them.  Lynne and
Graeme were very patient.  Both they and I got more money.  Then we split as
they were going to the pharmacy to get something for Lynne's eyes and I
wanted to do some shopping.  Which I did.  The prices here seemed better
than Sarajevo plus there seemed to be more interesting things.

I was shopping it started raining and I took photos of the tourists in
the rain.  (I know I am a tourist too but I pretend that I am not sometimes.)
Then I took more photos because I thought it would be a
shame to waste time in such a pretty city by staying in my room.  But
the time finally came when it seemed like the right thing to do to go
back to the hotel.  I ran into Doreen and Marilynn and we went back
together.  A bit of organizing and then down to blog in the reception area to get wifi.  Next, to wait until 7 pm for dinner - back in the old town on the river.  Should be nice. 

We went to a place with a view of the river and I got to take some photos of the bridge at night - only with the Fuji they didn't come out all that well.  Poor Fuji, I am always complaining about it.  We had Jordan at our table - I think I already wrote about this somewhere - and he was in rare form - joking with us older ladies.  Everyone had too much to eat so we fed the cats - one scratched at my fingers in its greediness to get at the food.  Jordan convinced us to get dessert and then he mashed his up and gave it to the waiter to give to Zoe.  I was walking back in front of Jordan and Estelle but lost them before I got back to the hotel.

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