I have seen a lot of posts and articles lately on Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina, but I went to Bosnia about 3 years ago, before going to Bosnia was cool. And it was pretty cool and I am sure it still is. I sadly never made it to Sarajevo, or any farther into Bosnia, but would gladly return. We rented a car, and drove about two hours from Dubrovnik to Mostar, and spent the day there. There is not much to do in Mostar, so a day trip is sufficient.
As I was looking through my photos, I remembered what a pretty, and fun day that was. Compared to the picturesque coast of Croatia, Bosnia’s rolling mountains, seemed inviting yet somber, but still full of light and peace. Unlike Dubrovnik, which has been mostly rebuilt, Bosnia shared it’s war torn history, and ties to the old Ottoman empire more evidently. The main street was lined with vendors selling goods with Middle Eastern flair, including textiles, jewelry, and trinkets. Children begged in the street, their tears leaving a clean streak on their dirty faces, while their mother’s sat and waited in plain sight. Cyrillic characters made signs illegible, and in just two hours time from Dubrovnik, I had traveled to a place so different.
As Bosnia is in the center of the former Yugoslavia, they were hit hard during the war, and have not made a strong economic recovery like neighboring Croatia has. Croatia’s coast line invites tourists, including many wealthy tourists, but Bosnia has not been so fortunate, and still struggles to rebuild. If you haven’t traveled to Bosnia, or the Balkans, I hope these photos give you a feel of the country, as it really is a beautiful place, marked by rolling mountains, and turquoise rivers.
Have you been to Mostar? What is your favorite place in the Balkans?