|remnants of war|
I walked toward the Old City of Mostar and I passed by some ruins of war. My heart sank when I saw houses with destroyed roof and walls riddled with bullet holes. I just can't imagine the terror that must be faced by residents during the war from 1992 to 1995. I felt a sudden overwhelming feeling of sadness and I got dizzy, so I dragged myself to leave that area.
|entering the old town|
As I was walking on the cobblestone street of the Old City my eyes widened in awe, admiring those beautiful stone buildings with the roof made of slate. It felt like strolling through the ancient past, discovering the dozens of handcraft and artisan shop that line along both sides.
Mostar is the largest and one of the most important cities in the Herzegovina region where many cultures meet and create one of the richest cultural heritage of southern Europe. It's once hosted Roman explorers and Ottoman invaders thus the architecture and ambiance reminds me of Turkey. I walk up to the Old Bridge and was greeted by the fascinating scenery of the greenish blue water of Neretva river. Seriously, I've never imagined I'd see such view in this region.
|Neretva River in Mostar|
|Koski Mehmed Paša Mosque|
|interior of the mosque|
|Stari Most or Mostar Old Bridge|
Stari Most or the Old Bridge in Mostar is listed on UNESCO World Heritage. It's a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city. The Old Bridge stood for 427 years, until it was destroyed on 9 November 1993 during the War in Bosnia and Herzegovina. After the end of the war, plans were raised to reconstruct the bridge which started on 7 June 2001 and the reconstructed bridge was inaugurated on 23 July 2004.
When I was there I saw a lot of people clustered on the bridge. And to my surprise there were some local guy who were ready to jump and dive into the river. Tourists would pay around €30 to €50 for one jumper to see the attraction. Mind you, the bridge is about 24m high! It's very risky and only the most skilled and best trained divers are allowed to jump.
|wearing Batik in Mostar :D|
|my fave corner of the cafe|
|heading to Sarajevo|
This trip made me realize that sometimes it's good to travel without any expectations nor to be influenced by other people's opinion. You might judge the place even before you visit it. What seems to be a bad experience for one person is not necessarily will happen to us too . Because in travelling, no one gets the same experience as others. In Mostar, what I saw and learnt surprised me, in a good way. As I walk through the old city, I felt like a child who visit Disneyland for the first time and excited to discover the whole new things.
I love that simple feeling, I truly do :)
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