After a long and very exciting day yesterday, it was nice to have a slow day planned while we spent time discovering Mostar itself. Mostar is so small or still in such a state of recovery from the war, that there was no tourist information office. Luckily, I had some travel info I brought from home so we went on our own walking tour of Mostar to discover it.
The building we climbed last night should have had this sign up!
Wish we could have seen this entire restaurant rooftop sign:
Going down was way worse than going up, especially when we met people going up at the same time.
The Bosnian and Herzegovina flag (or at least most of it!):
The 'altar' with steps is for the Muslim cleric to lead prayers or address his congregation. Islam, however, does not follow sermon-type worship. It was unusual for us seeing the green flag like this in mosques in the former Yugoslav countries but he said they were common here. Again, Steven and I were struck how incredibly kind and welcoming the man at the mosque was. The difference between the welcome we get at mosques and from other religious places of worship has been striking.
Manuscript of the Holy Qur'an aka Koran from the 16th century:
We saw the building again we had climbed last night and wondered anew at our sanity for having done so!
There are lots of small mom and pop style grocery stores all over Mostar and indeed over much of the Balkans. These were among the biggest tomatoes I had ever seen!
Again, I ask the question: graffiti or art?
A photo of the entire BiH flag!
Photo of one of the towers overlooking Stari Most:
Walking across the bridge on these marble steps was interesting and tough!