Being my mom has taken its toll on my blogging. But I promise from now on you can expect more posts during the month. I have been so busy and quite honestly exhausted by motherhood, but equally excited. Being a mom is such an unpredictable event. If you have always been a planner or a person of prediction, having a kid will definitely loosen you up and shake up your world. Just as you think, there is a routine, the baby changes or does something new. That said it kind of obvious that I didn’t have a lot of time to dedicate to writing my blog, something I am really sad about and will change in future. Since I have been out of the game for the past few months, I was not invited to visit many places. To be honest, I wouldn’t be able to anyway. However, a special invitation did come this time, and it was one I was really excited to RSVP to.
As you may know, my birth country is Croatia, and many of you know its treasures. But our neighbours have wonderful nature and scenery as well. I have been following a couple of Canadian bloggers, who mostly do nature and outdoor travelling content, and I was so amazed at some of their photos that they took in Bosnia and Hercegovina. I had no idea that such a wonderful nature is literally on my doorstep.
Many cities and villages in Bosnia and Hercegovina are amazing and charming, but one stands out, out of all of them.
Mostar is situated on the Neretva River and is the fifth-largest city in the country. Mostar was named after the bridge keepers (mostari) who in the medieval times guarded the Stari Most (Old Bridge) over the Neretva. The Old Bridge, built by the Ottomans in the 16th century, is one of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s most recognizable landmarks and is considered one of the most exemplary pieces of Islamic architecture in the Balkans. We all heard stories of war and horrible things that happened there in the past, but none of us could really visualise this amazing city.
Thus I was so excited to finally go and see it with my own eyes.
To be honest, when you first come into the city you have a hard time imagining that an old town like this is placed somewhere in it. You go from a more modern architecture into the cobbled streets that lead you to this charming old town. While Mostar is bigger than just this part, the old town is 100% the spirit of the city. Many restaurants are placed around the river Neretva, where we enjoyed the views of the bridge while sipping on a refreshing Mostarsko Pivo (beer).
But what is a Beer without Cevapcici?
The first thing you will learn when you come to any city in Bosnia or Hercegovina is Cevapcici. Surely after that, you will learn a couple of ”tantrums” but we all do that don’t we?
We have situated ourselves in a small restaurant next to the river and we ordered a portion of Cevapcici. How could we even come here without ordering some? I did expect them to be cheaper, but restaurants with the view of the bridge do have some spicy prices. Don’t worry, it’s nothing too extravagant. The weather was not on our side at that time, so we hid indoors, where we collected a couple of cat cuddles.
Might be interesting for some of you. I definitely got some Istanbul Vibes in the old town. Many decorations and souvenirs, as well as streets and little cafes, are similar looking to the ones I had a chance to see in Istanbul. Even their love for the stray cats is warming the hearts of the tourists. While we sat and spoke about life, many little kittens and bigger cats, approached us in the restaurant. It is perfectly normal for them to seek shelter in warm places. The best part is, people, don’t mind, but welcome them. Of course, if you don’t like the cats, they will happily move them for you. For me, this is very important. I always said that people who don’t like animals, don’t like people eaither. And no one likes a hater.
Stari most or the old bridge is really the epicentre of Mostar. When you walk the roads that lead to it, you almost feel as if you have travelled back through time. It is so amazing to be able to witness them in this day and age.
The view from the bridge is amazing in all directions, and crossing it is an experience all for its own.
If you are bringing any sort of high heel to Mostar, you will probably regret it. There is no way you can walk the old town in anything but a comfy sneaker. I would even avoid flip-flops or loose sandals. The cobbled roads are way too slippery for anyone to concur them with any type of shoe other than the good old sneaker.
If you are into bringing something authentic home, the old town has everything you need to bring a piece of this spirit back home.
After we took the tour of the old town in the 2 days we stayed here, the weather as I mentioned before has moved us indoors, into our hotel where we spent a good amount of time relaxing and enjoying.
The hotel where we stayed is called Mepas hotel and actually it is on the two top floors of a shopping centre. It is a complete shopping trap, so as you can imagine, we have left some money and bought ourselves a few bits and bobs.
Our room was really spacious and had amazing views over the city that we got to enjoy every sunrise and sunset. I actually had two nights of full sleep after many nights, so I have to say the beds in these hotels are absolutely amazing. Fun fact is, that you can still smoke everywhere in Mostar. But if you think the rooms smell of cigarettes, they don’t. When I walked in there was not even an inkling of odour.
We also took the time to loosen up and relax, by visiting their spa and dipping our feet into the heated pool.
We also had some cucumber fun in the bedroom, while we waited for the storm to settle. Also, meet Karmen, she is the mastereye behind all of my photos. If it weren’t for this crazy chic, my photos would suck.
I also joined a blogger workshop in the shopping mall, where I got to meet some of my local followers. It was such a nice experience to meet all of these people. I always feel a little awkward when people gather around to take photos. I can’t believe people are actually interested in me, it’s so humbling and amazing.
So if you want to see something different, and you are unsure of where to go. I would definitely suggest you go and visit Mostar and take in all the warmth of their people and the atmosphere. And don’t even for a second think, that this is where it finishes because in my second post I am taking you to some amazing nature just minutes away from Mostar. So keep your eyes on my blog.