Monday, August 9, 2010
Want to know where I'm heading this time? Mostar.
Famous for its Stari Most (Old Bridge), Mostar is one of the most important cities in Herzegovina today. More than 15 million dollars has been spent on restoring the city after the end of the major part of the war in the mid-1990s. Most of this money when to rebuild the city's famous bridge and the surrounding area. Today it's as charming as it was before and the rehabilitation efforts are noticed within minutes.
The bridge connects the two sides of the cities, which were very much divided before the war with the Bosnian Muslims libinvong on one side and the Croatian catholics livingon the other. It was built originally by the Turkish in the 1500s.
What really strikes me about this city? That although you can still spot traces of war, the locals are determined to keep things light and fresh. Take this outdoor café for example (there's no one sitting outside because the photograph was taken just after a hail storm!), I can imagine it's a popular hang out place for the city's twenty-somethings and thirsty visitors.
As for my trip, I'll be taking the train from Sarajevo to Mostar (an infrequent service to say the least) and I've already found a really cheap hotel with a view of the bridge (so they promise) using a travel search site, liligo.com. Looks useful for finding the cheapest hotels in Europe and just about anywhere else in the world!
Have you ever used it? What other kinds of sites to you use to make your travel plans?