I have to share these images from last night. Mostar & the bridge at night.
Then, coming out of the restaurant I am greeted by Horns of Plenty. Only a slightly younger version maybe but the same red & black and the same street music. A wonderful end to the evening.
A drive through scrubby mountains & farmed glacial valleys brings us to Trebinje – no tourist tat, few sights yet charming as an ordinary Bosnian town.
Anyone want to buy my honey?
You never know who is looking over your shoulder when you’re on a big restoration project.
Then off to your monastery of the day – the charming 15 centuruy Tvrdos Monastery which has the extra attraction of making its own high quality wine!
A day for the men to chill & hang out with the boys.
And then there is the meeting of the grand masters of chess. Come rain or shine the competition attracts an audience & feelings can get the better of any participant.
Every move is studied & analysised.
And the knight is taken. I have no idea who is actually playing but there is a lot of shouting & the giving & rejecting of advice.
A few images of Sarajevo in the sunshine:
These two lovely ladies are serving the traditional dish of sirinica – layers of puff pastry with cheese or spinach or minced meat in between; well actually many, many layers of pastry with crumbs of the flavoured ingredient in between. Served with glasses of yogurt by an unsmiling & over hassled grump on right. Hmmmmm. Yum!
On the way we cross the Drina River by the bridge at Visegrad. Google it as has so much history since the Ottoman Turks built it in 16 century.
Then on to Sarajevo, the cultural heart of Bosnia Herzegovina. A small, bustling city where Muslims, Catholics, Jews & Eastern Orthodox & their places of worship mix amongst winding alleys & covered markets. Mix in a few tourists and add some Turkish bazaars & a flavour of Moroccan souks and you get a bustling, glittering and in places elegant city.
Poverty & the scars of war are never too far away.
The cathedral and Gazi Hursev Hey Mosque are around the corner from each other.
Some local ladies.
And a flourishing cafe culture attracts all the with it, cool set.