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Driving Through Croatia - October 2012
We had wanted to visit many of the former Yugoslavia countries
but the time constraints limited our choices. One of the choices
ended up being a visit to the city of Mostar, the center of some
war battles in the 1990's.
Since Mostar was in a different country, which was not a member
of the European Union, we could not take our rental vehicle. Instead,
we turned in the rental car and bought a bus ticket to Mostar.
We arrived in Mostar a few minutes before noon on Tuesday,
October 16th and departed on Thursday, the 18th.
Mostar is really two cities, with the Islamists living primarily
on the west side of the river, and Christians in the east side.
Populations are slowly getting mixed, religious and nationalities
on both sides.
Tell a story about the Crooked Bridge
We decided to pay the (small) entry fee to go see the inside of
a Mosque. We were allowed
to wear our shoes part of the way, including the path to the
tower entrance. While I climbed the tower, Lynda took photos of the
interior. I was disappointed that she avoided the parts where
one could not wear shoes. On the positive side, however, she
got some excellent photos of the Mosque inside.
All the photos in the row above and the row below were taken
inside the mosque. No captions are provided as we do not
know what to say except that the mosque was beautiful.
And the ones below were taken from the mosque tower
where I climbed while Lynda was busy downstairs.
And now, just pictures from here and there to show what
we found interesting in Mostar
We found a cemetery with many headstones of
combatants who died in the 1993 wars
One of the things that struck me was the way both Christians and
Islamists got along in spite of the cruel wars that were fought against
each other only about 20 years ago.