More bits and bobs about Mostar:
- The streets in the old town are generally either cobbled (which is really hard on the feet – especially if you are wearing new shoes!), or they are made of marble. The Old Bridge is made of marble, but as it is built at an angle going up, and again when going down the other side, they have this unique arrangement where there is a raised marble slat about a step apart. This helps you not to slide – I think it is required more in wet weather!
- The city feels incredibly safe to walk around in. And according to the guide book it is safe!
· Credit cards are not widely accepted. We went to quite an upmarket restaurant this evening for dinner, which is attached to a hotel. The hotel apparently takes credit card, but not the restaurant. Luckily we did have cash on us …
· Although it is a Muslim country, I have not seen a single woman in a burkha. I think I see more burkhas in England!
· There are quite a number of people who ride scooters, but none of them wear helmets. Whenever I see people on scooters, I long for one again myself! It’s such a pity that Manchester doesn’t have the kind of weather that encourages scooters. I would love to have a retro Vespa!
· Many many people end up walking in the road, due to the fact that pavements just disappear. This is generally as a result of whole areas being cordoned off around old derelict and ruined buildings. But adding to this, is the fact that there isn’t enough parking, so people park virtually anywhere, including on the pavements.
· Have you ever been given change in chocolate ladybirds? Us either, until today that is. We went into a store to buy some drinks, but didn’t have the right money and the lady didn’t have the right change. So instead we got a chocolate ladybird as change. We loved it.
· It is a real pity about the amount of litter strewn around the city. Both in the rivers as well as any unused cavity, such as a ruined building. One canal had a carpet dumped in it and other a whole pile of clothes. Other than that it is generally plastic and glass bottles and other general rubbish.
· As in most of continental Europe, they do like their coffee – strong black coffee. I have yet to see tea on a menu, but coffee is always present. And coffee generally means an espresso.
· It is so lovely to see old men playing chess in the evenings in one of the cafés. You can see that they have a true community spirit – and socialising doesn’t mean having to drink alcohol together, like it does in the UK …
· Sarajevska beer is my new favourite beer. I wonder if you get it in the UK?