It was a lovely, relaxing day, which is just the way we planned it. We got a bit of a late start, but we were up touristing by about 9:30, and started with the marketplace in this picturesque city of Mostar. Lots of beautiful stuff on display, but other than some baklava and Turkish coffee, made no purchases. It probably took us an hour to get down to the bridge, which is sort of the spiritual center and biggest tourist draw in town. (Mostar is named after the original inhabitants, the Mostari, defenders of the bridge)
People dive off it, which is a show for tourists, and it sure looks scary as hell, because the stream is very narrow and so you might think it’s not very deep but right below the bridge I guess it is. Wandered around the other side a bit, saw some buildings which still bore the scars of the war (93-95. After gaining their independence from Serbia, the Christians and Muslims turned on each other) and the High School which is supposed to be a way of bringing the two communities together, a lovely example of Islamic architecture. (I think Islam is a dumb religion, even among religions, which I think are all a bit ridiculous, but I am a fan of their architecture and their cuisine)
After that, we took a trip up to Kavica Falls. I had no idea what to expect, hadn’t even seen any pictures. It’s actually several falls, a wall of water plummeting over the edge and forming a sizable pool at the bottom. Which was seriously, almost painfully cold. I got in and swam for a bit, Isabel did too but never put her head completely under, Helena dabbled her toes, and Sam stayed out entirely.
Had a truly excellent meal at an outdoor cafe afterwards, and tomorrow we’re off to Dubrovnik.