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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.

Mostar: Doors and Windows

Oops! I should have posted this before we moved onto Sarajevo on our travels!! But, anyway, better late than never. As we wandered around Mostar, one of the things that really struck us was the variety of doors and windows, … Continue reading

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On To Sarajevo

The day we left Mostar, we’d arranged for Ermin to drive us to Sarajevo, a drive of a couple of hours. It’s a beautiful drive, past green mountains, and along the Neretva River part of the way, with lakes and … Continue reading

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Unusual Obituaries

Mostar: As we walked along Brace Fejica, the main street from Masala Square to the start of Old Town, we noticed small paper notices with photos of people and a date tacked on to a wall in several places. Later, … Continue reading

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A Turkish House in Mostar

We took a guided walking tour of Old Town Mostar with Alma. She explained many things about the city and its history, took us to the New Muslim Cemetery, the Old Bridge, the Tanners Mosque, and a Turkish house. Mostar … Continue reading

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Learning About Bosnian Coffee

Café de Alma Bosnian coffee is very similar to Turkish coffee, but the Bosnians proudly say theirs is a little different and better. After our morning guided walking tour of some of Old Mostar with Alma Elezovic, she took us … Continue reading

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Mostar: Dinner at Sadrvan

Dinner at Restoran Sadrvan (which means “fountain”) Jusovina 11, open daily 10am-12am This is in the Old Town on the other side of the river from the Coppersmiths Street, over the Old Bridge. Eddie, our Guest House host in Dubrovnik, … Continue reading

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Tea and Coffee with a View

After Ermin dropped us at our hotel and we settled in, we wandered into Old Town Mostar, looking for lunch. At the edge of Old Town a series of so-so restaurants serve “authentic Bosnian” food. Because we were so new … Continue reading

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Mostar Old Town

Mostar Old Town The name of the city comes from the word “mostari” (“watchers of the bridge”), who were the guards of a suspension bridge over the River Neretva before the Old Bridge was built. The most famous sight in … Continue reading

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Introduction to Mostar

**NOTE: This post has many photos. Please scroll through and enjoy. We thought Mostar was colorful, flavorful, and packed with a rich history. It’s a captivating city as it has many faiths living together (seemingly at peace nowadays) and the … Continue reading

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Getting to Mostar

From Dubrovnik we wanted to get to Mostar in Bosnia-Herzegovina. We decided to use a driver recommended by Rick Steves, and it was a great decision. His name is Ermin Elezovic, who is a very friendly English-speaking resident of Mostar. … Continue reading

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