24 hours in Mostar

Where We Stayed

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Motel Emen

Onešćukova 32,

Mostar 88000,

Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

I thought motels meant you could drive up to them? Nothing too major as the ‘Motel’ was a 2 minute walk down a cobbled road but still slightly odd. There wasn’t anything too special about this place, it did the job for the one night we stayed but there were a few things not so great with it. The bed sheets were a rough towl-like thin blanket, the aircon was pretty shocking (I didn’t even use my rough towl blanket I was so hot) and the owner failed to tell us that you need to have a certain switch kept on in order for the boiler in the bathroom to work (I had a very interesting cold shower before dinner).

I wouldn’t really recommend this place – sorry Motel Emen!

 

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Where We Ate

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Sadrvan,

Jusovina 11,

STARI GRAD MOSTAR,

Mostar 88000 ,

Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

It’s pretty tough to find a place that’s not a tourist place here, pretty much every place is targeted at tourists but despite this, the cost of things is pretty cheap in Mostar so it’s not really a big deal. The hostess here wasn’t brilliant, Laurence had booked a table and spoken to people VIA email and the hostess was convinced that they didn’t take bookings and no table was reserved for us. In the end we asked for the manager who instantly knew who Laurence was and showed us to our table (I have to admit it annoyed me quite a bit but at least we got our table in the end). They had set out a lovely table for us with little turkish delights under our glasses for us, a bottle of red wine (which wasn’t free – don’t be fooled, however we thought what the heck and had it anyway), they had also opened our menus out at the sharing plate dishes for us. Like I said this was totally a tourest trap but I like the effort they put in.

The food was lovely, well cooked, traditional and great amount for what you pay. The setting here is also lovely, although when booking we were told there was a view of the bridge when there isnt… Still it was a lovely meal with brilliant service.

Word of warning, if you’re not a cat lover then watch out, Mostar has a lot of strays (which doesn’t bother me – I LOVE cats) and we did have a lot of them running about during dinner. I think this is something you need to just put up with in Mostar.

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Hindin Han,

Jusovina bb,

Mostar 88000,

Bosnia and Herzegovina

 

We stopped for some brunch at Hindin Han the following morning and even though we try not to eat at the top places on Trip Advisor (I prefer more local places not touristy places), we didn’t have enough time to find somewhere more local so we decided to just give this place a go.

The food was okay, nothing special but also not terrible. The waiter was also very lovely but again not amazing service. Going to places like this I do really struggle to understand how they have got so high on Trip Advisor as it’s not blow-my-socks-off amazing.

Like I said, everything was okay, but that’s just it – okay.

 

 

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What We Did

 

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Old Bridge (Stari Most)

Mostar 88000,

Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

Little did I know this was the whole reason for us visiting Mostar as at the top of this bridge Laurence proposed to me! So I’m probably pretty biased as to how good this landmark is… Despite that this landmark is beautiful. Locals go around collecting money to jump off the bridge (which is pretty impressive to see – it’s a huge drop!). My advice is to go down to the edge of the river or one of the bars that has a view of the bridge and relax and wait for someone to take the plunge. Unless if you’re in a big rush and want to see the jump as soon as possible, I would wait – in the space of 2 hours we saw 3 people jump off. So don’t waste your money.

24 Hours in Sarajevo

Where we ate

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Buregdzinica Sac

Mali Bravadziluk 2,

Sarajevo 71000,

Bosnia and Herzegovina

We were recommended to come to Sac by our hotel – I’m not sure how ‘Touristy’ this place is because our hotel said this is the place locals like to go to (although I’m never sure If I believe hotels when they say that… are they actually just getting people to go to their friends restaurant?). But this place did seem to be full of locals which is a very promising sign. We had the local dish Börek which is thin flaky dough known as phyllo wrapped around various different fillings – we had spinach and feta and a herbed pork filling. Both of which were very tasty! If you’re after a quick meal to keep your energy up then this is the thing for you. Be warned it is a little greasy so if you’re one for light fresh dishes, this may not be your thing.

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Nanina Kuhinja

Kundurdžiluk 35,

Sarajevo 71000,

Bosnia & Herzegovina

As I mentioned before, I’m not too sure how authentic and ‘non-touristy’ places are when suggested by your hotel, however after hours of searching for blog posts on where to eat in Sarajevo and failing terribly, we thought we should give this place a go. Nanina Kuhinja (which translates to Nana’s Kitchen) is just off of Pigeon Square on one of the shopping streets. The seating is very Moroccan influenced and the location of being right off the square and on the side street is great if you like people watching (which Laurence and I definitely do!). We were recommended to try the traditional breakfast dish of Bosnian Fritters – these are pretty much savory doughnuts with soft cheese. If you come here, be sure to try the elderflower drink – very refreshing on a hot day.

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Where we drank

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Zlatna ribica

Kaptol 5,

Sarajevo 71000,

Bosnia & Herzegovina

If you’re someone who loves a good bar design that has a love for old music then this is the place for you. We fell in love with this bar, the interior is like a wonderland from 1900, full of little trinkets around the place which have obviously built up over time from vintage necklaces to cute china bowls – they could make a small fortune selling things! Laurence is a bar designer so this was his dream in terms of laid back atomistphre and crazy junk shop interior. Menus are written over the pages of old books and the seating is so mixed and relaxed you could feel like you’re sat in your grandmas living room. The only thing that would improve this place is a cocktail menu – this is the kind of place I expect to find a weird smoked bacon cocktail. Unfortunately the closest thing to a cocktail is a gin and tonic on this menu. Well worth a visit!

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What we did – Culture and Shopping

 

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Brick a Brack Store (name unknown)

Kraćule,

Bosnia and Herzegovina

I’m not too sure on the name of this place, it doesn’t seem to have much of a presence on the internet! But it’s located about 2 minutes walk from Pigeon Square on the road “Kraćule”. It’s a brilliant little store full of amazing treasures, Laurence and I could have brought the whole shop – especially the super cool old Disney ornaments.

 

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Sacred Heart Cathedral

Trg Fra Grge Martića 2,

Sarajevo 71000,

Bosnia & Herzegovina

Located right in the middle of one of the main shopping streets this church is perfect to take shelter from the busy streets. I’m not religious but I love admiring a good church, they have so much history and I love the fact that there was so much passion in believing something and they were built to celebrate this. Well worth a little peek when you’re in the area.

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The Eternal flame

The Eternal Flame a memorial to the military and civilian victims of the Second World War in Sarajevo. The memorial was dedicated on 6 April 1946, the first anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo from the four-year-long occupation by Nazi Germany and the State of Croatia. I wouldn’t exactly go out of my way to see this, however it was close to the main shopping street and interesting to go see.

My Top Healthy-ish Dinner Recipes

The final video in the series! I’ve really enjoyed filming and editing these videos, although it does make me hungry for the hour I spend editing. I’m well aware there are more healthier recipes out there, hence the name ‘Healthy-ish’. I think life is all about balance and let’s be honest, who wants to be eating salad every day of the week anyway? Hopefully this will give you some ideas for dinners you can make – let me know if you try any 🙂

H x

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Summer Fashion Haul Video

 

This time I have good reason to be splurging! My summer holiday is around the corner and I’m taking full advantage of the hot weather in Monte Negro and making sure I have a wardrobe to suit! I promise after this holiday the spends will quieten down (this statement is more for my bank balance then anything else).

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