The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Mostar was a great surprise

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina turned out to be a real surprise package, my hotel by the river is only $35 and the nice couple Arnela & Adis running the place booked me a car to do a 3 hour tour of the area for $70 aud. The funny thing was they said “we are not busy today can we come with you?” So as it turned out I had 3 personal translators and tour guides including Admir the driver. Consequently I was able to see a lot of the surrounding country , we visited a town that has become famous because some children claim to have seen a vision in 1981, now thousands of believers (mainly Italian) flock here every year which has turned the village into a boom-town called Medjugorje.

Adis, Arnela & Admir

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This is Adis, Arnela & Admir who were my translators and tour guides, we drove to Medjugorje, Kravice Waterfalls, Pocitelj and Blagaj. Anela & Adis work at the Vila park hotel which is a terrific place to stay, close to the Old Town and the bus station. Anelia helped me so much organizing taxis and even taking me to the phone shop to have a data package put on my phone. The Vila park only costs about $35 per night if you book through Agoda.

Admir is a great taxi driver who will charge you the correct price, he speaks German & the local language but only a little English. You can phone him on +387 62 600 260, or if you are local 062 600 260.

Kravice Waterfall

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The noise of the water was quite loud.

Here is a short video of the falls


Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

This was a delightful spot, I never would have found it without my guides. 🙂

Pocitelj Castle

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Počitelj is a town in the Čapljina municipality, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The historic site of Počitelj is located on the left bank of the river Neretva, on the main Mostar to Metković road, and it is to the south of Mostar. During the Middle Ages, Počitelj was considered the administrative centre and centre of governance of Dubrava župa (county), while its westernmost point gave it major strategic importance. It is believed that the fortified town along with its attendant settlements were built by Bosnia’s King Stjepan Tvrtko I in 1383. The walled town of Počitelj evolved in the period from the 16th to the 18th centuries.

The Mosque at Pocitelj

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The Mosque was destroyed in the war in 1993 as you can see in the following photo, it was rebuilt in 2005.

History of the mosque.

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

This photo telling the story was on the wall of the mosque.

Parts of the Mosque when it was destroyed.

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

A collection of part of the wreckage in Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina.


Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Here is where all the believers flock to and listen to the stories about the sighting of Maria.

Behind the church

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Seating here for thousands of pilgrims.

Statue of Maria

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Quite a lovely statue of Maria.

The Old Bridge is the star of the show.

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Stari Most is a reconstruction of a 16th-century Ottoman bridge in the city of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina that crosses the river Neretva and connects two parts of the city.

Stari Most

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The bridge is a magic sight, just this one attraction makes a visit to Mostar worthwhile.

View from Bella Vista restaurant

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Bella Vista is a nice place to have lunch with a great view of the bridge.

A cold beer at Bella Vista

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The local beer was very good indeed in Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina.

Cevapcici at Bella Vista

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The Cevapcici was as good as I have ever tasted.

My new friend at Bella Vista

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

A friendly local at Bella Vista.

The view from Bella Vista

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

This reminds me of a mini version of Table Mountain in Cape Town. Funnily enough it was exactly one year ago when I was in Capetown on my Seven Super Cities tour.

Bella Vista restaurant from the Old Bridge

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The restaurant opposite is where I had my Cevapcici.

View from Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Such a fascinating place, and to think it was never in my original plans.

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

I have really never seen a more attractive old bridge anywhere in the world.

From my hotel room in Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

Old Bridge Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina

The Vila Park hotel is great value and in a perfect location, book your room through  Agoda for a great deal.

Thanks for visiting my Mostar Bosnia Herzegovina photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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