Kapoor Year 14A: Croatia And The Balkans travel blog

After Working To Change Our Plans To Include Delhi, We Set Off...

We Crossed A Bridge Near Our Hotel So That We Could See...

Once On The Famous Bridge Itself Is Impossible To View It, So...

We Decided A Visit To The Museum Was In Order, For The...

We Climbed To The Very Top Of The Fortifications On The Right...

Most Were Covered With Wire Netting To Keep Out The Birds, Here...

I Think You'll Agree That The View Is Much Better, This Is...

This Document Shows The Progression Of The Bridge Building From The 15th...

Here's An Old Photo Of The Original Bridge Before It Was Destroyed...

The Bridge Was Reconstructed Using The Ancient Techniques, Locally Quarried Stone Cemented...

This Is A Still From A Video We Watched Where The Very...

The Surface Of The Bridge Was Reconstructed Using The Original Stones Recovered...

The Railings Were Recreated As Well, Consistent With The Designs Found By...

Standing On The Bridge I Was Able To Look Up At The...

An Old Tradition Has Young Men Jumping From The Bridge For Money,...

To Help Him Change His Mind, I Suggested He Take A Photo...

After Crossing Over The Bridge We Found A Lovely Shaded Lane Full...

We Were Keen On Stretching Out Legs A Bit So Took A...

At First I Thought The Tall Tower Looked Like A Mosque's Minaret,...

The Cathedral Attached To The Monastery Was Quite Modern, Built After The...

I Managed To Take A Photo Just Before The Brown-Robed Priest Hustled...

We Roamed Around Looking For A Place For Lunch, And Settled On...

Anil Settled On A Bosnian Beer, Sarajevsko (Sarajevo?) A Lager Dating Back...

I Opted For A Bottle Of Sparking Water, Trying To Avoid Putting...

I Wanted To Focus On Enjoying The Food Here, It Is So...

When We Were On The Bridge I'd Taken This Photo Of A...

Now As We Were Eating I Noticed Some Excitement Developing On the...

Here You Can See Him Falling, In A Red Shirt Just To...

What A Beautiful Splash! I Just Kept Clicking Hoping To Get It...

With Our Thirst Quenched And Bellies Full, It Was Time To Climb...

I Was Surprised To See A Unique Roofing Style, These Stones Were...

After A Lovely Rest We Ventured Out Again When Most Of The...

I Was Able To Take Photos Of The Bridge Without A Single...

The Arch Is Actually Quite Steep And Here You Can Get A...

The Raised Stones Help To Ensure Safer Footing And Also Repel Water...

While Walking 'Home' Again I Happened Across These Stones Placed In Concentric...

And A Lovely Flower Design In The Middle, The Ancient Road Builders...

I'd Come Across Two Photos When Visiting The War Photos Museum In...

Apparently The Bridge Withstood Something Like 68 Direct Artillery Hits Before it...


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KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

It’s very hard to appreciate the beauty of the bridge when you are standing upon it, and even more difficult if it’s awash in selfie-taking tourists. I had a feeling that people would be slow to get started, especially if they are part of a tour that includes breakfast at their hotel. For that reason, I was prepared to get up early, and have my breakfast a little late.

My hunch paid off. It was a beautiful Sunday morning and all was quiet, not even the locals were stirring. By the time I reached the entrance to the bridge, and the surrounding pedestrian lanes, I did see a person or two. One shop was open and I managed to find an ATM so that I could draw out enough cash for the driver who was taking us by road to Split, Croatia on the Adriatic Coast.

We had spent the previous day exploring wee Mostar so I was familiar enough with the old part of town that I managed to take the photos I wanted to take and get back to our hotel within the hour. Anil had told me when I was leaving that he wouldn’t worry about me unless I was gone more than an hour. It was 8:11 when I set out, and I arrived back at our hotel room door at 9:09. I waited outside till exactly 9:11 and knocked on the door.

He looked both relieved and surprised when he opened the door. We both had a laugh about the time because our first child, Adia was born at 9:11am and ever since there seemed to be something spooky about how often we check the clock and find the time ending in the number 11.

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