While we were staying in Medugorje, we visited the old city of Mostar not far from there.
Mostar deserves to be a UNESCO heritage site. It is really a beautiful city. The river Neretva with its emerald hue crosses the old city. Mosques, minarets and the artistic bridge called Stari Most adorn the Muslim quarters. These days the atrocities of the ethnic war between Serbs, Muslims and Croats are over and the citizens coexist peacefully regardless of the religion each professes.
From Medugorje we traveled to Montenegro and had a stop in the old city of Kotor which is a UNESCO heritage site as well. Walking on the squares and narrow alleys, I had a feeling of being in Venice. Apparently, the Venetians who ruled this city for more than three centuries left the imprint of their presence. They also built the impressive fortifications that surround the old city. Climbing the 1600 stairs through the fortifications is the best way to admire a breathtaking landscape. But, what impressed me the most was the view of the huge rock mountains that surround the Bay of Kotor. They seem to rise from the water and touch the sky.
Mostar and Kotor are two special cities. Actually, every city, town, and village in the world has its uniqueness. All of them make up that fantastic colorful mosaic called planet Earth.
Ettore Grillo, author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
– Travels of the Mind