05 June 2012

Thoughts on Sarajevo

Given its recent history, I was surprised at the vibrancy of Sarajevo (even though I had read that this was so).   The various cultures seem to co-exist, but who am I, as a short-term visitor, to comment on this?  The place most definitely is on the tourist circuit, which I expect contributes to the atmosphere.

Main mosque
One end of the main part of the city centre seems to be more Turkish in feel, with fewer restaurants selling alcohol (but certainly some do) and more small shops, whereas at the other end, every cafe has alcohol and the shops are more western in layout.

Grilled food is readily available at reasonable prices.  There are other restaurants, such as those in the hotels and the odd one or two (but not a lot) serving things such as pasta and Mexican food.   But as with Banja Luka, I haven't sighted  any Chinese, Thai or Indian restaurants.   Perhaps they're here, but if so, they're not very visible.
A section of the tram line is being reconstructed, so there are substitute buses - and quite a lot of traffic congestion as a result (not apparent from the photo, though).  There are numerous taxis, and although they're not expensive by world standards, they're not the great bargain that the information put out by the tourist office suggests!
Sebilj Fountain

I was apprehensive as to the quality of hotels, based on previous trips and some comments on the internet, and so went for top-of-the-range both in Banja Luka and here.   However, it's pretty clear that there are a number of new hotels in the next tier down in both cities,  which with the benefit of hindsight would have been perfectly adequate.
There a 2 long distance bus stations, and we will have to head a little way out of town to the Eastern bus station to catch the bus back to Belgrade

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