Daytrip to the old Turkish seat
Trip Start Apr 08, 2007
129Trip End Oct 01, 2007
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I had to get up fairly early in order to catch a convenient bus out (at 9:15).
Funnily enough though, once we got into town, we ended up losing track of each other for a couple hours. I went around the corner and along a main road to snap some pics, and when I came back down, she was nowhere to be found. I figured she had gone up to the castle, but didn't wind up locating her there either after hiking up. Oh well. The castle itself was apparently erected to defend against a Turkish incursion into the territory and is still largely intact. Ironically, it never saw a battle as the Bosnian kingdom had already collapsed by the time it was finished. Located on the top of a hill in the middle of the old Turkish area, it offers breathtaking views over the surrounding hills and the town below. The perfect place to sit down and relax, which I made sure to do so I could catch up on my travel journal
I passed about half an hour winding through the old backstreets around the castle and then descended back to the river and town center. Just across from the Turkish quarter sits one of the city's more famous sights: the uniquely-decorated Sarena (Many-Colored) Mosque. The outer wall designs have faded considerably with time, but it's still among the most unique Muslim buildings I've seen in the country. After that I thought I'd track down the one remaining main sight - the commemorative museum house of Ivo Andrić. What do you know . . . I run into my morning's travel companion on the way! Apparently she got confused after not being able to find me and then went in to check out a medressa in the area. Some guy tried to direct her to where he'd seen me, but she wasn't able to track me down from there. Obviously I must have walked right past her on the way back through after taking a picture. Heh . . . oops.
We ended up swinging by the Ivo Andrić Museum together from then and having a look at the assorted paraphernelia there. It's a humble, historic place, but the personal effects, collection of his books and shots from his Nobel Prize ceremony in the 60s were interesting. With that done, we'd basically seen the whole of Travnik - not exactly a town heavy on specific sights
It's onward to the final destination in Bosnia tomorrow - the celebrated historic city of Mostar and its famed (now-reconstructed) bridge. After that it's back to Croatia for a spell and then southwards to newly-independent Montenegro.