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IS MOSTAR A GOOD EASTER DAY DESTINATION? PLUS A SPRING OUTFIT PROPOSAL

Luckily for me, Mostar is an excellent Easter day destination. You see, I had travel plans for this Easter weekend, but I caught a bad cold so I decided to stay in the city I'm currently based in. That's actually not a bad thing because (if you ask me) Mostar makes for a great Easter day destination. Naturally, I've would have loved to visit my family, but since that wasn't possible, I'm happy to be spending Easter in Mostar. I've already cleaned and decorated my home for Easter so I'm all set. I've also prepared an outfit proposal but more about that later on. First I'll talk a bit about Mostar. Why is Mostar such a great spring destination? I can think of a number of reasons, but from top of my head I would say wonderful climate, beautiful landmarks and interesting history. Mostar is gorgeous in spring time. With its seven rivers and a number of lovely parks, Mostar can feel like a city oasis.


 Spending Easter in Mostar is something I would definitely recommend. If you are a believer, there are also plenty of churches where you can attend the holy mass. The multicultural environment makes it perfect for lovers of history and culture. According to the last population count, there are 105, 797 people living in Mostar (48.9 % Croats,  41.1% Bosniaks and 4.1 % Serbs ) so as you can see it is a multi-ethnic town. Mostar is also multi-religious, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity and Islam are the three main religions present here. Today I'll talk a bit about some of Mostar's churches. I'll present two of the larges catholic churches in Mostar to you. The first one is the church and monastery of Saint Peter and Paul. The second one is the city's cathedral. If you want to see a more detailed view of these two imposing churches, you're welcome to check my posts here and here.

THE CHURCH AND THE MONASTERY OF SAINT PETER AND SAINT PAUL, MOSTAR
People who aren't from Mostar often mistake this church with the city cathedral. I know I used to do  so in the past. Like many others, I assumed it was the cathedral because it is so grand and impressive. This church and monastery are actually quite new. This church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is newly built because the old church dating back to the 19th century was completely destroyed in the war. It was rebuild in recent times and now it also includes a large monastery and a church tower. The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul can also boost with an impressive library that contains 40,000 volumes of old and vintage books. This complex is a very imposing structure with its church tower that stands 107 meters tall. If you're not afraid of the heights, I recommend paying it a visit. The view from 107 meters is quite majestic. As you can imagine, the view from this bell tower offers an amazing panorama. There is an elevator that takes you almost all the way to the top, so you just need to climb for a little bit. Make sure you bring warm clothing, at 107 meters it can get windy. I'm not entirely sure about the admission price, I think I payed around 3 euros when I was there last. There is no fee for entering any of the churches in Mostar that I know of, just this bell tower. I enjoyed visiting it, even if personally I think three euros is a bit pricey, the view was still worth it.


Behind the church, there is a lovely cafe and snack bar Campanile where I often stop for a cup of coffee. Besides beverages, they serve cakes and ice-cream here. At Campanile, they also sell souvenirs, sweets and books. Possibly they also offer some other services. Anyhow, it is a peaceful place to stop by for a cup of coffee. After mass, it can get a bit crowded, but generally speaking, it's one of a more chilled places with a lovely terrace outside and black and white photographs of Mostar city inside. There is another cafe across the street and the coffee there is just as good. There are also a number of small hotels and motels in the immediate vicinity where you can order coffee as well. I can probably name the nearest cafe serving establishment anytime anywhere. I've developed a  bit of caffeine dependency, I'm afraid. I love tea just as much as coffee. Anyhow, there are literally hundreds of cafes in Mostar and most of them serve excellent espresso and tea.




OUTFIT PROPOSAL OF THE DAY: ORANGE DRESS AND LEOPARD HEELS

Now, before we move onto the next landmark, I'll say a few words about my outfit proposal. I wore this outfit to church yesterday. We originally went to Saint Peter and Saint Paul church to pray but as it was still closed (it was very early in the morning), we went to the city cathedral that was luckily already opened. I like the colours of this outfits, I think I'll wear this outfit on repeat. Orange, white and brown seems like a good combination of colours. The orange dress I'm wearing is a designer piece (from a local brand Bellissima), the white blazer is vintage and the bag was a gift. I wore this dress with leopard heels and a white bag to keep the colours in tone. I also added a scarf as a finishing touch. I do like this trend of wearing scarves in one's hair, it's tres chic, don't you agree? If you pay attention to the background, you'll see how fabulously green Hum hill is this time of year. It makes me want to climb it asap.


THE CITY CATHEDRAL, CHURCH OF MARY QUEEN OF SKY AND MOTHER OF CHURCH

Mostar's city cathedral is quite modern in design.  Its official name is Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the Sky and Mother of Church. Mostar's city cathedral was build in the eighties and the time period marked it in many ways. It is because it was build during the communism that its size was limited. The bell tower was added later on because of the same reason: communism. Despite the legal restrictions for religious building that existed during communism,  the cathedral has a nice design. The inside of the church makes me think of mountain churches for some reason. It is not something I'd expect in a Mediterranean church, but then again its design is modern.  The cathedral is located in vicinity of bishop's residence, that is as far as I know, not opened for viewing.


That would be all for today. Are you ready for Easter? As I already said, I'm all set. I took all day to clean my house, prepare the decorations and everything for Easter. I really enjoyed decorating my home this year. I didn't buy any new decorations because I'm trying to be more environmentally friendly. Instead of buying new decorations, I just improvised a bit and used the old ones in a new way. I also coloured my Easter eggs using wine, which is a natural and non toxic way of colouring eggs that I can totally recommend. All you need to do is place the eggs in wine, boil them for about twenty minutes and then left them in wine over night. In the morning, you just place them on a napkin and let them dry. You can use the left over wine for cleaning purposes. I've already blogged about non toxic ways to colour eggs, but I can prepare another post if you're interested.


Thank you for reading. Have a great weekend! Happy Easter day to those who celebrate it!

I've linked up this look to Modish Matrons link up and Mica's weekly wear link up. 

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  1. Estupenda entrada! ! Te espero por mi blog! Buenas noches!

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  2. What a great idea to visit this place where there are so many churches and cathedrals for the holiday. I just love the one that looks like it belongs in Greece.
    We usually spend the time together with my cousin and her family at either her house or my house although we have gone out for brunch a couple times in the area. Nothing as spectacular as where you are.
    And I just love your outfit. I always, always love a white jacket and maybe I'll wear mine tomorrow. It supposed to rain on us and start getting cold so I I think I'm actually going to wear pants. That's unheard of for me because I always gravitate towards dresses and skirts for Easter. But I'm deciding I need to be functional also!!
    XOXO
    Jodie

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    1. white jackets are so versatile, aren't they? Happy Easter.

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  3. Mostar sounds like a perfect place to spend Easter. I love that the city is accepting of a variety of religions. So important. The tower of Saint Peter and Saint Paul sounds like a must do if in the city. I imagine the views are breathtaking with the gorgeous landscape. Great idea to dye eggs with wine. I will definitely remember that one!

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    1. yes, the panorama is quite breath-taking. I will post photographs as soon as I manage to dig them from my archives.

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  4. Have a great Easter Sunday! You look fab in that gorgeous dress and fantastic shoes!

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  5. While it's a shame you can't travel and be with family it looks like a lovely place to spend Easter in.
    I hope you feel better soon!

    I really like your stylish outfit too, the dress and blazer are a classic combo and the scarf in your hair so cute.

    Hope that you are having a lovely Easter :)

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  6. Nice place for life and for Eeaster. And beautiful dress! :)

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  7. Mostar looks very fresh and green - so perfect for Easter! I also wanted to make a getaway for easter, but in the end we're staying in the city. So strange, but Milan is so empty today, hihi. No decorations at home here, but at least we bought a huge chocolate egg and traditional Colomba cake!

    Love your hair scarf! I also enjoy wearing silky scarfs in my hair! ^_^

    Happy Easter dear! <3

    xx,
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    1. Thank you Bri. That sounds like a lovely tradition. Cake is always a good idea.

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  8. Hello, nice post and really amazing blog.
    Would you like to follow each other?
    Kisses :)

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  9. Lepa kombinacija, draga! :)


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  10. Мне очень понравилось платье! Я люблю такой стиль ))

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  11. Sorry to hear that your cold has prevented you from visiting your family. Having a hometown as gorgeous as Mostar does make up for it, though. Thanks for showing us around, and pointing out the best places to have coffee ;-) The panorama from the bell tower of Saint Peter and Saint Paul sounds very impressive, but I'm totally in love with the Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the Sky and Mother of Church. A wonderful name for a wonderful building! xxx

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    1. thank you so much dear. I'm glad you liked them both.

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  12. Dear Ivana, hopefully your cold has gone! I admire you for finding in every situation something positive and I wish you that you nevertheless can see your family soon. But I agree Mostar is obviously a perfect destination. There are so many fantastic churches and also the landscape is wonderful green. You have not only everyting decorated in organised in your house for Easter - even your look is perfect for these holidays! Hopefully you enjoyed Easter so far!
    Happy Easter!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. Thank you Rena. There is something positive in almost every situation. The life itself is an opportunity to learn- and what is more positive than learning?

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  13. You look lovely and Mostar looks like a wonderful place to spend Easter!

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  14. Fabulous place and photos ❤

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  15. Your photos are all absolutely gorgeous - hope you had an amazing weekend and can't wait to see more of your posts!

    Layla x

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  16. Hope you had a lovely Easter. You look great in that outfit, really classy!

    Have a lovely week ahead! Xx

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  17. Happy Easter, dear Ivana! The Russian Orthodox celebrate it on April 28th this year. Today (Apr 21) is Вербное воскресенье for them, which is another holiday. Love your elegant outfit, you look stunning! The Cathedral of Mary reminds me of the 1930s Art Deco architecture. I believe designers looked at that period for inspiration in the 1970s, and that goes for style in clothes and buildings too.

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    1. Yes, I believe they did too. The architecture of this cathedral is certainly interesting. We call Вербное воскресенье Cvjetnica in Croatian language. I think the term comes from flower (cvijet). We bring palm trees and/or olive branches to church on this holiday.

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  18. Happy Easter, Ivana! You look so elegant in that outfit! xoxo

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  19. Love what you wear on this trip.
    Looks amazing dear :)

    Much Love,
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  20. Thanks a lot :D

    you look amazing

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  21. This is totally my kind of place because I love going to different cafes. Glad you had a wonderful Easter! You look beautiful in this outfit!

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  22. I adore your blazer, dress, and pumps. As lovely as you are, so too is Mostar.

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    1. thanks John. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

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  23. I'm sorry you couldn't be with your family for Easter and that you're feeling better now.
    The religious architecture is very different to anything I've come across before. Very striking.

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    1. It's different from what I'm used to seeing around here too.

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  24. Come sei chic in questo look Ivana, anche le scarpe leopardate sono TOP!
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  25. Ma come sei elegante! Ti sta benissimo l'abito e mi piacciono le scarpe leo!!!
    Spero tu abbia trascorso una serena Pasqua!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  26. So sorry that you were sick! I hope you are doing better. This city and the view of the mountain is beautiful. Perfect destination to spend Easter.

    xo, Maria
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  27. Mostar looks beautiful hun and you look so elegant in this outfit!


    xoxo
    Lovely
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  28. Looking gorgeous dear. Love the entire look. What an awesome style!
    Happy weekend ahead!
    Much love, Len
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    XO

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  29. Ooh, it was lovely to see and know more about the two churches in Mostar! I am very intrigued by the Cathedral- for some reason, it makes me think of Liverpool Cathedral for some reason! Your outfit is very stylish- I do like the contrast of the orange against the crisp white!

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  30. Divna predstavnica divnog grada! Haljinica je savrsena.

    Ljubim te

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