HIKING OPTIONS IN MOSTAR CITY AND A SUMMER OUTFIT

Isn't this view breath-taking? One of the things I love about Mostar city is that it offers lovely hiking options accompanied with stunning views. Mostar is literally surrounded by mountains and hills, making hiking easily accessible. While there aren't many official and marked hiking tracks available, you can always make your own way up by following country and local roads. Naturally, you can also hike in the city itself, but hiking uphill has its additional benefits. Exercise the same kind of caution you would everywhere else (when going hiking) and you should be fine. I'm sure you know the  basic hiking drill, wear comfortable shoes and sensible clothes, drink plenty of water and protect yourself from the elements. Since sun is quite strong here, if possible I would recommend hiking earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon when it is not quite hot. That also applies to visiting Mostar in general. Be cautious and take the heat warnings to heart. Mostar is a very popular destination, one of the best known ones in Bosnia and Herzegovina and deserving so, I might add, but the summers here are quite hot so keep that in mind when visiting. I recommend avoiding being in the open during the hottest time in the day, but you can also minimize sun exposure by staying in a shade. 
I like hiking in general (read about the benefits of hiking here) because it is an easy and an affordable form of exercises that doesn't cost you anything but your time (no gym membership required). Urban hiking is great too, but it is also nice to get away from the city and hiking on the outskirts of a city can be wonderfully relaxing. It is the perfect way to escape the city without actually escaping it. When possible I  like to be rewarded for my hiking- say with a beautiful view. I always greatly enjoy the bird panorama of Mostar city. I admit that I don't always accomplish this bird perspective view by hiking, we sometimes visit the hills surrounding Mostar the easier way- by car, but there is definitely something extra special about hiking your way and being rewarded with a magnificent view. That's how I feel about it anyway. Today I'll share with you photographs from one such uphill hike. This hike was quite long, we went all the way to Vihovići. Technically speaking, Vihovići (a settlement that could be described either as a small village or a suburbs, depending on your perspective) is a part of Mostar city so were still in the 'city' area. However, I very much felt like I had escaped the city. The nature surrounding Mostar is so beautiful. It is definitely worth  the time it takes to explore it. I'll also link up some of my previous posts about Mostar that can offer hiking inspiration.  

HIKING OPTIONS IN MOSTAR:
Besides the city itself (I would especially recommend hiking on the banks of Neretva river), the hiking options in Mostar are extended by the neighbouring hills and mountains, such as hill Hum, hill Planinica, Raška gora, Velež mountain and so on. You don't have to climb all the way to the top. You can hike for as much as you like. Whatever way you choose, you'll be rewarded with a stunning view. Regular readers of my blog are probably already familiar with many of these hills, as I hike them often enough. All the more reason to recommend visiting them, right?
OVERLOOKING MOSTAR CITY, A SUMMER HIKING OUTFIT
VIEW FROM HUM HILL OVERLOOKING MOSTAR CITY 

HIDDEN LAKE IN MOSTAR CITY

A LIST OF POSTS WHERE YOU CAN FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MOSTAR CITY:
 You can see Mostar from the bird perspective in my previous posts (herehere and here). One of my favourite streets in Mostar here and here. Musala bridge (also known under its old name Tito's bridge here and here. You can see photographs of Mostar's catholic cathedral here You can see images of Mostar and its famous Nertva river herehere and here.You can see the park area of one of its most iconic catholic churches here. You can see both photographs of old bridge and my drawing of it here. Another one of my favourites when it comes to streets here. You can see photographs of Croatian cultural centre/theater here , here here here and here. You can see photographs of the main city park hereherehere,here and here. You can see images of Spanish square here,hereherehere and here. You can see photographs of Custom's bridge here and here. You can see photographs of the new bridge here and here.
THE STORY OF AN OUTFIT
Now, a few words about my 'pretty sustainable' outfit and by that I mean that all items in it are either old or frequently worn. The white jeans are vintage and I got them from my husband and by that I mean that I stole this pair from his closet. I can't say that I like they look on me, they are a size too big but they are very comfortable so I might wear them again. The straw hat is the newest thing in this look, I bought it last summer but I've gotten so many wears out of it that it checks out as sustainable. I paired these white jeans with a pale yellow t-shirt featuring a cartoon character known as Smurfette. The Strumfs are an invention of a Belgian comic artist Peyo- Pierre Culliform. A cartoon version of The Strumfs was quite popular when I was a kid. I honestly don't remember when and when I bought this shirt, but it was at least five years ago. The sneakers are even older, and so comfy. I'm really digging this sneakers for summer trend, I have to say.
WHAT IS A CLOSET MASS INDEX?
 Recently I got a newsletter from the Slow Season Fashion initiative. If you remember, I signed a pledge not to buy any new clothes (second hand ones are allowed) for this season. I can't say it's much of a challenge because I prefer vintage and second hand clothing items to new ones anyway. I don't even buy second clothes that often, now that I think of it. I haven't bough anything new, but I also haven't done vintage or second hand shopping this season (even if it is allowed).  I guess that I'm just not in the shopping spirit. 

Anyhow, I'm glad I signed up for this initiative not only because I think sustainable fashion is important, but also because I got to learn new things. For example, in the e-mail the organizers send me they introduced this term of 'CMI', i.e., Closet Mass Index. You know like BMI (Body Mass Index) but for clothes. Isn't that a fun way to look at it? The idea is that you make an inventory of your closet, write down all the things you have in there and then calculate how often you wear them. That way you can find out how 'green' your fashion choices are because the more you wear an item, the more sustainable it becomes.  It is just such a clever concept, isn't it? I really like it a lot. I still haven't done an inventory of my closet but I might do in the future. I know that my BMI is within the healthy range, and I'm definitely working on keeping it there. It would be nice to know that my CMI is healthy as well. I have yet to calculate it, but in the meantime I'll definitely keep to my sustainable fashion habits and keep shopping my closet. Bellow I copy pasted a past of the newsletter in case anyone is interested.

"Calculate your Closet Mass Index.  The Closet Mass Index helps you to create transparency into your wardrobe. Collect all your clothing in one pile and go through the next steps:1. How many clothing items are in your possession? ⁠2. Make a segmentation: how many are new, secondhand or gifted? And how many items are unworn (ever or for example in the last 6 months)?⁠3. Take a picture of yourself with these numbers and post it on Instagram and/or Facebook using #slowfashionseason and #closetmassindex. ⁠ ⁠4. Repeat the steps at the end of the Slow Fashion Season - how's your CMI then?The Closet Mass Index is developed by Hello Goodbuy students from Amsterdam Fashion Institute. ⁠"
Tell me what do you think about the hiking options in Mostar? Do you enjoy hiking? If yes, what are your top hiking destinations? What do you think about CBI?  As always, thank you for reading, commenting and visiting. 

Comments

  1. Я не очень люблю походы, я быстро устаю. Но, само мето очень интересное! Я бы хотела там побывать ))

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  2. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do. Getting exercise while soothing the mind with nature! These views are so stunning. Your husband's jeans are so cute on you! A little big is perfect for hiking comfort. I did not know the Smurfs came from a Belgian comic. I LOVED the cartoon as a kid and had a bunch of little figurines. I love this CMI concept!

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    1. Thank you Val. CMI concept is great, isn't it? Spending time in the nature is always relaxing.

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  3. One of my friends keeps a spreadsheet about how often she wears her clothing pieces. I think it's brilliant because it really highlights what works for us!!
    And hiking is one of those activities that don't require a bunch of extra equipment. And being outside is such a wonderful thing!!
    XOOX
    Jodie

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    1. Thank you Jodie. A spreadsheet sounds like such a great idea!

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  4. Hello, thanks for the information, great collection of pictures! xx

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  5. Breathtaking indeed! How lucky you are to live in a city where there are so many lovely hiking options. It's such a great way to get in some exercise while enjoying nature. So interesting to learn about the Closet Mass Index. As someone who is trying to work towards a more sustainable wardrobe this is something that really must calculate. Thanks so much for sharing Ivana!

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    1. yes, the hiking options are indeed great. A closet clean is probably the best time to calculate it but I might use my blog to make a digital inventory.

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  6. Those are so lovely pictures! I have way too many clothes but I already parted myself from a part of them.

    XO

    Daria

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    1. It is all about finding what works for us.

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  7. Wonderful photos and interesting post dear!

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  8. hello Ivana
    First I have to tell you that I love the third picture. Indeed the views of Mostar are breathtaking.
    I find this concept of CMI very interesting for clothes and I know that Mica T calculates this value !!! I have to improve some values of my clothes is a fact !!! And you look wonderful in this vintage look honey !!
    xoxo

    marisasclosetblog.com

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    1. Calculating the cost per wear is a great thing too!

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  9. Such a fun graphic tank and always a beautiful spot to visit for your photos! :)

    I've been doing the 30 wears challenge for the past few years and it's so interesting to see how much wear I'm getting from pieces and the cost per wear. I haven't tallied up each item in my wardrobe, but I'm always surprised when I think I'm near 30 wears with something and go hunt my blog archives to find out I'm only at 20 wears with it! A lot of my pieces I think are most worn are only around 15-20 wears, which is interesting to me!


    Hope that your week is off to a good start :)



    Away From Blue

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    1. yes, you're right, sometimes we think that we have worn something more that we really had. That is why having a blog is so useful, it's like a digital closet/diary and it is easier to monitor how often we wear something. I'm definitely up for the 30 wears challenge, I will aim to wear all my items at least 30 times.

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  10. Sei sempre così solare cara Ivana, divertente il tuo look e le foto sono mozzafiato.. pazzesca la vista!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  11. This is such a beautiful compilation of the hiking experience and expressions.Loved reading about it.Can't wait to see what you share next.New fan and I'm definitely looking forward to read more.

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  12. Wonderful places and treks to hike. Love your options for the comfy summer outfits.

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  13. I love the views of beautiful Mostar from above, what a pleasure it must be to live there. The landscape there is breathtaking and it must be lovely for hiking.. Your outfit is very summery and suits you perfectly. A CMI for your closet - what a clever Idea!

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  14. Io non sono molto per fare hiking perché sono molto pigra, però davvero questi posti meritano!
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  15. I like hiking so much and after reading your post I am sure that Mostar is a perfect place to make hiking. So stunning pictures and this view

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  16. Oh very great photos amazing view
    xx

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  17. That view really is magnificent, Ivana, and I love your hiking outfit, which is funky and practical at the same time. I really envy you that you live in such beatiful surrounding. The landscape in Belgium is generally boring by comparison, especially since it is mostly flat. So, although I would love to be rewarded by a spectacular panorama when out hiking, it rarely happens here. xxx

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    1. Thank you dear. I do enjoy the panorama and bird eye perspective views you can get by hiking here, but hiking can be enjoyable even without these things. I'm sure that the nature is Belgium is beautiful in its way.

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  18. Wowww this all looks so amazing Hun, hope you had an incredible time!! x

    Grace Louise || www.gracelouiseofficial.blogspot.co.uk/

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  19. I visit Mostar for a few times and every time discover something new. That city is really unique and amazing. I really like your outfit, for me white pants for summer are must have piece.

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    1. Thank you. White pants are really perfect for summer.

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  20. It looks like a truly beautiful hiking location! I also really enjoy hiking (especially in nature). There are certainly many beautiful places to hike around here too so I really enjoy doing that in the summer.

    As for the CBI, I think that's a great idea to do and I might get to that later month.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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