Walking through the rather elegant “Gentlemans’ Street” (Gospodska Ulica), in the centre of Banja Luka, the Austro-Hungarian influence on the city still is very much in evidence.
The quintessential building style brought to the area after some five centuries of Ottoman occupation, is forever present.
Today, the street is “covered” by a display of brightly coloured umbrellas, as are many other city centres around Europe it seems these days.
I really must find out why?
Unless you know?
As you walk along Gospodska, you’ll notice small alleyways that lead to an amazingly quaint, but rather run down, area of mainly gold and silver shops and trendy coffee bars.
I might be wrong, but this area is called Stari Zanatski, roughly translated, means “Old Craftsmen”.
Makes sense actually.
This does look like a place where tradesmen would have been centuries ago. It has, (for me), somewhat of an Ottoman feel to it.
- Andre Gerolymatos
- Publisher: Spellmount
- Edition no. 0 (08/01/2004)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
History NEVER leaves.
In all the years of visiting Banja Luka, I have spent hardly more than an hour in this particularly interesting part of the city.
Today is Sunday. Late morning.
I am just strolling around in the ever present heat and sticky weather.
The bright sun is creating havoc with my eyes. The peak of my hat is as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
Blue eyes = Sensitive and painful.
Banja Luka residents are, without a doubt, clever.
The place is almost empty of people. Most are resting in the shade, or air conditioning of their houses.
Those that are out, are, like me, sat, relaxing and drinking coffee. With a glass of water of course to keep hydrated.
For non Eastern and South Eastern Europeans, drinking water with your coffee is a great habit to adopt.
If you are thinking of visiting Banja Luka (and you seriously should), the drop me a line.
I’d love to help.