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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 16th 2013

After the walk up the mountainside yesterday we were happy to do a little less exercise today and as the weather had turned on us and was overcast and drizzly at times we had a good lie in and didn't emerge for breakfast until 9am,very late for us. Lunchtime seemed to arrive very quickly after relaxing with the kindle and catching up on banking,blog and all the other admin things that have to continue while we are away. The weather by now had cleared to partly cloudy and we needed to get out and stretch our legs so we headed off to Tivat about 5km down the road towards one of the numerous inlets of the Bay of Kotor. Our apartment is on the flight path to Tivat airport which we discovered is served by small ... read more
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The Narrows,0.3km wide
The majestic mountains,Kotor Bay

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 15th 2013

Today dawned gloriously fine and sunny which should make the trip into Kotor and a look around easy to do. In the absence of egg cups Gretchen adapted an egg carton by cutting off the individual egg holders and putting them inside one of the small coffee cups to make 'egg cups'.We had tired of scambled egg and it was time for boiled eggs for a change.The 'cups'should last and not need to be washed!With the toaster we purchased during our Niksic shopping expedition(the one we bought in Naples works but only if you hold it down and we weren't able to trade it in at the Auchan store we tried at)we can now make hot toast again which is something we were missing. We headed into Kotor about 10km away and found a parking area ... read more
Seabour Odessey in Kotor
No,I am not holding that wall up!it just looks that way
There is always a cat on the BBA

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 14th 2013

The prospects for the grey,overcast conditions clearing took a turn for the better this morning and as we walked to the restaurant for breakfast the sun was trying its best to break through.While we waited for the waiter to bring our breakfast Gretchen pointed to the lady sweeping the ground in the outside area of the restaurant using a broom made of thin twigs of the sort you might see a 'witch' in a movie or play use.She said she had noticed this just about everywhere we have been including Italy and how effective they were on the hard surfaces.Just shows how a male doesn't recognise home cleaning 'equipment'!! After another yummy omelette we packed up the car and readied ourselves for the driven into the 'unknown'. However before we w ere able to head away ... read more
1984 Olympic mountain
Bridge over Tara River,Piva Canyon,Montenegro
Snow fed,swiftly flowing Tara River

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor September 14th 2012

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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 29th 2012

Another early start later and we were on the bus leaving Sarajevo, heading to Montenegro. Specifically Ostrog Monastery. After a gut churning ride through some beautiful Bosnian countryside, with the driver both smoking a cigarette and talking on his mobile phone most of the way, we were dropped at the side of the road near the monastry, ready to take a mini bus up for a night of serenity. And getting to know our fellow travellers better, as we were staying in group dorms. Montenegro has been surprisingly stunning. Though I dont know why surprisingly because I did not really focus that much on researching the country before I came away. The landscape turned much more arid, but still very dramatic with mountains surrounding nearly everywhere we travelled. The monastery is known as having the preserved ... read more
Destination
It was pretty hard on the beach
Ostrog climb

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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 18th 2012

Ivana took us to the bus stop at 8:10. The van pulled up, the driver jumped out, said “Montenegro”, Ivana said yes and we jumped on. About 30 minutes into the trip, the phone rang, and the driver turned to us and said “Where are your tickets?” It turned out that we were on the WRONG tourist van!!! After much discussion, the other driver picked up the other people and we met half way and exchanged!!! The second van did not have very good AC… should have just stayed on the first! Montenegro has lots of beautiful sand beaches, and, according to Gabriel our guide, the are 500 Russian millionaires. According to travel books, it has a 3rd world country infrastructure (power outages, etc.) with $500 per night luxuray spa hotels. It is a much poorer ... read more
St.LukesPriest
Montenegro BEACH
sitting at plaza watching soccer game

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 16th 2012

K- It only takes about 4 hours to go all the way up the Montenegro coast from Albania to Croatia so we decided to base ourselves in Budvar, a beach town about half way up the country and do some day trips. My definition of luxury after a year of traveling is spending more than one night in a hotel (closely followed by a backpack of clean laundry) so the fact that we could spend 3 nights in one place immediately endeared Montenegro to me. We didn’t know much about Montenegro before we got there but found it have a lovely coastline and some small, walled cities which are common in this area. The photos pretty much speak for themselves. We did not explore the interior because we had just made it back from the Albanian ... read more
Ok one of those, one of those and as many of those as I can carry - Kotor market
The Harbour - Budva Old Town
Fresh fried anchovies - but no heads

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 5th 2012

Le Monténégro, pourquoi le Monténégro, c'est où ça le Monténégro, qui donc décide d'aller au Monténégro, qu'est-ce qu'il y a à faire au Monténégro, avez-vous déjà vu le mot Monténégro autant de fois dans une phrase? L'aventure pour s'y rendre à commencé à Mostar en Bosnie. Un 4 heures d'autobus a suffi pour se rendre à Dubrovnik en Croatie, où on a passé une nuit. En passant, c'est long 4 heures d'autobus avec un bébé. On est tout pogné et surtout, on ne peut se lever comme dans un train. Quand on a Nellie sur nous, pouvoir mettre debout est un élément essentiel. On n'aime pas les autobus. Je ne parlerai pas de Dubrovnik tout de suite car nous sommes partis dès le lendemain matin à bord d'une petite Citroen C3, notre véhicule pour le prochain ... read more
En route vers Kotor.
Sveti Stefan au loin.
Sveti Stefan.

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor September 25th 2011

Kotor is a short bus trip from Budva and is just spectacular. It sits on the northernmost point of a bay that stretches from near Budva almost to the Croatian border. Like Budva, there is a beautiful old town on the coast, but Kotor also has a fortress perched atop a mountain. Climbing to the fortress offers dramatic views of the city, the bay and the surrounding mountains. There were some brave locals near the top selling cold drinks. They must be in great shape hauling their coolers full of drinks up the mountain everyday. I hope they get a lot of customers to reward them for their efforts. ... read more
inside the old city
another view
old city walls

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 22nd 2011

Little after noon, I woke up in a bus going I do not know where. Again, a damn border control wasting my dreams. I felt asleep to my favorite song hoping I made the right choice. I will never get used to these slow Balkans bus. We were going up and down the mountains like in a roller coaster. To my right the bay full of small islands was magnificent. A boat was waiting for us to come we went around the two biggest islands and finally to the other side. I was once again losing my mind to the freedom feeling running in my vein. I am living for those moments. The time past and we arrives... nothing is better that walking out in a new country for the first time. The time froze and ... read more
Old town
over looking the city
during the day




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