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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor May 27th 2012

We have never been to Montenegro before and were we ever in for a surprise. Kotor is the port we were headed to but before reaching this ancient city, we got to traverse the most southerly fjord in Europe right as the sun was cresting over the tall peaks. Because these towering limestone cliffs weren’t carved out by glaciers, it isn’t technically a fjord, but it is as dramatically beautiful as any of the landmark Norwegian or Chilean fjords. It took several hours to cruise up the deep river canyon to Kotor and what we found when we got there was a gorgeous Medieval walled town which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The first thing I noticed from our anchorage was the ancient wall climbing straight up the mountain for several miles. It resembles ... read more
THE FAUX FJORD
DECK CADET
THE GREAT WALL OF KOTOR

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 » Herceg Novi August 11th 2011

Hey all, First of all, sorry for the delay before my first post. As you all know, the first two days were a bit more eventful than I think any of us wanted (thank you, Lufthansa). We’ll start from the beginning. August 8th was sacrificed to the travel gods and spent doing the most mind-numbing tasks available. The most common ways the kids killed the time: watching classics such as Thor, Kung Fu Panda 2, and Fast Five; playing games on the myriad iPhones; and -- as we approached hours 7, 8, 9 -- loitering in the aisles (they were like crows to a field: we’d shoo them back to their seats, but then as soon as we’d turn our backs, there they’d be again, lingering in the walkways and hovering over chairs). There was also ... read more
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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

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Herceg Novi July 17th 2011

We negotiated the Montenegrin border without problems, just queues. I had managed to contact a friend who lives in Herceg Novi just over the border. Well it turns out she lives on the tip of the peninsular opposite (but its still called Herceg Novi) and we virtually invited ourselves to visit them! After all they were pivotal in our decision to travel as they themselves had sailed around the world, which inspired us to do this trip. We drove around Kotor bay, it was absolutely stunning. We had a swim at Perast, beautiful clear water. Then with amazing instructions we navigated to Fiona and Dave’s house, and appreciated a very warm welcome from them and their 3 dogs. It was lovely to stop in such a lovely place and have a bed for the night. ... read more
Kotor Bay
Swimming in the Bay
Perast

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Herceg Novi July 7th 2011

I wasn't sure if i should write this entry, seeing as it was a holiday. But it's still technically travelling, so here we are. I wanted a holiday. I really wanted a holiday. So, after a quick call to Annie to see if she fancied one too, we booked flights to Montenegro. 10 hours later, plus a few hours on the plane, we landed in Dubrovnik. Finding our taxi didn't take as long as i thought it would, although there was a bit of confusion over what my name was. Not me, I wasn't confused. The sign the driver had said Sparrki. We weren't sure if that was supposed to be me. I now have a dogs name. No sarky comments please :D After a short but enjoyable taxi journey, including a border crossing, we arrived ... read more
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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 26th 2011

We’re trying to decode a Croatian sign which, in our estimated translation reads- ‘Stop, Police’. It’s what you would expect at a border crossing. Ahead of us are a couple of port-a-cabins and a simple boom gate barrier that you see at car parks set up for the weekend footy. There are about three or four cars parked on either side of the road and apart from that it’s just us, stopped next to the sign which tells us to do so. British sensitivities in order we figure that if we just sit here and wait patiently someone official will tell us what to do next. A packet of jelly snakes, a massive bag of peanuts, and a re-application of sunscreen later nothing has happened. Luckily Carol (Katie’s mum, who we met on the plane) is ... read more
Heading for the border - south Croatian coast
Island Church, near Tivat, Bay of Kotor
Bay of Kotor - Island churches and mountains

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 17th 2011

The bay of Kotor bay is considered one of the most beautiful bays in Europe, and features the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Perast and Kotor, as well as other typically Mediterranean towns. After settling in to my hostel I decided to climb the battlements that ascended the mountain behind Kotor, once you get to the top you get a great view of the fjord and are able to see all the luxury yachts that visit this part of the world. Further up the coast there’s a marina where many Russians holiday in summer. Kotor old town is very much like a much smaller Dubrovnik without the crowds, you could probably see this place in a day but I was hoping to go white water rafting on the Tara river so I extended my stay to ... read more
Church of St Lucas
Kotor Fortress
Kotor Fortress




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