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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
It was pretty hard on the beach
Ostrog climb

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
Montenegro BEACH
sitting at plaza watching soccer game

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

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

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