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Published: October 4th 2014
So it was goodbye to Bosnia & Hersegovina and hello Montenegro. Next stop was the rafting camp at Šćepan Polje, just over the border. So close to the border in fact after we got stamped into Motenegro, we went back into Bosnia & Herzegovina to drive to the camp! We were greeted by cute apline-like cabins, a gorgeous flowing river and a stunning backdrop of mountains with mist coming over. While most of us had drinks, Maree and Claire went rafting. Since there was limited activites due to the rain, I had a bit of a snooze then joined the others who got into the wines we had bought at the wineries! After a hearty dinner, it was off to bed for another early start.
The next day we drove to the Ostrog monestary. Built into the side of a mountain, this exquisite monestary bulit in th 17th century is a monestary of the Serbian Orthodox church, however it is a pilgramage point for orthodox christians as it is dedeicated to St Basil of Ostrog. It was stunning to go up and visit, however inside itself was small. We went inside one ofthe caves where the priest was blessing the
faithful, and it is said the tomb of St Basil lies there.
Our next stop for the next 2 nights was Kotor, Montenegro. This beautiful town with a massive lake (the largest Fjords oustside of Scandanavia apparently) was impressive. The walled old town, with a large fortress looking over the town and the lake, was impressive. Later that afternoon, Darko took the group for an orientation walk to the walled old town where we were left to our own devcices to explore until dinner time. The next day, me and most of the girls in the group went for a boat trip along the lake, whilst the others went to climb the fortress. Our guide on the boat, Sloberdan, was very welcoming, anc knowledgeable of his town. There is a beautiful catholic church on small man made island
which we visited, and a church museum at which Sloberdan showed me and Svet around, and amogst religious relics we saw some exquisite paintings. After we got back, Brit, Svet and I decided to climb the fortress. As Bill had did it earlier that day, he decided to go up again. Svet made it part way, so it was just
me, Bill and Brit to the top. Absolutely spectacular view of the lake and the old town at the top - so very well worth it. That evening, most ofthe group had dinner in the old town and drinks by the water.
The next day, our last full Intrepid day. It was an early start to Dubrovnik. Wd started off early so we could beat the big tour buses over the border. Once we crossed into Croatia, it was a short drive to Dubrovnik. Once there, we were met by spectacular views of the Adriatic sea. As we all had to wait for the rooms to be ready, Bill, Alan and I wandered the local area and had lunch. After we had all checked in, Darko took the group to the spectacular old town for an orientation walk and a walk around the city walls. A spectacular medieval city, again it was partially destroyed by the recent conflict. The view from the walls was spectacular. That evening, we had our farewell dinner. And that was that, 2 weeks of the Balkan Adventure finished! Afterward, some of us went for drinks into the wee hours of the morning. We all
had some amazing adventures and met some great people, some ups and downs along the way, however all in all it was a wonderful trip.
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