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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor August 4th 2019

Four ports in Four days. Dubrovnik, Croatia We stepped out on the pier and into a wooden boat for a short sail to the Old Town. There are now hotels along the coast as tourism continues to grow in importance here. The old town is walled against invaders but during the Balkan war it was besieged by the Yugoslav troops and it took weeks before the siege was broken. Bullet holes are visible on the walls as a re I dear of that dreadful time. In 1666 a massive earthquake devastated more f the Romanesque architecture and the town was rebuilt in the Renaissance style. I would love to show you the wonderful pictures I took but (Drat, Damn, and Oh Sh-t) I deleted them by mistake. That was a first. After a walk around in ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor June 26th 2019

And off to Montenegro the land of the second tallest people in Europe apparently - or so we thought! Not long before we were due to catch the ferry to Bar we found out we needed the original V5 documentation to travel on the ferry - which of course we didn’t have. An hour or so later and after a call to Chris he kindly searched their house to find the original - once found he sent us a pdf and we tried to use that. Clearly it’s the info on the document they want not just to see a piece of paper but no! First the ferry agents berated us for not having such an important document in the car. Then checked they asked us to send the PDF to them and after talking with ... read more
Sveti Stefan - view from our balcony
Sunset Sveti Stefan
Lilies on Lake Skadar

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 31st 2019

Nach den entspannten und größtenteils einsamen Tagen in Bosnien sind wir wieder bereit für etwas Massentourismus und wollen uns Dubrovnik ansehen, wohlwissend, dass wir nicht die einzigen Touristen sein werden, dass man sich vermutlich durch die Gassen schieben lassen muss und innerhalb der Altstadtmauern vermutlich kein Plätzchen für sich alleine haben wird. Aber zunächst brauchen wir noch ein Weilchen, bis wir unseren Campingplatz, übrigens auch der teuerste und schlechteste der bisherigen Reise, bei Dubrovnik erreichen. Denn wenn man von Mostar kommend die Hauptstrecke in Richtung Dubrovnik fährt, reist man zunächst aus Bosnien aus und nach Kroatien ein, und zwar so richtig mit allem was dazu gehört, denn man reist ja aus einem Nicht-EU-Land in die EU ein. Allerdings ist die Grenze hier recht wenig frequentiert. Dann fährt man allerdings auf der Küstenstraße, die alle Tou... read more
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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor May 7th 2019

What a lovely little town Kotor is ! I had vaguely heard of the bay but not the town and it is delightful. Unfortunately the weather was terrible . A huge amount of rain fell on our way from Mostar and continued for 24 hours . We were staying in the old town , a walled city , and the narrow streets were full of water .Fortunately there are no vehicles allowed within the walls so the only splashing was from the downspout s .I had been wearing my sport sandals when I arrived but by 6 pm my feet were cold and I warmed them up in the shower before heading out for supper in my runners , which were soaked through in a short time. The next morning our sea kayak adventure had to ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor October 4th 2018

This morning we were on the bus by 9 as we had to drive to the port to get the car ferry across to the peninsula on the mainland. We only had to wait a little while to drive in the bus onto the ferry and once we were in, we hopped off the bus and went upstairs. It was very windy this morning - apparently this was coming from some cyclone activity near Italy - so after sitting outside for a while, I had to end up going inside once the ferry started to cross the channel. The ride across didn't take very long and then we were back in the bus and heading down the peninsula towards Dubrovnik. Intererstingly, some of the Dalmatian coast was given to Bosnia Herzegovina after the war, so if ... read more
The town of Ston, with the wall on the right
The city walls - Kotor
Inside the old town at night with he walls & fortress lit up in the distance

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor September 17th 2018

Today we leave Albania with its crazy drivers and intermittent roads and head for Montenegro. After a cheesefest of a breakfast we drive to the border which takes ages to cross. Not because it’s particularly busy but because it’s particularly slow. Queuing is arbitrary, Albanians keep pushing to the front and the border guard drops what she’s doing to deal with them instead. Finally we’re through and in the rural south of Montenegro. After about a mile, a red light appears on the dashboard, the car starts beeping and displaying a ‘check engine’ sign. Not the best start to the day. After a few miles of driving our sick car along tiny gravel roads, we reach the highway which runs along a ledge between the mountains and the bright blue Adriatic Sea. We stop briefly at ... read more
Sveti Stefan
Sveti Stefan park
Budva

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 30th 2018

Käytiin vielä kerran uimassa hotellin rannassa ennen aamiaista. Yhdeksän jälkeen päästiin liikenteeseen. Navigaattoria tarvittiin Dubrovnikin läpiajossa. Sitten matka sujui nopeasti rajalle. Tie oli hyvä ja liikennettä vähän. Mennessä rajalla menikin sitten 45 minuuttia (klo 9.45 - 10.20). Ensin jonotettiin Kroatian puolella ja uudestaan Montenegron puolella. Hitauden ymmärtää toki siinä, että kyseessä on EU:n ulkoraja. Ennen rajanylitystä laitoin oman puhelimeni lentotilaan, jotta siitä ei menisi varmastikaan velotusta mistään kalliista datayhteydestä. Minulla oli mukana myös Amerikan-matkoilleni hankkima puhelin, jossa ei ollut lainkaan mitään sim-korttia, eli sillä oli hyvä testata wifin toimivuutta. Montenegrossa matka sujuikin sitten paljon hitaammin. Tie meni rannikkoa pitkin, ja asutusta oli koko ajan. Pysähdyttiin ensin paikalliseen ravintolaan, jo... read more
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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Perast June 29th 2018

Friday 29th We finally got the document at the end of the day with the friendly campsite owner handing it over to us. Result! We packed up there and then and headed straight to the Montenegrin border. This time it went without a hitch and went straight through with not even a search of the vehicle. We drove in the early evening and were met by a beautiful coastal road that led all the way into the bay of Kotor. The water was glistening in the sunset and were very happy to be in the move again! We found a small patch of grass down a narrow path and slept there for the night. Saturday 30th That morning we had to be out early! As we were waking up and Char was poodling around Dobby there ... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor May 24th 2018

Thursday, May 24 Today we took a day trip to Montenegro - one of the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Border crossings are interesting. Our guide, Branko, had no way of guessing what would happen. Turns out the Croatia border crossing was slow, about 45 minutes, and a policeman comes on the bus & collects everyone's passports & takes them in the office & scans them. The Montenegro crossing was a breeze, they waved us through. On the way back in the afternoon it was similar except the Croatia crossing was only 15 minutes. Montenegro is south of Croatia, and although not part of the EU, their currency is Euros. It's a very mountainous country, and small - smaller than state of Connecticut. Their history is similar but different than Croatia: Illyrians, Romans, Venetians, Austrians, Russians, ... read more
Bay of Kotor.
Our Lady of the Rocks Church (Gospa od Skrpjela)
Door of Our Lady of Rocks Church

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor May 22nd 2018

Where in the world is Onthegogirl? She is sitting by the seaview pool in Kotor, Montenegro. To pick up where she left off....... My next port to explore was Crete. There are so many legends about this island and our group heard many of them. We docked in Heraklion and after a short drive we arrived at the Palace on Knossos. This was the center of the Minoan civilization from around 4000 bc. The palace sits on a rise near what once was a navigable river and contained 1500 rooms. So they were small rooms but still. Some parts of the palace were five stories high. At the time when it was occupied the walls were covered with bright colored frescos and what few remain from that time are in the Archeological Museum. While gawking at ... read more
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Palace of Knossos




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