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Europe » Montenegro » Žabljak July 13th 2017

Leaving Lake Skadar we drove to the beautiful Durmitor National Park via Niksic and Ostrog Monastery. The monastery is high up and built into the cliff face, originally built in the 17th century but after earthquakes not much of the original remains and it mostly dates from the 1920s. It’s a very popular place, lots of people visiting on coach tours. It’s Serbian Orthodox and houses the remains of Saint Basil so is a place of pilgrimage. Great views over the valley way down below. Watched a baptism service at the tiny church down the hill, the priest and family marched round and round the church, singing hymns. We stayed in the village of Zabljak on the edge of Durmitor NP, a small village with shops and lots of accommodation; I believe it’s a popular place ... read more
Walking through meadows, Durmitor NP
View into the Tara Canyon, the deepest in Europe
View from the top of the ski lift, Savin Kuk

Europe » Montenegro » Rijeka Crnojevica July 9th 2017

We left Kotor via the narrow twisty road that goes up above the town where there were great views back over the town and Bay of Kotor. As we continued to drive upwards the road became more and more narrow and such tight switchbacks it was just a thick line on the gps. The road leads up to the top of Mt Lovcen and on top of that is the mausoleum of Njegus, an incredible location for the communist looking mausoleum. The views were excellent, I read somewhere that you can see as far as Italy, not sure at all about that but is was a BIG view. Back down again and we stopped for lunch at the beach looking out to the island of Sveti Stefan, incredible blue waters and very busy. Spent the night ... read more
Mt Lovcen
Sveti Stefan
Red-backed shrike, in a garden in Budva

Europe » Montenegro July 6th 2017

Our trip to the south stared in the middle of the night, because of the long journey. After a long wait on the Croatian border (despite the fact that there were only few buses before us) we came to the Bosnian border where, of course, we had to wait. And the same on the Montenegro border, only with the difference that they worked even more slowly there. First we visited Kotor, a famous medieval city with a little bit over than 1000 inhabitants. Kotor is located in the Bay of Kotor, which is the longest and deepest bay in the Adriatic Sea. It is also called the sautrenmost fjord in Europe. As soon as we stepped out of the bus the salesmen of sunglasses and similar things appeared around us. They were so persistent that they ... read more
Kotor
Kotor
Kotor street

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor July 5th 2017

Picked up our hire car that will be with us for the next month. Managed to navigate out of the narrow lanes of Dubrovinc and onto the route to Kotor in Montenegro. Hadn’t anticipated the hour long crawl through customs with all of the other traffic and in the midday heat. Apart from that the journey was a pretty one, particularly the drive around the Bay of Kotor. Stopped briefly to have a look around a couple of towns, first in Hercvig Novi which was wonderfully quiet after the crowds in Dubrovnic. Very peaceful with pretty and ancient stone buildings, lots of churches and great views from the sea front fort. Further into the bay is Perast which was much busier, very small and more lovely stone buildings, these clearly from the times when the Ventians ... read more
Hercvig Novi Anchor graveyard
Perast sea front
Perast

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor June 18th 2017

As you can tell....I'm way behind on the blog but we are so busy and having so much fun ...Who has time. And actually T-Mobile service is great for face timing and texting but not doing the blog. But I'll get caught up in the next few days. Leaving Montenegro now and a sea day tomorrow. The we are in Malta for 2 days. Later for now but know we are safe and having a blast....... read more

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor May 21st 2017

We have arrived in Corfu, Greece where the weather has not been the most pleasant. It has been cloudy and rainy all day making it nice weather to relax after our active day yesterday in Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor was unexpectedly the most picturesque stop on our cruise thus far. We were absolutely blown away by the scenery in the area. We got up early to watch the arrival into port as it was a narrow passageway with beautiful mountains surrounding us. As we were pulling in I said to Scott “maybe we can find a nice hike somewhere nearby today”, well ask and you shall receive! As we pulled in we could see people hiking a trail on the mountain side behind the city to a fortress. We took the tender into town and hiked up ... read more
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Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor December 29th 2016

I believe I always wanted to travel. My family had a very old atlas in the house and even as a child I loved to thumb through the pages and look at the colorful maps displayed inside. The book was huge and had heavy covers and thick paper that made a distinct sound when you turned it. Pastel pink, green and purple countries filled the pages. Thin black lines connected the cities and different size dots indicated the relative populations of each. Rivers and lakes were marked by a wonderful shade of light blue. Creating journeys along the roads or waterways to the most intriguing sounding places was an interesting pastime. I remember writing down the names of the countries or cities that sounded the most exotic. I knew nothing about the places other than their ... read more
Perast, Montenegro
Clock Tower Square
Kotor Fortress Walls

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor November 11th 2016

We packed our bags and left the apartment nice and early. We caught the public bus straight away and in no time at all got to the bus station. Kind of regretted we left so early as it was pretty cold that morning, temperature dropped a good few degrees – it was only 10C! Thankfully they had waiting room so we could hide away from the cold. My jaw dropped slightly when we were told the price of the tickets to Kotor – 20Eur per person for a 2 hour drive, quite pricey to me! Ah well, there wasn't much we could do about that... Once the bus arrived, we put our luggage in the compartment. We were supposed to pay 15kuna, but ended up paying 20 as the guy didn't have change – at least ... read more
Little trails off the main path to the fortress...
Living on the edge...
Fishing in Perast

Europe » Montenegro » Kotor » Kotor August 20th 2016

The drive from Dubrovnik to Kotor Montenegro is a short one, but it involves a change in worlds. Croatia is blessed with a beautiful coast extending for hundreds of miles of shoreline, including islands. The bounteous sun is almost ever-present, and tourists are plentiful. As a result, they have had the money to invest in their infrastructure and it shows. Roads are well-constructed and well-maintained. Hotels are everywhere, and restaurants plentiful. Almost everyone speaks English, a virtual necessity in the tourist trade. The parliamentary government is apparently well-organized, and the population is relatively homogeneous. Croatia has emerged from the break-up of the old Yugoslavia and the resulting civil war with a bright future, realizable now. As far as I can tell, the same is true for Slovenia, although we did not see as much there. It ... read more
View from our pension near Kotor
Mussel farm in Bay of Kotor
St.Tryphon's Cathedral, Kotor

Europe » Montenegro August 11th 2016

This is a story of love, beauty and dedication. Like the sea, the wind and the land, it goes on forever and cannot be changed by the passing of time. The tale must be read to the end, or you cannot understand. The narrative has taken years to write, but will only take minutes to read. It is a timeless drama that many others have experienced and no doubt have shared on these pages before. Hopefully you have, or will, experience a similar tale in your travels and more importantly in your life. There is a land, far away, where the mountains rise directly from the sea. Somewhat barren and rocky, they tower over the azure sea, majestically rising to granite peaks a thousand feet above. The August sun warms early and angrily blisters the land ... read more
Savina Monastery
Montenegro Sunset
Sunset Memories




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