We enjoyed one more road- trip through Montenegro, before we had to say goodbye. We enjoyed our second visit to Montenegro, as much as the first trip (2016). Montenegro has so many beautiful, interesting and historical sites to see, we really got our fill, this time!
As we made our way to Serbia 🇷🇸, we would go through new territory, as well as familiar territories to teach the border. This would include Durmitor National Park, but this time we saw another part, before coming to the already visited Tara River, Canyon and famous Bridge. From there, we turned on a new road, to discover the border come up, about three hours earlier than expected. So, we did not Siena another night in Montenegro, instead crossing over and finding lodging.
it is quite disorientating to travel from one country to the next (constantly like we do). The occasional vacation to foreign lands never felt that way to us before, but our lifestyle has us adjusting to new currencies, language, culture, signage, food, and much more often! It just feels so odd at first. Once we get our SIM cards in our phones, a new world opens up to us, and we get super excited to figure out where we are, and come up with a route of exciting new places to explore. Then, it feels good!
As with every country we go to, we find really interesting places to check out. Serbia will be nice different! Our first stop is in a very remote part of the mountains. By the second town we came to and passed through, we found a place to stay. There is not much available; and it had nothing to do with COVID19. It’s just remote. Our basic needs are met, and we are enjoying the cooler weather in the mountains, too, after such hot weather at sea level. Because so far, we have had no WIFI, and rely on 3G only, we decided to stay a second night. The family here are very nice, and the food is so good, and it is nice to take a break from so much time in the car.
We are anxious to get back on the road to adventure in new surroundings, but our blogging time is taking much longer with the slow speed of of 3G for uploading. It is not unusual for me to spend four hours a night processing, photos, writing and uploading the current day events with normal speed of internet. Now, it’s taking at least six hours. Getting behind on posting, when being a blogger and writing a book, is very difficult, so before we carry on, we must stay up to date, or its impossible to keep all our photos and writing straight! Just figuring out the names of places and their spelling is daunting enough. Foreign travel is mind-boggling at times to get the facts and histories, clearly.
Our last hurrah in Montenegro was staying over in Herceg Novi. It was a bit further away from the Kotor Bay area we spent the days in, just prior; checking out several villages. Directions actually refer to this town being the entrance to Kotor Bay, but that may depend on which side of they bay ones goes to, first. For our visit, we ended at the start of Kotor Bay.
From there, we would head North, then East, to Serbia. It was a big a d exciting day!
Still on the water, and still just off the Adriatic Highway, it is easy to get to. In fact, there is a car ferry that is set up to cut even more time off of the way. We preferred to drive the glorious roadway that hugs the breathtaking coastline, though. It’s stunning!
Anywho, back to our first full day in Herceg Novi. I did not go anywhere, till dinner. I literally had all of my clothes sent out for laundry, the afternoon before, and was wrapped in a blanket, till I got my clothes back. Ha!. By that evening, we got the laundry back, just in time to go out for a bite to eat.
By day two in Herceg Novi, we were both rested and interested once again in walking, hiking, touring, and taking photos of the historical sites. With a well-preserved Old Town inside the Castle wall perimeter, this place did not disappoint! The actual main gate of the Castle did not open till 10AM, so that gave us plenty of time to explore the Old Town that is part of the castle; technically, being behind the walls “in” the castle. Come to find out, after 10AM, and just before we got back in our car to leave, we decided I would buy a ticket, because we suspected the paid portion of the castle was just an amphitheater, where it is used as a summer theater area. (not this summer) From that five-minute peek inside the main gate of the Castle, I did see the amphitheater, and I also got the most beautiful scenic shot of what all castles reveal; high up over water or mountains. In this case, the sea views were spectacular, and it was worth the two euro fee.
Being there on a Sunday morning, while enjoying the Old Town of Herceg Novi, we loved hearing the church bells ringing, and church service in session. Though it was only around 9AM, it was hot and we were looking to rest up with our iced coffee break. We sat in the shade, with a fan blowing on us, and watched the people going in and out of the church for the service, listened to the singing, and sermon in foreign languages. It was both a joy and a delight.
After we were done walking up and down and all around this fantastic Historical location, we went back to our room and packed up. It was time to make our way to the border, and go to Serbia!
Yep, another very busy day with lots more driving, but we would not have it any other way! We had looked forward to returning to south Montenegro one day, when we had more time! ✅ Mission is almost complete, as we will leave Montenegro for Serbia 🇷🇸, very soon. AND, we will be leaving very filled up!
After we reluctantly left our hotel room stay, inside the Kotor Fortress, we started to visit the list of villages in the Kotor Municipality, I had put together. We accomplished what we set out to see, sans one village, which eluded us; yet today, we did find another village, called Risan, which we could not find, previously, so win-win! (if you are following, the spelling was a huge issue on that search, and we found “Resna,” instead.
Though we searched high and low, yesterday, Lastva was not meant to be. Many locations have more than one name and/or spelling. This is never easy to decipher, for the self-touring humans, such as us; especially since we specialize in off-the-beaten-path places.What we do hit on, more than makes up for anything missed, because the destination is not the only part of the satisfaction, when it comes to the beauty we find ourselvesin.
We were blown away by what we did get to see, today! We continue to enjoy no crowds, masks only required in stores, not out and about, no heavy traffic, and perfect weather, other then a smidge too hot!
Now, for a trip through the villages by the sea, we visited!
PERASTand it’s ISLANDS
Perast is a must, if you ever come to South Montenegro! It’s very small, but it boasts huge architectural and historical heritage. Settled between Kotor and Herceg Novi, in the middle of Boka Bay, Perast has held a strategic position since the medieval times and today it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The draw of the wonderful Perast, goes beyond its rich heritage. Even coming a second time, I felt drawn in, as if I traveled back in time and got to walk through 18th century Montenegro. There is something magical about this village, and the land it stands on.
NOW, back to our current visit of 2020, below.
Stoliv first developed on the hill above the sea, where the population had better conditions for defense against the enemy, who in Boka mostly came from the sea.
Ancient Risan dates back to the 2nd century BC. The city was founded by the Illyrians, more precisely by the Illyrian tribe Rizoniti, after which the present-day Risan is name (Risinium). Risan was the center of Illyria’s maritime trade, the city also had its own money forge, which testifies to the great wealth of this city.
It took us two attempts to find this amazing area! SO OLD, and the History! Very glad we saw this!
Located in the Bay of Kotor, the small town of Prčanj is famous for its enviable location and spectacular views, but this historic town also offers the perfect opportunity to delve a little into Montenegro’s mythical past. Prčanj’s cobbled streets, flanked by 17th and 18th century buildings, lead you through a town steeped in history, with stone villas, gardens and olive orchards dominating the waterfront.
After our big day, we ended in Herceg Novi, where we found a nice hotel, near the water, and enough choices in rooms, to get our budget price, with free parking.
We are in desperate need of getting laundry done, getting caught up with our writing, plus rest from the go-go-go of the last several weeks. We are staying for two nights. More nights would be great, but we can’t justify that when paying for a rental car.We will rest up, at another place in the future.We have so much to see and do, in Europe, while we have good weather!
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