Today I want to show you a taste of Montenegro. I was able to take a day trip there in April, specifically to the Bay of Kotor - and the city of Kotor. While my day wasn't long enough to see everything I wanted. I feel like I got a good glimpse of the city. Enough to make me want to come back for more.
As part of a tour with stops in Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro & Venice with Gate1 Travel (not paid by them, just feel like I got a great value for my $)
So far, I've posted a few recaps.
Considering my trip was way back in April, I figured I should get a move on those travel recaps. I love having this space as a journal for myself, but also, I hope someone stumbles upon this post & is inspired to take a trip, or just wants some more info before a trip they've planned.
First thing's first, Montenegro is a fairly new country, only about 10 years old, and was previously part of the former Yugoslavia. They use the euro and are attempting to join the EU. During our trip we drove from Dubrovnik, Croatia. But border crossing was simple and required no more than a few minutes time. There were two border crossings. One to leave Croatia and a separate one about a mile or two down the road to enter Montenegro.
Once you cross the border in to Montenegro you'll immediately notice most signs are in two languages, Montenegrin, the local language and Russian. This is due to the large influx of Russian investment that has been seen over the last decade.
After a brief tour of the church, which BTW is still an active church, holding Catholic mass at least once per month, we headed back to shore. We headed further around the banks of the Bay to the walled city of Kotor.
Our tour of the Old Town afforded us a look at churches, like this one.
But, after the tour was when the real fun started. I booked it to the base of the wall, which was climbable by rudimentary "steps" and gravel grades. For a 3 Euro entrance fee (which was SO worth it).
| side note | to truly climb to the tippy top is about a 2 hour trek. At first I laughed at this, it didn't look that far & I am in pretty good shape. But nope, it's true. With the time I had I was able to make it about half way, and it took ever bit of an hour.
The views looking back down on the Old Town & over the Bay of Kotor were spectacular.
Eventually, my time was running short, so I booked it back down the hill. Just in time to swing by a local bakery for a 2 Euro sandwich, and to bip into a small market for a bottle of local wine (Vranac - a red) + local prosciutto.
The prosciutto was unlike any I've had before, its flavor was very smoky & deep. I'm told it's from their climate. Mountaintops get cold, allowing the meat to age at a cooler temperature & then smoke in smokehouses before being sold.
What's the next place on your travel bucket list?
What's your favorite thing to try when you go somewhere new?
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