trekking to montenegro
the further we descended down the balkan peninsula, the
less familiar things got…so, the more interesting they also got!
i was so set on making it down to kotor, montenegro while we were
in croatia. i wanted a taste of this country that i knew so little about,
and even though by this point we were traveled and bussed – out, i
knew it would never get easier or closer. i had a friend who was able to buy a property here and we wanted to check it out since she and her had just gotten her Montenegro residence permits. we woke up early and
caught a bus from dubrovnik. **be prepared that going between
countries in this area of europe is no walk in the park. while most
of central europe is part of the EU schengen area which requires no
passport checks, certain countries in this area are outside of it. we
were stopped for hours at each passport border check, and it
seems that’s just the norm here. don’t worry, what’s coming is so
beautiful and unique that you’ll forget all about the long wait on
the bus while an officer was off somewhere checking your passport :)the scenery of kotor is so gorgeous. the one good part of the bus ride
was rounding the curves against the water as we came into montenegro.
something about the stone walls & palm trees set against the mountains
is so dramatically scenic. i had my nose pressed to the glass as we rounded
the corners, and i’ll never forget those first views of this land that was brand-
new to me. it was another moment where i sighed and remembered it’s always
worth it to see something new. the quote came to my head, “never miss the
opportunity to see something that is beautiful.” it applied so well on this day.
this is taken on my phone, from the bus! this is what i was staring at
for an hour before we made it into the bay of kotor. jaw-dropping, right?!
the fortress in the mountain above old city will grab your attention
right away. it almost looked like parts of the great wall! ^^
it’s rare to have the sea set so close to mountains. they are
so rugged and stunning, looming over the coastal scene.
the summertime brings in lots of fancy yachts to the kotor marina, since
the docking fees and taxes are much less here. this creates a flood of visitors
during the summer months, but it’s still a sheltered & romantic bay that feels
a lot different than any other european beach town during the summer. i sat
and watched a giant, amazing yacht pull into the dock with like 5 security
guys on it. as it docked they got out and stood guard around the boat… & so
many people stopped to watch – haha. i still want to know who was on there!
it was a roasting hot day, so we changed into swim suits before realizing
that this particular part of the bay isn’t the most ideal for swimming.
there are smaller beaches and places to swim further out in the bay, but
right in kotor it’s not as easy to jump in with all of the yachts docked
and no obvious places to swim. so instead, we just baked in the sun
and then headed into the shade of the old city to find some lunch.
right off of the huge, sprawling boardwalk is a gate into the old city,
where the atmosphere completely changes once you step through.
^^ walking around, still in my swim suit cover up, wishing
i could find a place to jump in the water in the dripping heat.
luckily there was a lot to distract us as we started to explore.
right within those city walls lie a maze of bustling, marbled lanes where
shops, cafés, & churches are tucked off of you on hidden piazzas.
i could not stop taking pictures of the unique setting & details here.
we found this little hidden lookout to soak in the views
(and bask in the heat) for a few hours until it was time to
get back on a bus to dubrovnik and end our short day trip.
though we wished we had more time, we were so glad
we didn’t miss the opportunity to see something beautiful.
chase was out like a light on the bus ride back ^^ through the passport check and all!
thanks for the taste, montenegro. you left us wanting more.