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Old August 30th, 2011, 10:58 AM   #1
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Hi, here are some snaps of the first part of my summer holiday in July to the Western Balkans, the small but beautiful nation of Montenegro.

After flying to dubrovnik in Croatia, it is but a short drive to the Montenegrin border and from there we take a short ferry trip across the mouth of the Bay of Kotor which will be our base for the week.

From the ferry...

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The Venetian town of Perast shimmers in the bay, more from there later.

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After another short drive, we arrive at our home for the week and admire the views across the bay to Kotor town.

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Plenty more to come, hope you enjoy!

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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:43 AM   #2
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Next day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kotor, set in a secluded arm of the bay, the old town is a major staging post for cruise ships and yachts.

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Frappe time!

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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:59 AM   #3
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More Kotor, into dusk.....

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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:10 PM   #4
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Great pictures! I can feel the vacation feeling in the pictures
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Old August 30th, 2011, 12:16 PM   #5
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The next day we hit the road, up the mountain, 27(?) hairpin bends takes us to some great views..

Kotor
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Kotor to the right, The port of Tivat to the left..

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Boats in Tivat marina.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:10 PM   #6
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Once over the top the scenery changes and we soon arrive in the village of Njegusi, known in Montenegro for its ham and cheese.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:24 PM   #7
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Then after a nice drive through the mountains we descend into The historic heart of the Montenegrin nation. The old royal capital of Cetinje is little more than a large village but is home to former embassies, parliament, monastery and other trappings of its former status.

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After our brief lunch stop here we headed down to the coast and caught the first glimpse of the fishing village of Sveti Stefan. Joined to the mainland by just a spit of land, the presque-ile was converted to a luxury resort in the 1950s before closing with the tourism crash that accompanied the early 90s Yugoslav wars of succession.

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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:45 PM   #8
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We meander down to the coast, past the resort of Budva and hit the beach at Sveti Stefan. Disappointingly the village itself is now only accessible by guests staying there But there were enough good views and enough clear water to fill a couple of afternoons sunbathing

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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:48 PM   #9
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What a beautifull country!
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Old August 30th, 2011, 01:51 PM   #10
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this is one charming little resort city.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 02:58 PM   #11
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On to the small but beautifully preserved Venetian naval town of Perast, located directly opposite the opening of Kotor Bay a few km from Kotor town.

Traffic is restricted in The town, You have to park at the edge where the parking attendants ride Segways!

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Our Lady of the Rocks, one of two small islets intbe middle of the bay off Perast

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It was hot, 35c

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Old August 30th, 2011, 06:18 PM   #12
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Great and beautiful åics mate - looking forward to more
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Old August 30th, 2011, 07:02 PM   #13
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You take beautiful pictures. Amazing places.
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Old August 30th, 2011, 10:38 PM   #14
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Balkan Adriatic Coast = Most beautiful coastline in the world

Amazing places
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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:52 PM   #15
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ace pics Jonesy

Thanks too for rubbing in just how shit our summer has been
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Old August 30th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #16
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ace pics Jonesy

Thanks too for rubbing in just how shit our summer has been

Indeed

Montenegro looks lovely
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ace pics Jonesy

Thanks too for rubbing in just how shit our summer has been
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Old August 31st, 2011, 12:16 PM   #18
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Wonderful.

Architecture looks similar to Italy, mountains are beautiful, not many tourists.


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I wouldn't agree with that.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 01:20 PM   #19
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Great thread, awesome photos....Kotor is very beautiful, thanks.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 01:54 PM   #20
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Most of these churches and „Venetian“ towns are in fact heritage of once thriving but today vanished Croats of Boka Kotorska. Since we had to give it up, at least it's good to see it ended up in the hands of Montenegrins who are becoming our best pals as we speak

Thanks Mr Jonesy, guess this is your little boy?
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