Lunch in Montenegro.

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Timer shot with Kotor Bay in the background.

I love that we can drive an hour and be in a new country, where a different language is spoken and different foods are served. It’s old hat for Europeans I suppose, but a pretty unique thing for us Americans to experience. We are very close to the countries of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina here in Dubrovnik, so today we went to check out the former.

Montenegro is a very new country, the last to separate from the former Yugoslavia (in 2006). Unlike what happened in the neighboring countries, no fighting occurred here over their independence…I guess Belgrade had just given up trying to hold anything together by then. The country is teeny tiny.  My guidebook says it’s about the same size as Connecticut.

Although there was some delay due to the amount of traffic on the way, getting through the border was pretty simple, with just a cursory glance at our passports.
It's about 1300 steps to St. John's Fortress at the top.
(On the way back they were randomly searching trunks and it took a very long time to get through).

We choose to visit Kotor, which is situated at the end of Europe’s southernmost fjord. The drive was pretty spectacular -- mountains and water surrounded us. Fantastic. There was an unfortunate amount of garbage along the road, which Steve quickly picked up on. I found it was best to look up towards toward the mountains and avoid looking down at the depressing plastic litter.

Parking just outside the walls of the old town was an issue, but we finally got a spot in a paid lot near the harbor after some time waiting in line. Who would have guessed Kotor would be such a popular place! From the harbor, we could see the old fort walls climbing high up the mountain behind the town.
Close up of my lunch. Mmmm.
It was gorgeous! You can climb the 1300-or-so steps to get there, but it was just too hot and we didn’t have the right shoes, so we settled for a look around the historic town. It was similar to the many other medieval villages we have visited recently. In fact they are all starting to blur together. We walked through quaint alleyways and explored everything of interest, all the while feeling that déjà vu.

For lunch, we went to a restaurant called Kantun, recommended by Fodor’s.  A very old lady dressed in flamboyant purple floral and wearing a big dark wig sat directly behind my chair, yelling out very loud greetings to some people passing by. (I would have preferred some live music or something.) We had the usual for lunch: salads. Mine was Greek style, with very delicious creamy feta cheese (not super tangy like the kind we have at home) and incredible red tomatoes.
The quiet beach at Perast.
Steve had “tunny fish salad,” which was kind of an odd presentation sans lettuce or mayo. All was quite tasty. When we left, the old lady was still there, nursing a coffee and keeping an eagle eye out for anyone she might know passing by.

We had a flash of spontaneity on the way home, stopping in the village of Perast since we were passing right by anyway. We loved this town! It had a great, laid back atmosphere.  1) There were no crowds and no parking issues!  2) it was filled with old stone villas, many of them occupied, but many just empty, picturesque shells  3) beautiful seaside location, but no throngs of Speedo wearers and loud kids to be found anywhere.

We found a lively café covered with a grape arbor (with ripe grapes hanging all over the “ceiling,”) and treated ourselves to iced coffee, which incidentally is served with ice cream here in Montenegro. Imagine that! Then we walked the entire length of the town on the waterfront. It was but pleasant and quiet. Loved this place… two thumbs up for Montenegro.  



 

 
goezi says:
Sounds great! I agree with your comment about driving from one language to the next -we don't get that down-under either. :(
Posted on: Aug 25, 2008
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Timer shot with Kotor Bay in the b…
Timer shot with Kotor Bay in the …
Its about 1300 steps to St. John…
It's about 1300 steps to St. John…
Close up of my lunch. Mmmm.
Close up of my lunch. Mmmm.
The quiet beach at Perast.
The quiet beach at Perast.
We saw these in the water at frequ…
We saw these in the water at freq…
Roadside beach scene on the way to…
Roadside beach scene on the way t…
Ferry crossing in Montenegro.
Ferry crossing in Montenegro.
Yuck.
Yuck.
Kotor Main Gate. The original Vene…
Kotor Main Gate. The original Ven…
St. Johns Fortress on the hills a…
St. John's Fortress on the hills …
Kotor church.
Kotor church.
Tunny fish salad.
Tunny fish salad.
Greek salad in Kotor.
Greek salad in Kotor.
St. Tryphons cathedral in Kotor.
St. Tryphon's cathedral in Kotor.
Kotor street with shops.
Kotor street with shops.
Serbian Orthodox St. Lucas Church.
Serbian Orthodox St. Lucas Church.
Fortress walls at Kotor.
Fortress walls at Kotor.
Across the harbor.
Across the harbor.
Yachts in Kotor Harbor.
Yachts in Kotor Harbor.
St Johns Fortress above Kotor.
St John's Fortress above Kotor.
Beautiful sail boat in the harbor.
Beautiful sail boat in the harbor.
Another angle.
Another angle.
View of Perast.
View of Perast.
Perast stone villas.
Perast stone villas.
Perasts church.
Perast's church.
Two church-topped islands just off…
Two church-topped islands just of…
Perast.
Perast.
Things are being fixed up.
Things are being fixed up.
On the ceiling.
On the ceiling.
Breaktime!
Breaktime!
Oh, thats good.
Oh, that's good.
Cafe in Perast. The ceiling is a g…
Cafe in Perast. The ceiling is a …
Steve exits.
Steve exits.
Yachts in the Perast harbor.
"Yachts" in the Perast harbor.
Unassuming.
Unassuming.
Perasts museum. Entrance fee was …
Perast's museum. Entrance fee was…
I went wading.
I went wading.
Fancy hair statue, Perast.
Fancy hair statue, Perast.
Most of Perast was constructed in …
Most of Perast was constructed in…
The line to get back into Croatia.
The line to get back into Croatia.