I got up a little early and walked down to the nearby Botanical Garden to photograph in morning light.Gail was doing the same thing so we walked around together. The gardens had an amazing variety of plants in bloom.One area had crocus in full flower and across the path were the remains of an artichoke gone to seed next to hydrangeas also in full flower.
The tour group left the hotel after breakfast for the airport.We’re flying to the southern end of Croatia and will then travel slowly by bus back up to the northern end of Croatia.Our destination for tonight is Montenegro which is south of Croatia and north of Albania.
The Zagreb airport is far out of town and you have to pass through miles of Soviet era high rise apartment blocks to reach it.In a way this saved the OldTown because the Soviet building effort was concentrated elsewhere and not demolishing the ancient town.
The plane to Dubrovnik was a Bombadier Q400 turboprop so we flew low enough to see the countryside.The flight path crossed Bosnia-Herzogova before going along the coast and turning to fly down a valley into Dubrovnik.The land alongthe ocean fell away in impressive cliffs to the ocean below.
coming into Dubrovnik over cliffs above the beach
We were met by our new bus and bus driver Jacov for the short drive South into Montenegro.We passed two customs points; one to leave Croatia and another to enter Montenegro.
Montenegro became an independent nation two years ago when it separated from Serbia-Bosnia.Its currency is the Euro even though its not part of the EU due to some diplomatic maneuvering during the 1990’s.During that time Montenegro was very underdeveloped and reliant on Serbia (Yugoslavian govt.) for support..When Croatia wanted to separate from Yugoslavia after Tito’s death and the end of socialist control, Montenegro sided with Serbia and invaded the Croatians to the North, looting as they went.The UN put economic sanctions on Serbia and its currency but, in an effort to separate Serbia and Montenegro, allowed Montenegro to use German Marks for currency.When Germany switched to the Euro so did Montenegro.
We’re staying at the Hotel Montenegro, a rather tired four star hotel that is next to Hotel Splendid which is named for a hotel in a Bond film and lives up to its name.The promenade along the waterfront is beautiful.My husband and I walked the promenade along the ocean in the evening dusk.