Montenegro

I had heard that Montenegro was incredibly beautiful. Even though I was prepared for a gorgeous drive, it is still is surprising to see this out the bus window:

I mean, heck, road trips to me have been to California through the not-so-lovely desert.

After the bus ride, we ended up in Podgorica, Montenegro. A city that is mainly meant for business. There isn’t really anything to see in the city. Fortunately, Pete had a contact through a man who was in Hungary on a couple mission at the same time. This contact was a German man named Hasko who was in Montenegro to help the policing system there. Montenegro is hoping to become part of the EU, so the country is making steps to rid corruption and start systems that are accepted by the EU. Hasko was hired by the EU to help with the corruption. We met Hasko and his assistant, Andrea (23 year old from Montenegro), at Hasko’s office. Because there isn’t much tourism here, hotels are pricey. Hasko was generous enough to let us stay at his apartment. This was just one of the many things that Hasko helped with; I can’t believe how kind and generous he was to strangers!

Pete and I had such a great time with Hasko and Andrea. Hasko drove us to Lake Shkodor. What a beautiful lake! I’ve never seen a lake where the mountains popped out of the lake so dramatically. It was also so peaceful to hear the wildlife, rather than the rushing city life that we’ve been surrounded in so much of the time.

This is a rare orchid that Hasko spotted. It is protected in Germany. It takes the form of an insect to entice other insects to visit and then spread the pollen. It also smelled very good!

I feel pretty short in this pic with Pete and Hasko on either side. Ha.

The next day, Hasko drove us down (along with Andrea) to the coast of Montenegro, to the bay of Kotor. I told you they are so generous! I loved having conversations with them. If you think about it, Pete and I have been together 24 hours a day for the last two and a half weeks, and we haven’t really had any genuine conversations with anyone else. It was refreshing to be able to talk about Hasko’s past jobs working in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Andrea is also a blast to talk to. She is very educated and offers a wonderful perspective on Montenegro’s past and present.

While driving down to Kotor, we stopped in a tiny village to get some smoked ham. Holy cow, what great ham it is! We got a half kilo. The smokehouse looked like an ordinary home from the outside; you’d never know it was a smokehouse. The couple who helped us was so sweet. These pictures are all a bit blurry because I didn’t want to blind everyone with a flash. Plus, I never like how things look when taken with a flash; I’d rather it be blurry.

Here he is explaining what types of meat are hanging and whatnot.

Then we drove and drove on such a windy, beautiful road. We saw scenes like this (the bay of Kotor from above):

We made it into the city, found a sweet apartment (internet, private bathroom, washing machine!) for two nights. We are staying in the old town. One thing I’ve noticed about this area of the world is that every city seems to have an old city where the fortress is and people from way back when lived only inside the fortress walls. The U.S. just doesn’t have that kind of history.

Some views from the balcony of our apartment/hotel room:

For the first afternoon here, we went out to the bay and read, relaxed, and enjoyed the view. Pete took some photos with his nice camera, so hopefully he’ll post those eventually. I’ve found that I’ve still been able to get some good images with a point and shoot, though!

After Kotor, we went to a nearby city on the beach called Budva. We ended up at a really cool hostel where there were people from Australia, England, Italy, Mexico, and Serbia. We did a bbq with them one night (we grilled pineapple and only the Mexican girl had heard of that). The English owner made Indian curry the next day…. so good! Budva is definitely a place that is best visited when it’s warm, but we still had fun wandering around the beach. We also walked to a nearby beach (2 hour walk, but beautiful the whole way). I bet we’ll visit here again!

The water was really cold, and Pete was crazy enough to go into the water knee deep!

Budva also had a nice fortress/old town to explore.

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133 responses to “Montenegro

  1. That water is just so pristine and that meat is making my mouth water. As one who’s driven through the California dessert too many times, I know what you mean about the scenery. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Great photos!

  2. Another beautiful looking experience. Fun stuff you guys.

  3. Very Very pretty!! Great pictures Kimmy!! 🙂

  4. JesKoopmans

    Dan and I just decided that we *almost* wish we didnt have kids so we could be there too! lol….ugh, keep them coming! lol Im living through you! *wink*

  5. Beautiful – my favorite was the Budva church shot.

  6. Katie Gou

    Beautiful! I particularly liked the greyscale image of the courtyard and the second last picture on the beach.

  7. Rob

    Nice post. Enjoyed it.

  8. How stunning! Thanks for sharing these fabulous photos! And congrats on FP-ed! Hang on for the ride——————-
    Kathy

  9. So stunnning! Montenegro hardly ever appears on popular European destinations lists… I wonder why?? The whole area looks so pristine and absolutely beautiful!

  10. bsalgado

    Great pictures from a such a misterious place!

  11. Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed! Your photos are really beautiful and I look forward to reading more of your adventures. I will definitely be adding Montenegro to my must visit list.

  12. Fantastic photos of Montenegro! I just passed through there as well, but I don’t think that I captured it in the same way. Also, enjoy Albania (if you are still planning on passing through) – It’s a very dynamic country.

  13. freerider73

    It’s very beautiful !

  14. Good job capturing these breathtaking views!:)

  15. Montenegro is a beautiful place!!

  16. Hey Pete and Kimmy
    Great photographs!
    Truth is that most bits of East Europe is pretty unexplored and not common in the tourist circuit; and that just maybe a blessing in disguise. There is also a lot of scope of eco-tourism, like a famous one in Lebanon.
    Your photographs and tale makes me book ourselves (me and wifey) right there, but we just booked for Kenya.
    Keep the travel tales coming in!
    Cheers
    Dev
    http://www.calmdev.wordpress.com

  17. Beautiful!
    I was in Kosovo once, I guess I should have gone to Montenegro instead.

    • I am living in Kosovo right now! I think it’s the best of both worlds because it’s cheap to live here, but visiting these beautiful places isn’t very far away! I’m headed to Croatia in two weeks! I’ll drive through Montenegro and I’m looking forward to it.

      • Hi Kadie – U will LOVE Croatia and many of the views u see in the photos above, u will see many similar breath-taking views down the western coastline. I lived in Croatia in the 1990s, splitting time between Zagreb and my home in Rijeka. Take some time to tour south from Rijecka, starting with Opatija to the north and ending in Dubrovnik to the far south. Many sights inbetween (i.e. Pula and Split) and the areas and villages surrounding all. Wonderful experience…the people amazingly warm and beautiful as well. 🙂

      • Hi Kadie – U will LOVE Croatia and many of the views u see in the photos above, u will see many similar breath-taking views down the western coastline. I lived in Croatia in the 1990s, splitting time between Zagreb and my home in Rijeka. Take some time to tour south from Rijeka, starting with Opatija to the north and ending in Dubrovnik to the far south. Many sights inbetween (i.e. Pula and Split) and the areas and villages surrounding all. Wonderful experience…the people amazingly warm and beautiful as well. 🙂

  18. thor27

    Very nice article the photograpy was good. The meats and hams at that smoke house
    looked divine absolutely a epicurean connaissuers dream come true. I’d be like a kid in a candy store my wife would never get me out of there. Kudos on your blog very nice !
    As you can tell Ilove great food and I run on my stomach and that smoke house would have my carnivore side in full tilt bogey.

  19. thor27

    By chance do you have the name of that smoke house I’d import some of those meats
    they are the pitter of the patter and people would be dancing in the street for those meats. Wow I’m hungry looking at the pictures.

    • Glad you liked the meat pictures! The meat was amazing. We got it in a city that is not far from Kotor. The city is called Njegusi (very small town). There were several smokehouses, and I’m sure any of them would offer amazing meats (and the prices were great, as well). I hope that helps!

  20. Nice photos! Makes me want to travel again. Once you’ve caught the bug, right?

  21. That’s a ton of prosciutto in the smokehouse. Great post and stunning photos of Montenegro! Congrats on Freshly Pressed.

  22. WOW looks amazing and the meats look delicious! great post and nice read

  23. Great variety of photos, looks like you had and amazing time. Thanks so much for sharing!

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  25. bob

    great photos. I told Hasko now I want to visit Montenegro – a place I tried to avoid in the past.

  26. Lovely Experience ^_^ Thanks for sharing

  27. OMG!!! Its like Paradise! Ive really enjoyed ur pics! They are lovely. 🙂

    Take care guys!

    x

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  29. Gorgeous place and good shots – like your post! Good job.
    A

  30. Beautiful! I especially love the beach rocks and the rare orchid. Boy, I need a vacation like this one.

    Cheers!
    modestcupboard.wordpress.com

  31. Thanks for sharing your pictures–they’re lovely! My husband and I went to Croatia and Montenegro for our honeymoon a couple of years ago. Your pictures brought me right back… Congrats on being FPed and enjoy the rest of your adventure!

  32. What a wonderful place for photography. Some of those old buildings are magnificent. Nice work.

  33. Hi Pete and Kimmy,

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  34. Nice pics. Jealous to see that Montenegro is so green while Ukraine is kinda… grey.

    • Ha, I lived in Ukraine for a few months…. it’ll get green eventually! I was there in the summer and fall, and the summer was incredible! I was in Kiev most of the time; where are you?

  35. Hi, so beautiful pictures! I love to travel and your trip sounds amazing. Hope you are having a lots of fun and take care 🙂

  36. Such a great set of photo’s! And what a smart little orchid!

  37. I love the old Spanish houses of worship. And the smokehouse! Brought me back to the ’70’s and an old fashioned butcher in a rural town in Pennsylvania. Oh the smells of that smokehouse. Brings back memories of a lost art in the U.S.

  38. Great post :).

    The photos are all awesome. But some parts are not so different from Portugal, strangely.

  39. I love the pictures. Good job on making FP!

  40. Ahhhhhh…. amazing trip, beautiful photos – congratulations!

  41. MEWriter

    I’ve travelled in Montenegro twice, and loved it. Your photos brought it right back to me. The first time I visited was in October and it was still warm enough to swim. They are very friendly too but have suffered with not that many visitors. I remember I had a brilliant guide in Kotor and when I returned about two or three years later I was at a conference and he remembered me. If you ever return the people you met will remember you.

  42. I envy that trip, I’ve been to Istanbul Turkey and London. I recommend if you ever get to Turkey go to a place called Bodrum and Turkbuku, these little towns are everything your going to need to have a great trip. Let me know if you go….. 🙂

    -T

    • Thanks for the suggestions for Turkey! We were going to try to go to Turkey this time around, but we decided that we’d rather dedicate an entire month or so to Turkey (there are so many amazing places we want to see in Turkey!).

  43. Dominic

    WOW!Beautiful!

  44. Looks awesome! We were in the area a few years ago–kotor too!
    If you want to check it out we have our travelogues linked on the right side of our blog.

    Best,
    Aron
    http://www.hitherandthither.net

  45. The view from the balcony is an archaeological site, isn´t it?
    If so, what is its name?

    • I believe it is the Kotor fortress. I don’t think it is a UNESCO sight (yet), but it is definitely protected and part of the old city of Kotor.

  46. eru

    soooooo pretty place guys…………

  47. Thanks for the tantalizing data and photos of Montenegro…gotta get there…only traveled as far as Dubrovnik on the last trip by ferry down from Venice…will keep following you…if you’re a foodie, check out my blog as well….www.
    butfirst.wordpress.com

  48. WOW!!! What beautiful pictures!!! The meat seems delicious!!!Thank you for sharing~

  49. WOW~~~beautiful pictures!!! The water is so clear~~~Seems that you have a happy journey!!!Love your post~

  50. im in love with the place! wish I could go there too! Cool pictures!

  51. Fantastic photos of Montenegro! I just passed through there as well, but I don’t think that I captured it in the same way. Also, enjoy Albania (if you are still planning on passing through) – It’s a very dynamic country.

  52. amazing pics you’ve got there!

  53. QRI

    gorgeous pics! Thanks for sharing and congrats on fp!!

  54. Breathtaking pictures that most of us just dream about.thanks for sharing to everyone.

  55. Aziz

    Very beautiful pictures from beautiful poeple.

  56. so beautiful scenery.must be wonderful journey : )

  57. kumarmannu

    Wow beautiful Post……………….

  58. very nice photos! I also like to go there and take some photos

  59. very nice photos! I also like to go there and take some photos

  60. What a gorgeous place – now I want to go there.

  61. I like seaview……and I’mstayed in arcipelago place…………….

  62. It is so amazing and nice picture!

  63. wow! what a trip!..i love exploring old towns too…and it is a lovely surprise that your fotos were taken with just a point and shoot…you took good ones!

  64. Suzy West

    This is such a great collection of photos. I like the one of the alley and the view out your window. I miss you, but I am so thrilled that you are livin the dream. Congrats on getting the recognition. It just keeps getting better.

  65. Your photos are stunningly beautiful. I like them.

  66. saltybi11

    That is a lot of meat!

  67. myfilthyroom

    I can imagine how unbelievable the smell was inside the smokehouse (pun intended) 😀

  68. By chance do you have the name of that smoke house I’d import some of those meats
    they are the pitter of the patter and people would be dancing in the street for those meats. Wow I’m hungry looking at the pictures.

  69. I love Montenegro – I went to Kotor and Budva on a day trip from Dubrovnik last June. It’s such a beautiful place, and it was sweltering hot!

  70. wow…. bringing back memories – I cycled through Montenegro in 2007 and it was so stunning. Your pics make it all so alive again. That road into Kotor Bay is just incredible isn’t it? Enjoy 😉

  71. beautiful pics except the non veg part as I am a vegetarian.

  72. Amazing! i love Montenegro, beauty full picture.

    Good job keep it up and thanks for sharing

  73. World is beautiful 🙂

  74. TheAbsoluteOutsider (Leopold Tikvic)

    Hi, I’m from Croatia and I never thought that people out there are amazed by countries like mine. Glad to hear that. I hoe we have the potential to develop some tourism. 🙂

    • I loved Croatia! I hope that more people take the chance to visit places that are off the beaten road–like Croatia and Montenegro. I’ve found that people in the Balkans have been incredibly friendly, which adds to the greatness of this area. 🙂

  75. Your story paints details and every picture tells a story. I do not think I will ever be able to go to Montenegro, but I am living the experience any way.

  76. Eva McCane

    beautiful! on my list of places to visit now.

  77. WOW. Those photos are so beautiful! Simply amazing to look at! It kind of makes me feel like I am there if I look at the picture and close my eyes and ears to the noise of the air-con and TV. Wow… I hope that I get to go there one day 🙂 The old town looks so medieval (my fascination for it has recently been rekindled!) and the 4th and 8th to last pictures are just stunning! Thanks for sharing such beauty with us and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  78. beckyspringer

    Amazing pictures! I don’t know how to describe it, but when I see beautiful photography of places like that, it really pulls on my heartstrings – at the very moment i’m looking at the photos, I want to see it for myself more than anything else in the world. Great post 🙂

  79. What a fantastic post! The pictures are amazing, and I like that you give info along with commentary on your experience. Montenegro is on my top list of places I’d like to go- I’m glad to see it won’t be a disappointing when I go! Thanks and keep posting!

  80. Melissa

    Wow! You are popular! haha

  81. i went to budva in 1989 6 months before the first war broke out which split old yugoslavia, i always remember it was very popular with italian tourists (as it was just over the border), beautiful place, very rocky the prices where great you could buy bread in the morning it could be 0.10gbp, then few hours on it could be 050gbp, then hour later back to 0.10gbp the money was so unstable, then also you had to go via dubrovnik, croatia 3 hours drive away

  82. Congrats on “freshly pressed”

    I found this one very interesting because my family is from Montenegro. I have not had the opportunity to visit however my father and grandfather visited several years ago. My father being a great photographer captured some fantastic photos of the locals where it was very clear we are all related.

    Great post! Happy Travels!

  83. Sherri

    Kimmy/Pete!
    Wow I am number 95 or so to respond!
    I love your blog! You both are great writers and photographers. It’s extremely fun to read and the photos are AMAZING. Can I share this blog with my 6th grade class? It’s perfect for social studies and better than our SS book!?
    We miss you but we are proud and happy that you are creating these memories and experiencing this adventure together. Thanks for sharing part of it with us.
    Love
    Sherri Ry and Sam.

  84. That\’s fantastic. I like way you present it

  85. GREAT REVIEW! I totally agree with all your thoughts you said in your article, especially at the beggining of your article. Thank you, this info is very valuable as always. Keep up the good work! You’ve got +1 more reader of your blog:) Isabella S.

  86. Dan and I just decided that we *almost* wish we didnt have kids so we could be there too! lol….ugh, keep them coming! lol Im living through you! *wink*

  87. WOW! Your so popular now! 😉 At least I can say I knew you before you were famous. ha ha. That’s so cool that you got freshly pressed, you totally deserve it your posts are fantastic. I love your pictures (are you really using a point and shoot?) and I love what you write. Congrats!

  88. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for letting us tag along on your adventure. 🙂

  89. That water is just so pristine and that meat is making my mouth water. As one who’s driven through the California dessert too many times, I know what you mean about the scenery. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Great photos!

  90. realanonymousgirl2011

    That looks wonderful, beautiful, and so much fun. That meathouse reminds me of Madrid. If you ever go you have to visit the Ham Museum and have tapas there. It sounds like a ridiculous name but it looks like a deli that doubles as a bar and hanging all over the walls and ceiling are these giant ham legs that have been aged decades. And its some expensive stuff.

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  95. I’ve travelled in Montenegro twice, and loved it. Your photos brought it right back to me. The first time I visited was in October and it was still warm enough to swim. They are very friendly too but have suffered with not that many visitors. I remember I had a brilliant guide in Kotor and when I returned about two or three years later I was at a conference and he remembered me. If you ever return the people you met will remember you.

  96. Very nice article the photograpy was good. The meats and hams at that smoke house
    looked divine absolutely a epicurean connaissuers dream come true. I’d be like a kid in a candy store my wife would never get me out of there. Kudos on your blog very nice !
    As you can tell Ilove great food and I run on my stomach and that smoke house would have my carnivore side in full tilt bogey.

  97. Wow. Who knew? Personally I love driving through the Californian desert, especially because of its vast emptiness, but there is something to be said for these sceneries in Montenegro too, no doubt!
    (Also, on a side note: nice Threadless t-shirt, Pete. 🙂 )

  98. What an awesome place it is!Really great scenery.Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  103. That water is just so pristine and that meat is making my mouth water. As one who’s driven through the California dessert too many times, I know what you mean about the scenery. Enjoy the rest of your trip. Great photos!

  104. Avril Holderness-Roddam

    I feel like a stalker, but I just stumbled upon your blog while I was researching for an adventure I plan to have in 2 yrs and I’m loving the photos 🙂 It’s nice seeing it from travellers’ perspectives instead of tourism operators’!

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  107. I hope you will visit my country again,Greetings from Montenegro.

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