A new country... Eastern Europes newest actually!!

Trip Start Jan 12, 2008
Trip End Mar 19, 2009

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

After our day in Belgrade that finished off at the pub for a few farewell drinks we wondered into our very own private train compartment for our overnight train to Montenegro. Getting pretty experience at the trains now we took things well in our stride and soon fell fast asleep.

The got woken up early for border formalities which as you can imagine for a two countries that we joined as Serbia and Montenegro until not so long ago was not the most formal and the Montenegro passport stamp does not even mention its name just the police post.
Getting use to the constantly late railways we did not bother to set an alarm for the morning and half an hour after we we due at our destination of Bar we arrived in the capital city of Podgorica still two hours to go. A quick view of the city from the train confirmed we made the right decision not to spend any time here and soon headed back to bed.
We woke up in perfect time to see the great scenery of Lake Skadar with its greeny blue surface, then the landscape gave way to the ragged coast which was just beautiful. On reaching Bar we quickly hopped straight on a bus north up the coast on Montenegro. The bus followed the coast we had just seen glimpses of and it really was picture perfect.

We were visited the old town of Kotor but as the bus direct to Mostar in Bosnia left from Hercerg Novi just up from Kotor the following day we decided to make this our base. The trouble was the town is just up on the map but in reality you have to pass around a bit sea inlet which meant the small extension took another hour!! Now don't get me wrong the drive had some of the best scenery we have seen on our whole trip but having come of a night train and knowing we need to go back to Kotor and do the return it did not exactly make us very happy campers. We eventually reach Hercerg Novi which had nothing to write home about especially after passing the fantastic looking Kotor an hour ago. We got attacked but the manditry 'old housewife' but we fended her off to buy a bus ticket.....and thats were it went wrong as there is not direct bus to Mostar as the LP stated and we would have to change in Dubrovnik....which we can get to from Kotor....so the whole 2 hours excursion was for nothing....for the love of travel!!!!

Once back in Kotor this time two 'old housewife' were there to meet us and we our bus ticket to Dubrovnik secured for the next day we toddled off for a well earned shower. Now as I mentioned earlier Kotor is a beautiful place, sitting but a blue as ink sea inlet and walled old town is fantastic. We wondered around the cobbled streets in the afternoon heat just taking in the splended buildings and discovering little courtyards and hidden churches. Even though it was a ABOT (Another Bloody Old Town) it was quite beautiful.

Now staying in shared houses can make for a great experience or can be a bit weird. This was the latter as when we returned we were shhhhh'ed as soon as we entered as not to make her husband. We were shhhhh'ed later when we went to use the bathroom and again when we left to see the town at night and again we we got back. This was only surpass but a head shaking...tut tuting when we finished using the bathroom the next morning. Home sweet home!!!!
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