Montenegro’s Coastal Charm

I’m sure by now the incessant photos of stunning mountainscapes and turquoise waters are getting old. But, oh how Montenegro’s seaside impresses!

I took the bus from Podgorica, a largely communist concrete block jungle, and wound up making my way through Budva and Kotor. I hate busses but the views were worth it. Pulling into Kotor is a gorgeous Orthodox Church and cemetery at the base of the mountains.

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Close by is the Kotor fortress with lively water views of Kotor Bay.

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A cruise ship was in port in Kotor so I expected chaos. But to my surprise, they left around noon.

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The Old Town was supremely charming. I highly recommend a visit. Lovely shops selling great gifts and souvenirs and beautiful architecture. To put it bluntly, Kotor took care of my Christmas list.

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Apparently, the cats of Kotor are quite famous. All I know is that they are cute and well cared for. And I’m not a cat person. For those who are, you’ve hit the feline jackpot. Tons of fabulous kitty merch.

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There is no shortage of beautiful stonework in Kotor either so don’t forget to look up at the building edifices.

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Driving into and out of Montenegro’s coastal cities is spectacular, especially if you can take your eyes off the road and leave the steering to someone else.

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The Adriatic is amazing, whether you ar seeing it from the mountains or dipping your toes in it.

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I hung out under this monument at the pier for a long afternoon stretch, soaking up the breeze and the scenery.

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Nearby, Montenegrins were swimming and having their drinks but I might as well have has the whole place to myself. It was THAT serene.

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BoundfortheBalkans

American expat. University professor. World traveller. Dog lover. Eating and drinking my way through the Balkans for 7 weeks.

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