Mountainous Montenegro

Myself, the well-travelled Dutch lady and the gentle German giant said our goodbyes to half of the people in yesterday's group photo as we headed for Montenegro whilst the others headed further north into the Albanian mountains to hike. For those interested in getting to Montenegro from Shkodra read this paragraph otherwise skip it. You will need to pass the land-border stop of Ulrich. To get to our intended ...

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Climbing those almighty 1400 Kotor steps!

Was a little knackering I can admit. Don't get me wrong, if you consider yourself fit or even modestly fit you won't struggle with this climb and at worst, you'll break a sweat. I, however, rarely     sweat due to a lack of any high level physical exertion and so it was strange sensation to see liquid based droplets forming on and around my 'looky looky man' Ray Bans. I also stopped a number of times for photos so that made ...

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Europe's equivalent of Jordan's Petra...

Is the Ostrog monastery. Interestingly it comes with a little mystery attached to it in the sense that nobody knows much about who or what built it. That's quite strange to hear these days right?         I had initially accepted this wasn't going to be a tourist attraction I could visit because the tour price would have been around 35 euros and I couldn't justify that. Regular readers will know that I've managed to refrain ...

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Visiting the largest canyon in Europe!

And second in the world only to the Grand Canyon lies here in Montenegro and it is known as the Tara River Canyon. This was definitely on today's itinerary; the only question was how to get to it as I was still a little sore after yesterday's 20KM hike! Thankfully this wasn't a dilemma for long as the fab owners of the fab Hiker's Den hostel casually offered a group of us a personalised guided tour in their car for less than 5 Great Briti ...

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Office worker, turned blogger, turns hiker!

How many capital cities do you know of where people advise you not to visit? I don't mean from a safety aspect but rather from a dullness and lack of excitement perspective. If you don't have an immediate answer to the above, you soon will in the form of Podgorica - Montenegro's capital city. When fellow travellers say there really isn't much to do there and that I should skip it and hostel managers say the same - then that's what you do. ...

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A Montenegrin mountain road trip

Upon visiting Montenegro, it would have been so easy for me to have just done the coastline and do a bare minimum here of a day or two before heading north to Croatia like many other travellers do.     Instead, I gambled on giving this country more of my time and I'm immensely pleased I made that decision. I had accepted a couple of days ago that to get the most of this country, it was going to cost me a whole lot more than I ...

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