Monthly Archives: June 2015

Adventures in Border Crossings: Montenegro to Croatia

On our way to our next destination, Dubrovnik, our bus from Kotor left right on time at 0830. We sat in the front of the bus and as we pulled out of the station we had great confidence in our driver, knowing … Continue reading

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Two Nights in Kotor

Today’s posting is mostly photos taken in Kotor, Montenegro. Kotor is one of those picture perfect walled Dalmatian coast towns that seems to just draw you in. The beautiful bay and surrounding steep mountains remind you in some ways of … Continue reading

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Cross-cultural Encounters and Beer-Drinking Bus Drivers

We took a day-trip from Budva, 40 minutes up the winding mountain road to the old Montenegrin capital city of Cetinje, a town of 14,000 that time seems to have forgotten. The old British, Russian and French embassies are still … Continue reading

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Budva: Hotspot on the Montenegrin Adriatic

The 1.5 hour bus ride from Podgorica to Budva, Montenegro took us over some beautiful mountains and gave us an appreciation of how rugged this country is. After driving through the old capital of Cetinje and down the mountain road … Continue reading

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Morning at the Monastery

About 45 minutes drive northwest of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, is the amazing Ostrog Monastery. The monastery is built into a cliff about 900 meters above the valley and is the most important site in Montenegro for Orthodox Christians. It was … Continue reading

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An Evening in Podgorica

At last, Tanya got to visit Podgorica, Montenegro. Not that she necessarily has any family ties here but she was anxious to see a city containing the root of her maiden name, Podgornoff (Podgornov). The word “Podgor” translates in various Slavic languages as … Continue reading

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Street Music in Wiesbaden

One of the things we love about living here is the variety of street musicians we have, especially on weekends. From baritone opera soloists, to string quartets, to Django Reinhardt-style cafe music, we have it all. Here a sample from this … Continue reading

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Weekend in Reims, France

This past weekend we visited Reims, France and its impressive cathedral, built between 1211 and 1516. For 800 years it served as the site for the coronation of the Kings of France, and while severely damaged in WW I, has … Continue reading

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