Dubrovnik, Mostar and Perast – gems of Southeast Europe

Im back! I havent posted anything for 5 weeks. The reason is there are few things in my personal life that take up the majority of my free time now. All positive changes, just they keep me busy all the time. Finally today I found some spare time to write a bit.

Dubrovnik

I want to show you some photos from our latest holiday. In September we visited Dubrovnik in Croatia. The city is heavily overpriced and overloaded with the Game of Thrones fans/guided tours/souvenirs. But its so beautiful! Its old town is magnificent, full of limestone buildings and narrow alleys.

The following pictures are from Stradun, the main street, and one of the side streets – they are really worth exploring.

 

Our original plan was only to go to Dubrovnik, but the city is rather small, so it doesnt take long to discover it. Also, we thought it would be nice to escape the crowds. Then we found out that there are amazing places within reasonable distance also in Bosnia and Montenegro. So we decided to do two extra trips.

One day we visited Mostar in Bosnia. That was the first time after many, many years that I found myself standing in a queue to cross a border. There certainly are things to criticize the EU for, but the borderless travelling is not one of them. On the other hand, I got my first stamp in my passport, yay!

After 2,5 hours of driving through amazing Bosnian landscape we finally arrived to Mostar. The town is beautifully located in a river valley, surrounded by hills.

The interesting thing for me was that there were still many houses with bullet holes from the war. Some houses are renovated, some are abandoned. Sometimes the buildings create a striking contrast:

Mostar Bosnia

On the day of your departure back to the UK we also peeked into Montenegro. And when I say peeked I mean it. It was a short visit, partly due to the queue at the border, but we saw some amazing places (and got a second passport stamp).

Boka Kotorska, Montenegro, Perast

We aimed for Kotor in the Kotor bay, but unfortunately we ran out of time. We stopped in Perast instead and didnt regret. The small town was adorable and the views were amazing. The dark mountains towering above the bay reminded me of Norwegian fjords. It was raining, but since our visit was so short, we did not really mind. I am sure one day we will be back to explore these countries more properly.

Perast Montenegro Kotor Bay

 

 

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