[life]: Travel Diaries - Adriatic

3.22.2015

Spring barely arrived (it will be freezing temperature again tomorrow) and yet I am thinking of summer and beaches. Last year in May we went to Mayan Riviera for two weeks - amazing trip, so relaxing for all of us and two years ago we spent about 3 weeks on Adriatic coast continuing with our European travel that lasted some two and half months over summer. There is a significant photo dump from the coast so I've decided to split the post in two parts. I also just realized that I completely missed posting about Germany (I remember preparing the post but can't find it published...) so I'll get to that as well.

Let's start things off with some beautiful scenery... This is called Bay of Kotor (or Boka Kotorska locally) in Montenegro and it consists of four gulfs: gulf of Herceg Novi, gulf of Tivat, gulf of Risan, and gulf of Kotor. We had a chance to spend time around all of them during three weeks and to do a day trip to Dubrovnik, Croatia. Specifically, these images are of Lustica Bay.



For first two weeks we ended up renting a house with two bedrooms which we found through some friends, kitchen was on a separate floor and very large terrace overlooking the sea on the second one. Accommodation itself was nothing special to report (i.e. no photos) but having a large terrace was great and views were wonderful. Distance from the beach was 5 minutes walk albeit it was quite steep but we did not overly mind it. We would spend time on the beach in the morning and afternoon avoiding it during lunch hour mostly to avoid the sun and to eat at the house. When we had a car we did some day trips to other beaches in the area or other little towns. 

First image here is of the beach where we were, second is view from the terrace, third is my artistic daughter playing with clothesline pins and taking photos of them.


During some of these day trips we would venture out to secluded beaches with beautiful and pristine water, water pools and wonderful views. 
The Adriatic is a part of the Mediterranean Sea. The name Adriatic is of an Etruscan origin and was called Hardriatic according to their colony of Hadria. Later, the name of Adria started to be extended, whereas the name Adria is used today in many languages, for example in Italian or German language. It is lying between the Italian and Balkan peninsulas. It runs along the coasts of various countries. In the west, it is the coast of Italia, in the east the coast of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosna and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania. The eastern coast is extending from Gulf of Trieste in the north and in the south is leading into Otrant Lowland. The western shore of the Adriatic Sea (the Italian) has less broken relief, does not have the islands and its inland is covered by lowlands. The eastern shore (the Croatian) has a broken relief, there are many islands in a great part of the shore, almost along all the longitude. It has a broken relief.

There are three different types of beaches here - rugged rocks which work great with older kids who want to jump into the water, small stones (pebbles), and sand.  I like all of them and there are pros and cons to them all - so we just went about and alternated spots giving kids more options.


Little E has just turned 1 when we made this trip, so I was a bit worried about how she will take it all and how she would do with different kind of beaches. She was great - everything was a different adventure. Older kids were happy as well - they had company (other kids to play with) and while they were not too happy to do homework (yes, I am terrible!) in the afternoons, they did it in the shade enjoying smells of the sea.


One of the trips was to Tivat where we climbed onto training ship "Jadran" built 1930s and Porto Montenegro.


We also visited Budva , enjoyed a stroll, nice dinner and lovely sights.


Budva is #1 destination in Montenegro according to TripAdvisor.


One of the small trips was to Perast, a well preserved village,a UNESCO World Natural and Historical Heritage Site.

Across from Perast is Gospa od Skrpjela (in translation "The Church of Our Lady of the Rock"), small island with beautiful church.
According to legend, the islet was made over the centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea on July 22, 1452. Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called fašinada in the local dialect, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place.


I have more to share in next post. Until then read more from our travel diaries:

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