After two weeks we stayed on Adriatic but moved up the coast to Herceg Novi, Montenegro where we rented an apartment overlooking a beach (see image below). It was a very pleasant stay - having a place with large terrace where one could sit and read and enjoy a dip in the sea every so often was priceless. This villa offered about 5 apartments and grounds were just so beautiful. At about 80$ per night for all of us it was more expensive than other accommodations in the area, but well worth it.
One of the day trips that we did was to Dubrovnik, Croatia to visit a friend who I worked with years before in Sweden. It was a wonderful day, short trip from Herceg Novi and we first enjoyed coffee in square catching up and watching tourists (sometimes my favorite pass time)
He and his family have several properties around Europe, one of which is in the old part of Dubrovnik where we went to prepare for boat trip. I snapped a few photos of the view from the apartment and I wanted to take a few more inside the space as I really liked how they married old and new, but somehow missed doing it.
Next up was getting on the boat and going for a short trip out to sea looking for nice place for a swim or two. These are photos as we were leaving Dubrovnik on the boat - these photos should be familiar to those watching "Game of Thrones".
Kids fell asleep both on the way there and back while the rest of us enjoyed the speed, wind, smells, and company. We looked through a few secluded areas but there were already yachts there so we would move on. Having someone local like my friend to show you around is really the way to experience a place. Boat itself is also incredibly looking, imported from Norway, teak decking, bells and whistles... We finally found a place - enjoyed our swims, had some wine and grapes while my friend reserved a spot in local restaurant for dinner.
This restaurant where we went does not look like much from the outside, you would never think twice about entering it. We got there via boat as you can get it from seaside. Apparently this is one of the best places to eat where Richard Burton and Elisabeth Taylor among others spent time while they filmed there. What is the truth I am not sure, but seafood we had that day was incredible. Lunch and dinner morph into one here as you take your time to order, eat, and chat and relax in between courses. Kids even took a dip as you can basically just step into the sea off the restaurant. You take it easy and you enjoy these moments.
Back from Dubrovnik we enjoyed a couple of other trips to Zanjice, Rose and Kotor. Images here are of Rose village, so picturesque. We had a boat ride to get there and then spent some time in secluded beach.
In other part of the village we had some refreshments in the restaurant overlooking the bay. Kids would sit at the edge of the wall waiting to be sprayed by the waves. Load of fun really. Finally, we took the boat ride back to apartment at sunset - just incredible.
Another day trip was to Kotor, town as beautiful as Dubrovnik, it is an old Mediterranean port surrounded by fortifications built during Venetian period.
Kotor has one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic and is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is home to numerous sights in the old town (built in 1166), and the ancient walls which stretch for 4.5 km (3 mi) directly above the city.
Our three weeks along the Adriatic coast were relaxing, gorgeous, inspiring, and fulfilling but they went by really fast. Kids enjoyed the trip immensely. This beach in the image below and my trusted sidekick holding the fort while other enjoy their swim reminded me of trip to The Côte d'Azur and more specifically to be beach in Villfranche-sur-Mer, but that is for another post.
I completely forgot to share our trip to Germany which was part of this two and half month European trip. We visited Black Forrest region where my aunt lives so I will have to do that next. Until then read more from our travel diaries: