Beautiful Durmitor

Trip Start Mar 24, 2008
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Trip End Sep 12, 2008


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Thursday, July 3, 2008

After crossing the border from Croatia to Montenegro we could tell from the scenery, the roads, the litter, the cars, shops etc. we were in a different country and finally feeling like we are at last in Eastern Europe. As we drove along the coast the scenery became more pleasant with mountains coming right down to the clear coastal waters and a magnificent drive through the fjord to the old town of Kotor. It was here I opted to relax and have a coffee in a cafe while Marja hiked an hour upwards to the fort above the town in temps of about 38C. She said it was worth it and I got to see it too without breaking into a sweat.....another good reason to have a digi camera. The next step was Bodva, the biggest beach resort in Montenegro and also the biggest disappointment for us. The huge hotels dominate the short stretch of beach with sunbeds and parasoles with not much else to offer us. It does have a picturesque old town that kept us busy for a long evening though. So after a sticky night in the tent as it was too hot to sleep in the van, we headed for Zabljak, the main town for Durmitor National Park.The 4 hour drive was worth it as the mountains are stunning. The campsite is on a hill with clear views of the surrounding mountains. Our four days of walking began with a walk and a swim round the Black Lake. Then followed by a two hour walk to a ski centre where we took the ski lifts to the height of 2286m on top of Savin Kuk. The views are amazing except we could see and hear the thunder storms coming in. We didn't even have a chance to finish our usual mountain top picnic when both of us could feel the electricity from the nearby storm. Scary, all the hairs in my body stood up as I felt a mild electic shock. Marja had an electric shock in the back of her neck. We panicked...the only thing to do was to run down 200 metres of the mountain to the ski lift. As we were the only tourists on the mountain the attendant at the chair lift came back down with us. The storm eventually caught up with us towards the end of the 20 min ride down. We hung out in the restaurant drying off until the ski lift attendant offered us a lift back into town in his 1970's Land Rover. He has become one of the many people that have confirmed just how friendly the people are in the former Yugoslava countries. The next day we hiked for over 8 hours on a ridge walk that took us over 4 mountain peaks, all between 2200 and 2338 high. The last day here we spent trekking up to Bobotov Kuk, the highest mountain in Montenegro at an altitude of 2523. The last 1.5 hours to the peak was tough and steep but worth it. The sky were clear so we had an awesome view of the mountains and surrounding countries. The five days we spent here have been one of the best highlights on this trip for us. The drive from Zabljak to the border of Bosnia&Herzegovina took us round and through the south part of the Durmitor NP with views that made us just smile at each other.
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sueoreilly
sueoreilly on

oh no!
I cant believe you are up those mountains! did you put them pictures on there on purpose to upset me?

They are making me feel sick! now get down and dont go back up again!

love you x

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