Montenegro – Footloose In Bar


They say the only reason to come to Bar is to use the city as a base for visiting the fascinating ruins of Stari Bar (Old Bar) in the mountains behind. For me, the real reason is the celebrated Bar to Belgrade railway, one of Europe’s most spectacular train rides.   Getting There The modern town…

Montenegro – Up & Down Kotor Bay


There can’t be many places as beautiful as Kotor Bay. One sunny summer morning we hired a boat for the day and sailed from Krašići to the top of the bay, stopping to swim in the Blue Cave, explore old Yugoslav navy submarine tunnels and eat a slow lunch at a lovely, isolated cafe in…

A Day In Dubrovnik


  “Regardless of whether you are visiting Dubrovnik for the first time or the hundredth, the sense of awe never fails to descend when you set eyes on the beauty of the old town. Indeed it’s hard to imagine anyone becoming jaded by the city’s limestone streets, baroque buildings and the endless shimmer of the…

Montenegro – 3. A Day In Kotor


  “Wedged between brooding mountains and a moody corner of the bay, the achingly atmospheric Kotor is perfectly at one with its setting. Hemmed in by staunch walls snaking improbably up the surrounding slopes, the town is a medieval maze of museums, churches, cafe-strewn squares and Venetian palaces and pillories. It’s a dramatic and delightful…

Montenegro – 2. A Day On The Beach


  Beach? There are no sandy beaches along the entire 107.3 km shoreline of Kotor Bay that I know of. Rocky mountain sides dip straight and deep in to the azure sea and ‘beaches’ are either man made gravelly areas or concrete promenades with umbrellas and sun beds. The ‘beach’ below the Volat 2 Cafe in Kracisi is…

Montenegro – 1. Road To Kracisi


The taxi came at 3 in the morning. We drove through the quiet City and sped along the A23 to Gatwick. Dawn was breaking and it started to drizzle. At Gatwick Airport, bags were dropped off and we checked ourselves in for the 06.35 EasyJet flight to Tivat. Crisp croissants and black coffee were had…