This year I treated myself with a short trekking trip to the mountainous region of
Montenegro called Durmitor. It is a national park in the northwestern part of that country and its highest peak, Bobotov Kuk, reaches a height of 2,523 meters. Durmitor also features 18 glacial lakes, scattered over mountain massif, the most popular Black Lake (Crno Jezero) among them. As you can guess it is very scenic, especially if the weather is nice.
Unfortunately we weren’t very lucky when it comes to the weather. There was a lot of sun – but for one day only. After that it started to rain and when it rains in Durmitor it simply pours. The biggest town in the area is, after all, called Žabljak because of those lovely frogs and toads…Anyway heavy rains put the kibosh on many of the activities scheduled for the trip because wet stones and tree roots plus wet clay are slippery and dangerous.
When the weather prevented us from exploring the mountains and climb different peaks
we went to Kotor, a very old port positioned on the south. Kotor is basically one big history lesson. Located in a secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea, it’s been one of those rare places inhabited by humans practically since forever. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe, but in reality it is a ria, a submerged river canyon – a very convenient place for trade. It saw ancient Greeks, Illyrians, Romans,
Byzantines and Turks; it saw Napoleon’s army, Austrians and Venetians. It was actually a part of the Venetian Republic for some time and still features typical Italian architecture along with an ancient fortress built high on the mountain of St. John. Of course I had to go there and explore a bit – the hike was quite a challenge but the views were definitely worth the effort. As soon as we went down back to the low town, it started to rain. Nobody minded – Kotor enjoys humid subtropical climate, it is a town where palms, opuntias and pomegranate trees grow along the streets so a bit of cooling rain was more than welcome!
Now you can ask: Ana, where are your photos? Unfortunately my camera had an accident and currently is being repaired. Perhaps the photos will be available somewhere in the future, perhaps not. For now on just one shot, courtesy of my brother who accompanied me on this trip.