And still going…

An extremely brief stop in Montenegro. Equally beautiful as Croatia but seems to not be taking advantage of the fact, so there are practically no tourists (flipside: the historic sites are not nearly as well cared for).

Near Kotor, a site smilar to Dubrovnik:

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Podgorica, possibly the quietest capitol city ever, but lots of nice pedestrian spaces…that are basicslly empty…:

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And below, Kosovo. Incredibly friendly place – for once a country in Europe where hardly anyone speaks English (everyone wanted to speak German to me), but we played charades and everyone was happy! The capitol is also full of very hip people and restaurants, even if it is 75% under construction and dusty.

The capitol, Prishtinë:

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(no one in Seattle should ever complain about our public library building again…)

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Gadimë, where there is a big cave to wander through – the guides point out formations that look like various things…

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(the bottom part is an eagle, and the hole in the middle is a “map of Kosovo”)

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(elephant head!)

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And finally, Pejë. I went here basically just to see the Saturday cheese market, where farmers bring their goat cheese every weekend as part of what is a larger produce/dried good/ clothing (nowhere will you see so many adidas sweatsuits for sale as in the Balkans, I swear)/ random stuff market. I’ll be honest, my guidebook said “follow your nose” to find it, but when that failed I just follwed the elderly ladies clutching purses and that served me pretty well. Once I got there it did smell very strongly of fresh goat cheese, though!

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(these guys insisted I take a picture of their flour…I couldn’t tell if they were making fun of me for taking pictures of food, or if they really wanted me to take a photo, but either way they are now immortalized on a blog…)

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2 responses to “And still going…

  1. marywilde nelson

    What beautiful blue sky and water! And finally a place in Europe that appreciates the USA! mw

  2. The approach to Kotor via ship is stunning. Did you see the monastary on the island at the entrance to the fjord? Montenegro has only been independent since June of 2006 and Kosovo since 2008 so they are probably still in the process of developing tourism. I thought there were a lot of Russian financed beach resorts in Montenegro though. From what I understand, Kotor and many of the coastal ports were part of Venice–hence the similarity to Dubrovnik.

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