A day trip from Dubrovnik
21.08.2012 - 21.08.2012
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On our second day in Dubrovnik we went on a day trip to Montenegro. We got to see Kotor and Budva, which are both very nice. Kotor is a lot like the other towns we’ve been seeing, very old and fortified. We only had a short time there, but there’s a fort at the top of 1600 stairs that we’d love to go back and (try) to see. We were also in Budva, which is a beautiful city on the coast. It also has an old section, but it’s not as big as any of the other towns we’ve seen so far. The city walls are also not as prominent, but it never gets boring wandering through thousand year old stone alleys. I still find it weird that there are just cafes and shops in these old forts, some of them are thousands of years old. I guess the buildings needed to eventually get re-purposed. We also had time to get to a beach in Budva, which was amazing. It was a little more crowded than the ones in Dubrovnik, but not so bad you couldn’t get out for a swim.
After Budva we headed back to Dubrovnik. It’s only about 100 km, but the ride takes almost 3 hours because the roads wind up and down mountains, or don’t exist in some parts. We were driving on an unpaved gravel road for about 20 minutes, but the driver assured us that this “new” road is much better than the old one, which is only one lane through the woods, but not one way! The ride was pretty crazy in some places, there are lots of roads on the very edge of cliffs where you can look over and see the rusted remains of cars. Luckily we made it back safely though and then headed out back into the old town in Dubrovnik after getting cleaned up. We went to the same restaurant where we were on the first day to listen to another jazz band and called it a night.