Historic Montenegro Part 3: The Old Royal Capital of Cetinje

If you’re following our journey through historic Montenegro and the life of Njegoš, you’ve now come to the third and final part of this series. If you missed them, you can read Part One and Part Two before you delve into this one. We made our way down from the summit of Mount Lovcen and through the mountains, winding up in the old royal capital city of Cetinje. Founded over 500 years ago,...

Historic Montenegro Part 2: The Summit of Mount Lovcen

If you are just arriving, please read Part 1: The Village of Njeguši. If you don’t feel like it or already read it, welcome to part two of our post about historic Montenegro. Woo-hoo! Historians, we are not. (Love history.) Politicizers, we are also not. (Hate politics.) This is the story as we have it and we experienced it, so please don’t get all bent out of shape if you think someone is...

Historic Montenegro Part 1: The Village of Njeguši

All of Montenegro is historic. Just as most nations and places have vast history that we know and don’t know, the nation of Montenegro is filled with historic sites, amazing stories, and breathtaking natural splendor. (See here, here, and here for the tip of the iceberg.) This particular road trip traces some of that history and the story of 19th-century statesman, bishop, poet, nationalist,...

Masline: The Olive Harvest in Luštica, Montenegro

As you hopefully know from previous posts, we had a fantastic experience in Luštica, Montenegro. If you don’t know about it, you can read our post on Luštica here. Situated between the Bay of Kotor and Adriatic Sea, Luštica is a peninsula known for its olive groves, cheese production, and spectacular beaches. It’s currently home to many small villages, but the south side is being developed...

Day Trip: A Jaunt to Kotor, Montenegro

If you know one thing about Montenegro, it’s probably the Bay of Kotor. And if you are a reader of our site, you know that we’ve spent quite a lot of time here, based in the town of Herceg Novi. While that town is our favorite, the ‘flagship’ city of this area is Kotor. It is part of the local UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a very popular destination for cruise ships. I personally...

Putting in Work: Harvesting Pomegranates in Montenegro

I’ll admit it: I’ve never been one for pomegranates. I’m the kid who grew up in the 80s, eating “typical” fruits of American children. Apples, bananas, oranges, grapes, etc. I was a picky eater for a very large portion of my life, and that meant I didn’t really want to be adventurous with my fruits and vegetables, either. Exotic for me was fresh pineapple or the occasional kiwi. ...

A Regional Tradition: Making Rakija in Mojdež, Montenegro

In the U.S., they call it moonshine. My favorite nickname for it is White Lightning. You know, distilled spirits, made without a license, untaxed, and very illegal in America. Regardless, distilling one's own alcohol is a distinct part of American history that no doubt goes back to our European ancestors, bound in Appalachian folklore and glamorized (totally not the right word) in History Channel...

Herceg Novi, Montenegro: A Visit to the Savina Monastery

As we all (hopefully) know, oftentimes there’s something wonderful to see right around the corner from your domicile. Like Ferris Bueller said, “If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” He was talking about life in general, but I like to use that as justification for snooping around corners and taking the road less-traveled. Just because you can’t take a...

A Day Trip: Luštica Peninsula, Montenegro

There’s no point in trying to be humble about it. You’ve already seen the views from our place in Montenegro, and we’ve already pointed out to you in enough photos how glorious these views are. And when you look out from our balcony, you’ll always see a strip of land across the water. That land is called Luštica. It’s a peninsula that juts out from the mainland, flanked on one side...

A Road Trip: Montenegro to Serbia and Back Again

And so it was. We were blessed to be invited on a road trip to the town of Zlatibor, Serbia, where we’d meet up with the family of our landlord and relax for a couple of days. This would be New Country Day for us, as we’d never been to Serbia. We jumped in the car and headed out, knowing that we’d be treated to some wonderful sights along the way. The landscape of Montenegro is something...