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Saturday, May 25, 2019


Montenegro: Milan's Baptism

In the morning Nada and me went on a walk to Sveti Stefan, an island connected to mainland by a narrow tombolo and afterwards it was time for a family gathering. Nada's family increased a while ago and today the new member Milan got baptized. We had a nice ceremony inside the Praskvica Monastery complex, in Saint Nicholas church, followed by a feast in the village of Rafailoviči.

Morning walk along the coast from Rafailoviči to Sveti Stefan

Once the summer residence of Queen Marija Karađorđević, Villa Miločer  overlooks The Miločer beach, known as the Royal Beach.

Treasure hunt with the view

The earliest record of Sveti Stefan is as the capital city of the Paštrovići community, which became a protectorate of the Republic of Venice in 1423, having been independent since the twelfth century. The Paštrovići accepted Venetian sovereignty because they were fearful of attack from the Turks. They retained considerable autonomy and paid no tribute to Venice, in return for ceasing piracy against Venetian ships.

According to a legend recounted by Stjepan Mitrov Ljubiša, the town fortification was funded after Paštrovići looted Turkish ships moored in front of Jaz beach during Barbarossa's siege of Kotor in 1539. The town was razed shortly after, during the Fourth Ottoman-Venetian War. After continuous pleas by Paštrovići, the Venetian Republic agreed to rebuild it in the 16th century. In the 15th century, the fortified village was built to defend against the Turks and became a haven for pirates of the Adriatic.

Initially, the island with its fortress had 12 families. In the 1800s, a village was established on the island with a population of about 400 people. The population of the island declined in the first half of the twentieth century, as residents left to join the armed forces or to move overseas. From 400 inhabitants in the nineteenth century, there were just 20 remaining by 1954. The Communist Yugoslav authorities converted it into a luxury hotel and moved the remaining inhabitants to the mainland, and the island village became an exclusive resort frequented by high-profile elites of the world.

Pržno beach is located in a former fishing village.

Domestic beer from Trebjesa brewery - Nikšičko pivo

Crossing the bridge

Returning back

Milan got baptized in Saint Nicholas church in Praskvica Monastery. The name of the monastery is taken from the peach-scented water of the nearby spring (praskva, diminutive praskvica, meaning a "peach").

One big happy family

Let the party begin

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Gallotia Mystery", TB7372G, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN):
- Sveti Stefan, GC2Y961
- Layered rocks of / Слојевити стијене Rafailovici, EarthCache, GC6PRAR

Friday, May 24, 2019


Montenegro: Riding from Slovenia to Montenegro, Day 5

I gave myself a present of a free week and decided to use it for cycling. My goal was to cycle from my home country to Montenegro.

Since I arrived to my destination country yesterday, today I just needed to continue to Budva. It could've been an easy ride, but I decided to make a detour over Lovćen and Cetinje. Cycling uphill from sea level to 1600 meters a.m.s.l. wasn't easy, but it was wort it because of the views and the way back to the valley. In Budva it was all over and the rehabilitation could begin.

Previous days of the bike trip: Day 4Day 3Day 2 and Day 1.

Our room in Kotor

The old Mediterranean port of Kotor is surrounded by fortifications built during the Venetian period. It is located on the Bay of Kotor (Boka Kotorska), one of the most indented parts of the Adriatic Sea. Some have called it the southern-most fjord in Europe, but it is a ria, a submerged river canyon. Together with the nearly overhanging limestone cliffs of Orjen and Lovćen, Kotor and its surrounding area form an impressive landscape.

View to Kotor and Bay of Kotor, also known simply as Boka

"Metliška črnina" doing the most challenging part of the road, a 8.3km stretch with 16 hairpin turns called Kotor Serpentine. It’s one of the most famous hairpinned roads in the world.

On the way up I visited a cave, used by smugglers, and then continued on a brand new road towards the peak.

Deep inside Lovćen National Park

Štirovnik, 1749 m,  the highest peak in the park

Too fast on the corner, uphill off course

View form Jezerski vrh, 1657 m, to Štirovnik

Flag of Montenegro, a red banner with broader golden edges all around the red field with the coat of arms of Montenegro in its center.

On top of Jezerski vrh with my bike. We both did a great job.

The biggest and most important monument of Lovćen national park is Petar Petrović Njegoš's Mausoleum constructed in 1971. The location for his burial place and the mausoleum at the summit of Jezerski vrh was chosen by Njegoš himself as his last wish.

Leaving Lovćen park was a poem

Blue Palace or Plavi Dvorac was built as the heir's palace in Cetinje, the Royal Capital of Montenegro. Today it is the residence of President of Montenegro.

Nada and Angie catch up just outside of Cetinje

Montenegro adventure coming to an end

New T-shirts

Enjoying the sunset in Budva

Official end of 5 days cycling

From Slovenia to Montenegro, day 3 - 245 km

5 days of cycling

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Gallotia Mystery", TB7372G, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN):
- After 25 curves, GC7CT8N
- Petar II. Petrović-Njegoš, GC563X9
- Mausoleum of Njegoš, GC3WAGE
- Cetinje Manastir, GC563PR

Thursday, May 23, 2019


Croatia / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro: Riding from Slovenia to Montenegro, Day 4

I gave myself a present of a free week and decided to use it for cycling. My goal was to cycle from my home country to Montenegro.

I advanced faster than planned, so my plan for today was to reach Montenegro. Nada also started with her driving, so we decided to met somewhere on the way and decide where we would spend the night. My riding led me over Neretva river to Bosnia and Herzegovina, through the city of Neum. I returned back to Croatia and continued above touristic Dubrovnik, where buses were dragging tourists to numerous touristic points. Luckily that crowded section was short. Soon Nada and me met. Quick stop, and we had a plan. We set a meeting point for dinner in Herceg Novi and a final destination in Kotor.

Previous days of the bike trip: Day 3Day 2 and Day 1.

Chapel with a sea view

Short stop outside Gradac

Heading towards Ploče

Neretva Delta

Crossing the Neretva river

Above Neretva Delta, a unique landscape in southern Croatia, and a wetland that is listed under the Ramsar Convention as internationally important, as the wetland extends into the Hutovo Blato in Herzegovina.

Entering Bosnia and Herzegovina and the coastal city of Neum

View to Šipan, the largest of the Elaphiti Islands.

Trsteno is most famous for its arboretum, is the oldest arboretum in this part of the world. The pride of the arboretum, two Oriental Planes located on the central market place of Trsteno, are over 500 years old and are unique specimens of its kind in Europe.

View to Dubrovnik with the Franjo Tuđman Bridge

My road bike "Metliška Črnina" above Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik, one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea. Lately it has been occupied by the fans of the Game of Thrones series, that was filmed here.

My ass needed a long break, well it gets a short one

The meeting point before the border with Montenegro

Welcome to Montenegro. After 4 days I reached my destination.

Washed my hands too much.

Dinner time in Herceg Novi

View over Bay of Kotor to the city of Perast

According to the presumptions of the archaeologists, the first settlements appeared in the area of Perast in the Neolithic. There are also monuments of the Illyrian, Roman and early Christian periods. The city was founded by the Illyrians, named after one of the local tribes - Pirusti.

From Slovenia to Montenegro, day 3 - 245 km

GeoCaches found (all received a visit by trackable items "Siebasiach's Figure Eight Geocoin", TB735HE, "Gallotia Mystery", TB7372G, "Sanban s1", TB42DJW and "Julia ud Zweeenes 100000 Caches", TB35GHN):
- Beautiful place near the sea, GC7BVD6
- Bye bye Gradac, GC76MMV
- Um paraíso chamado Neum, GC62VPQ
- A Quick Stop, GC4JRJN
- Bridge with two names - Dubrovnik, GC5BV3E
- Sv. Nikola - krajputaš, Župa Dubrovačka, GC5BR5H
- Beautiful view of Perast, GC7CT7G
- Perast, GC45FW7