Montenegro was the vacation from our vacation. We had nothing planned, no one to see and nothing beyond “eat seafood” on our agenda. While travelling this leisurely would’ve bothered me if it had been our whole trip, by Montenegro, I was ready for it. Coupled with the fact that I had barely heard of the country before this and it was stinking hot, I was more than happy to spend the majority of our last few days doing next to nothing.
And “nothing” turned out to be walking along the water from Igalo Beach (where our apartment was) to Herceg Novi, exploring the Old City and fort walls, reading on the beach, searching every open store for postcards and eating seafood at least once a day. Most of that seafood came from Nautilus, a restaurant we frequented far too often for a five-day trip; the waitress recognized us and remembered our orders.
We did stray a little farther from “nothing” to spend one of our Montenegrin days out on a boat visiting different islands. We had hoped to go on a tour boat but since it was pre-season, we ended up chartering a little (extremely tiny) boat of our own. We made stops at the Blue Cave, to see the luminescent blue waters, Mamula, where the old prison used to be, Zajinc, to lunch on fresh fish over the crystal waters and Rose, where our driver (captain?) found us a little private beach. It was a beautiful day and a great way to explore a little more of Montenegro.
After five days of good food and relaxation, we started the long trek (cab, bus, cab, plane, bus, cab) back to London. As documented in my previous post, London was the end of Moo & Boo time and the start of my 5th London adventure with new friends.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for a more awesome month-long trip with one of my favourite travel companions. We got to do it all: re-visit old haunts, show off my new home, discover new cities, eat well and laugh a lot. It’s been a while since I’ve had that much uninterrupted time with my mom. And while we did get on each other’s nerves a bit, we made up for it with all of the amazing moments and incredible memories made in 28 days adventuring around Europe!