This is our Taste of Orvieto week, so it’s all about food. So a bit of a sampling. (http://www.adventuresinitaly.net/taste-orvieto.html)
This is just a monumentally beautiful landscape with some pretty decent man made things thrown in!
It has been mostly cloudy, giving us moody days. The sun has poked through on occasion, however, spotlighting things.
We can see Perast from our apartment, but this view is from the water on a boat taking us to Madonna of the Rocks which occupies all of a small island in the bay.
Below views from the island.
We left Dubrovnik yesterday morning just beating the mobs of crowds that were pouring in. A nice city, it is swamped with tourists. We made the beautiful drive along the Adriatic coast back into Montenegro and the bay of Kotor.
The bay is described by some as the southernmost fjord in Europe and by others as a submerged river gorge. Whatever it is, it’s beautiful!
Above looking through the narrow opening that leads to Kotor and below looking from Kotor back.
This is what we found on our arrival!!
The ship below right, absolutely dwarfs the Venetian era fort, below left. The ship rises up 6 stories from the bow.
Another mobbed city! But again, a beautiful place with stunning setting.
The Venetians were incredible in the forts they built up steep mountainsides for defense. We’ve seen another example in Nafplio, Greece. Seaside fort in the foreground with forts and walls climbing the mountain. Also a church up there on the hill.
Blissfully, that tour boat pulled out about 6 p.m. and we had a beautiful dinner at one of the many nice restaurants.
Our accommodations were a bit skanky, so we decided to find something nicer and to get away from the crowds. We are now happily ensconced in a seaside apartment, 20 minutes from Kotor, with these views.
As we drove out we encountered this fellow lumbering into the bay, confirming our decision to get away.
And have been rewarded with this strange rainbow.
Back into town this evening to enjoy a decidedly interesting city and more good food.
We flew from Rome to Podgorica, Montenegro where we got a car. The fight in was something with these rustic, rustic mountains as we flew in to Podgorica.
We traveled into downtown Podgorica. It had the hallmark look of Soviet era architecture – rough, cold concrete. Had lunch where the waiter proudly served his specialty – smoked salmon with big hunks of feta and an oil/lemon sauce.
From there it was through the mountains into Bosnia – Herzegovina. The Montenegro side was tough looking with lots of roofless, empty buildings making us wonder if they were a result of the war. When we got to Bosnia the landscape was transformed – beautiful, well maintained.
We came out of a gorge into the town of Trebinje. It is a place I’d like to explore sometime, but we didn’t have time. On to Dubrovnik. This was the first view of the Adriatic.
And of Dubrovnik
Quite the setting, and charming travel companions!!
Our wonderful hosts took us to their free parking and we had a nice long walk back through the city – a little exercise after a day of seated travel.
Couldn’t have timed this boat’s passage any better.
Melissa Harris’s watercolor week just finished. I always stand in amazement of what is produced and the individuality of each artist. Wish I could do this!!
For the first time in dozens of visits to Palazzone over 13 years we had rain. It is still beautiful! The grape harvest is done and they were mixing the red juice to push the skins down to help in developing the color. To aid the process juice and skins are let out of the bottom and then put back in the top of the stainless steel container.
Sun this morning and a rally in front of the Duomo. Porsche, Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini.
Having coffee at Febo.