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Hurrying through Herceg Novi

We got the same taxi driver in the morning to the airport only this time it was her husband, he offered us all sweets and gave me a packet of pretzel sticks.

He dropped us off and the others went in to departures, I hung about for Sarah to arrive and our taxi driver was there waiting for the horde of Brits to arrive and require taxis. After a weird conversation with him and then his wife on the phone, we managed to understand each other enough to organise a taxi to Herceg Novi for around 40E. As there were no buses for ages this seemed like the best bet. 

I met Sarah off the flight, relieved that she had finally made it and we waited for Nickola to get the car, we caught up on the way, enjoying the scenery and the ferry. Arriving at Herceg Novi we bade farewell to our driver. He had been so nice to us and even with limited communication had really tried and succeeded in being helpful. Something we noticed all people from the Balkans would be like. 

Herceg Novi is another coastal town in Montenegro with fortified walls surrounding the town.  It was a bit of a rush visit as we were continuing on to Dubrovnik from here but we had a few hours to sight-see. 

We had a wander round the town, aiming to head towards the coast and find somewhere to eat. We walked through the old gate and down some steps and came upon the main part of the fortifications. 

We walked past an impressive looking church and down to the sea, here there were lots of people wandering up and down a promenade with lots of restaurants lining it. We stopped off at a pizza place and had super cheap pizza in a place called popeye’s. 

After our food we wandered up the promenade past beaches and big concrete expanses which I’m not quite sure what purpose they had. After walking for a while we decided to stop and sit on some rocks looking out over the gorgeous scenery and look for fish, crabs etc 

After sunning ourselves for a bit we wandered for a bit longer but it began to turn into resort type hotels so we turned back, grabbed some ice cream and sat on the beach enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Since we had walked one direction already we decided to head off into the opposite direction. Here we discovered loads of old ruins and parts of the walls that had slipped into the sea. 

It was really cool and we loved exploring the old ruins, the rest of the promenade looked uninteresting in that direction so we wandered back up the steps….after lugging our backpacks in the hot sun we needed a drink so we stopped at a little place on the way back up to the main road and got a beer and some water. 

Timing was perfect so we relaxed for an hour then finished the journey back to the main rd, bought our bus tickets and then stood anxiously waiting for the bus. I had a feeling it would be late but it was always in the back of our mind that it was one of the many buses that had sped past or wasn’t going to turn up. 40 minutes later it turned up and we had a nice journey, saying goodbye to Montenegro, a gorgeous country with dramatic vistas that i would definitely go back too. 

Border control took a while, and it was weird to see how they treated the Albanian and Turkish guys on the bus. After a bit of a nap we emerged from the mountains with the coast in front of us and Dubrovnik was round the corner. It had taken us around 2/3 hours on the bus and we were finally there! 

Unfortunately the bus sped past the old town and another 5-10 minutes later we were at the bus station. Luckily it was easy to grab a taxi for 10E. Dubrovnik is such an incredibly beautiful place, lots of pristine white walls and passages, the floor stones shine from the use they’ve had. 

Our accommodation was based right at the top of the walled town, easy to find as we just headed up the steps, downside was having to go up and down those steps everytime. Though it was good for our calorie count! Our lovely little Croatian host at Kazerma hotel showed us to the room, which was basic but clean and the shower was great. It was also very cheap…and lucky for us it was also right by Buza bar…a well rated place to watch the sunset from. 

We managed to bag ourselves a seat looking right over the coast, ordered a couple of beers and sat watching swallows dip and glide around us. It’s amazing to sit there and watch the horizon change colours and see boats trundle past. 

Once the sun had gone down it was getting cold so we nipped back to the room to grab some warmer clothes and descended into the city. There are a few nice looking churches dotted around the place but I think that the whole of it is really pretty, we were on the lookout for food and discovered that by going out of the walls and onto the marina, we saved a tonne. 

We stopped off at this little place that did a fish platter and grabbed a couple of beers while we waited. 

It was a lovely setting and the food was ace, huge prawns, swordfish, mackerel, squid and mussels. It all tasted delicious although the whole baby squids were a little difficult to navigate without just throwing the whole thing down your neck (which is what you’re probably meant to do). 

Once we had finished every last bit off we walked around the marina which was nice and we continued to wander round the city, going back through one of the gates. 

We were knackered from the busy day and decided to go back to the hotel ready to see as much of Dubrovnik as possible the next day. 

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