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Holiday in the Balkans (8): Stari Bar and Lake Skadar

October 12th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Our last day (Saturday) in Montenegro was another long excursion, starting at 9 am and concluding at 7.15 pm. Our first visit was to a local family operation for producing olive oil from their olive trees. Our guide described the “smashing” of the olives to create the oil.  Then we made a longer visit to […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (7): Kotor

October 11th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Yesterday we viewed the Bay of Kotor from high up in the surrounding mountains, but today (Friday) we took a boat ride on the Bay and spent some time in Kotor itself. The whole bay area including the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it really is a magnificent location.  The coach ride […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (6): Cetinje & Njegusi

October 10th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Another day (Thursday), another excursion – but shorter this time (9 am – 3.15 pm). We started with our first experience of rain but the weather soon brightened up and then became warm (22C).  Our first destination was the charming town of Cetinje. This was founded in the 1480s and it was Montenegro’s capital for […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (5): Albania

October 9th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

It was another long but interesting day (Wednesday) with collection from the hotel in Petrovac at 8 am and return towards 6 pm. It was a day of two halves: one in southern Montenegro and one in northern Albania.  So the morning involved time in the nearby town of Ulcinj. This is the southern-most town […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (4): forest and monastery

October 8th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Tuesday in Montenegro started in Kolasin in the mountains in early morning when it was just 4C and ended in Petrovac on the coast where it was a balmy 22C. First we visited the National Park of Biogradska Gora which is one of only three primeval forests in Europe.  The trees here are around four […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (3): Serbia to Montenegro

October 7th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

Day three (Monday) of our Balkans trip was totally a travelling day – a train journey of almost nine hours (9 am till 5.40 pm) from Belgrade in Serbia to Kolasin in Montenegro with a short passage through a bit of Bosnia-Herzegovina. It was not that the distance travelled was so great, but that the […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (2): Belgrade

October 6th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

On the first full day of our Balkans holiday (Sunday), the Voyages Jules Verne group – 18 of us in all – were taken on a four-hour (9 am – 1 pm) tour of a few major Belgrade sights by local guide Dana.   First stop was the ruins of the Belgrade or Kalemegdan Fortress overlooking […]

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Holiday in the Balkans (1): arrival

October 5th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

What we knew as Yugoslavia from 1918 to 1992 broke up into what are now seven separate nations.  I have previously visited two of them – Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia – and on this holiday I will be visiting two more – Serbia and Montenegro – with a quick look inside next-door Albania. This will bring […]

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Visit to Iceland (4): South Coast Adventure

September 27th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

On our third and final full day in Iceland, Silvia and I left our hotel at 8.30 am and only returned at 7 pm as we went on an organised tour called the South Shore Adventure, a round trip of some 400 km involving five stops. The weather was so unseasonably pleasant that our female […]

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Visit to Iceland (3): Reykjavik

September 26th, 2019 by Roger Darlington

On our second full day in Iceland, we spent the day in the capital Reykjavik (the name means “smokey bay”) which is the most northern capital in the world. There are many walking tours on offer, most of them expensive, but we selected City Walk which is “free” (at the end, you donate what you […]

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