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Exceptional Houston Time

As one of the largest cities in the U.S., Houston doesn’t lack exclusive entertainment or cultural and educational sites. This is a city nationally recognized for historical Space Center, fantastic and growing art scene, and family-friendly outdoor attractions.

Be sure to check out this Houston Travel Guide to ensure that you are staying at one of the best hotels in Houston as you plan your trip. Then keep reading to find attractions you won’t want to miss for an exceptional Houston trip.

NASA Space Center

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How many cities across the nation can brag that they have the NASA Space flight and space centers? Only a rare few. Houston became synonymous with National Aeronautics due to its Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center and Space Center Houston. As the supreme center for NASA’s human spaceflight programs, since the Gemini IV flight in 1965, the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC) successfully pursued a mission to explore the space providing the first-class astronauts.

At the same time, visiting Space Center Houston is an opportunity of a lifetime, not only to experience but also to learn about all wonders of space from real NASA astronauts and simulations of their missions. Visit the shuttle replica, Independence, seated on top of the historic and original NASA 905 shuttle carrier aircraft, or start the journey with Mission Mars virtual tour and exhibit.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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The great thing about The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the fact that if you are an art lover, it is a world-class museum, and if you’re not, you can also delve into it and have the time of your life. The place consists of 19 museums and more than 65,000 displayed works of art, representing different cultures and art collections from ancient to modern art, and presumably everything in between.

In addition to the permanent collections they accompany, some of the interesting touring exhibits are The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, Pixel Forest, Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism 1910–1950, and many other worthy of your time. So keep an eye on the promos of this fascinating place.

The Cockrell Butterfly Center

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As a part of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, The Cockrell Butterfly Center is a true living butterfly habitat and memorable place for family entertainment. Learn about amazing bug species and butterfly life-cycle. A variety of beautiful butterflies flying around the area make you feel like you are in a fairy tale land; maybe you’ll be lucky enough and they’ll land on you! Kids love doing interactive games and quizzes offered at the center.

Also, at the Cockrell Butterfly Center is a simulated tropical rain forest where you can enter three-story glass structure built around a 50-foot waterfall. Plenty of exotic plants and hundreds of gorgeous live butterflies imported from around the world, found their home here.

Houston Street Art

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City of Houston is heaven for the street art. Each corner of the city, even the smallest neighborhoods, has its own recognizable artistic style and a unique story. There are giant murals, colorful mini murals, and striking culture graffiti. Some of these vibrant works of street art are permanent, and you can see them at any time, but others may be replaced tomorrow, so check them out right the way.

It would take a plethora of time to get around all buildings, stairwells, train car,s and bridges decorated with public art. Spend a day taking some awesome shots and getting to know artists of the murals in Montrose, The Heights, East Downtown, and Midtown.

Houston adventures offer something new each time making tourists come back for more unforgettable moments.

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Artistic and Archaeological Riches of Montenegro

Montenegro has a tradition of art going back to prehistory, as testified to by the archaeological finds of paintings by prehistoric man in Lipci near Risan dating to the 8th century BC. The drawing represents a deer hunt, and also features a symbol of the rising sun and others. Another drawing has been discovered on a stone tablet in the Prokletije mountains in the north of Montenegro, depicting a prehistoric man and a wolf.

The Crvena Stijena (Red Rock) site in Petrovići is around 30km from Nikšić and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Remains from the Middle Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze ages have been found here, and are highly significant, testifying to the beginnings of life not just in this part of Montenegro but on the planet as a whole. For many years, local and foreign expeditions have been coming to this unique and internationally significant site. More than 26,000 items from the time of prehistoric man have been excavated here. A great many items used in everyday life have been discovered, such as for the procurement and preparation of food, but also non-utilitarian items. These include handmade stone items, snails and shells, as well as ceramic vessels.

The numerous medieval fortresses in Montenegro are an art-form in their own right. They feature Byzantine, Romanic, Gothic and Baroque construction styles, as well as stone forms and paintings. Through the ages these fortresses have played a military and feudal role, or were built as town fortifications. They are built of stone and feature surrounding walls and towers. These fascinating structures were raised in numerous coastal towns, where Illyrian, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Spanish influences predominate, such as in Bar, Ulcinj, Herceg Novi, Budva, Kotor, Risan, Perast, as well as in the north of Montenegro: Rijeka Crnojevića, Podgorica and the Lake Skadar area.

The National Museum at Cetinje includes: King Nikola’s Museum, the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, the birth house of Njegoš, the Njegoš Mausoleum on Lovćen, Bishop Danilo’s Mausoleum on Orlov Krš, the Art Museum together with the Dado Đurić Contemporary Art Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum and the newly-opened Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium.

The National Museum houses collections of weapons, medals, flags, crests, stamps, photographs, as well as archaeological, numismatic, ethnographic and applied art collections. There are also the residence and the chapel raised in honour of the secular and spiritual leader, poet and philosopher Petar II Petrović Njegoš. During the 1970s the Montenegro Art Museum was known as the Art Gallery, and houses some 3,000 exhibits, including some of the most important works in contemporary Yugoslav and Montenegrin fine art.

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Lipska Cave, a Geological Masterpiece

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If you are interested in how caves come to be and develop, and if you love to have fun exploring, then a visit to the Lipska Cave is just the activity for you. The Lipska Cave is the only cave in Montenegro that has been evaluated by caving experts and made safe for visitors. It is located only 5km from Cetinje, and is a chance to enjoy an array of channels, and geological, structural and water features. The system of 2.5km of passages, halls and galleries of karst features is a geological masterpiece of nature. Due to the river that flows through the cave, the dripping of water and the deposition of CaCO3, this cave is rich in many different types of cave formations, including stalactites and stalagmites, which make for a visually impressive experience.

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The Lipska Cave was discovered before the time of Prince Njegos, and there is written documentation by well-known researchers and scientists from the 19th century of the cave’s decorations and motifs. Interestingly, the Lipska Cave is connected to two other caves: the Cetinjska Cave by the Cetinjska Monastery, and the Obodska Cave near Rijeka Crnojevica.

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There have also been wine tastings in the cave, and in October visitors can enjoy discounts. The paths through the cave and the tours are suitable for children as well. If you are the adventurous type, but not quite an Indiana Jones, don’t worry, there are tours suited to every type of visitor. The Lipska Cave and all of its treasures can be explored in the company of trained guides.

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The Peek into the Cave tour lasts 45 minutes, during which you will walk a 400 m route and have the opportunity to take a look at the cave’s passageways and channels. The tour also includes a train ride. The Peek into the Cave tour is recommended for first-time visitors to the cave, and this tour is the best way to experience the magic of fascinating underground features and enjoy a visit to the best-known cave halls and the cave’s main channel.
Cave Adventure is a tour for the most daring visitors, who want to investigate the cave’s most hidden corners. Experiencing this tour in smaller groups helps intensify the experience and enjoyment of the cave’s beauty. In any case the most surreal moment is when you step off the main path and into the deepest part of the cave, where the cave is completely dark, and only lamps illuminate your path. The Cave Adventure tour includes a train ride and lasts a total of 100 minutes. 

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Do you want to prove yourself as a true explorer? Are you the bold type, who loves physical activity? Then you have chosen the right tour for you. The Cave Expedition can be tailored to your wants and needs descend into the cave by rope from the ceiling like a true explorer, and, together with a professional guide, visit every corner and lake and investigate them thoroughly. Setting off in search of a hidden trove of gold coins in the heart of the Lipska Cave is a truly unique feeling. The Cave Expedition tour lasts 2-3 hours, and can be adapted to suit the needs of families with children.
Cave opening hours:
OCTOBER – NOVEMBER

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Autumn and Montenegro Travel

Yellow, red and golden colors predominate in autumn, and why miss this magical time of year in Montenegro when it is perfect for experiencing adventure? The best time to travel is often said to be between September and November, and it is not different in Montenegro. The beautiful weather, the sunny days and the cool but still-mild evenings are perfect for 4×4 safaris, photo safaris, mountaineering or simply hiking the mountain trails, visiting cultural and historical sites with our tour guides or exploring bays and concealed beaches. Here you can bathe since the average temperature of the Adriatic Sea is still 23°C in October. For visitors who want to spend their days in complete relaxation of body and soul, we can recommend one of the spa and wellness hotels offering a variety of treatments, massages, saunas, refreshing pools or relaxation in a whirlpool bath in beautiful mountain or seaside surroundings.

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What are the advantages to traveling to Montenegro in autumn?Prices of flights and accommodation are lower.
Roads, cafes and restaurants are significantly less busy.
You can visit one of the numerous festivals and other cultural events in Montenegro.
You can tour several destinations, towns and visitor attractions when there are no crowds.
You can travel and spend time outside in light clothing, without the summer heat.
You can enjoy autumn foods and the fruits of the harvest.
You can best experience daily life and authentic local culture.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Best New York City Parks

New York is a cosmopolitan city that’s perfect for a visit any time of the year, especially because visitors of all ages and interests can enjoy more than 1,700 parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. Use this New York City guide for great ideas for spending a whole day in the city and check out NYC’s best parks below.

Central Park

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The history of Central Park dates back to 1871, when landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux created this iconic 843-acre gem. No matter what you’re in the mood for, the park offers hundreds of exceptional attractions for solo visitors or families. Don’t miss outstanding sights like Bethesda Fountain, the Belvedere Castle, alluring botanical gardens, and the many small lakes and bridges.

Try inspiring activities, such as renting a rowboat from the Loeb Boathouse, attending New York Symphony performances, and catching the summer Shakespeare festival at the park’s outdoor amphitheater. This isn’t a typical park that offers only amazing landscapes. Instead, Central Park is the ultimate cultural and entertainment spot in the largest city in the nation, and it’s open all year round.

Brooklyn Bridge Park

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Nestled along the East River in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre green oasis where you can play sports, have a picnic on the grass, roller skate, or have a nice walk along the waterfront trails. Every year, this park offers something new to the many visitors from around the world. Some possibilities include boating, fitness classes, basketball clinics, stargazing, history tours, movies, concerts, and author talks.

It’s a great place to visit any time of the year, as you can revel in all the free cultural, educational, and recreational happenings that the park offers. You can also explore two historic sites, the Civil War-era Empire Stores and the Tobacco Warehouse.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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As New York City’s second-largest park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park holds cultural and recreational surprises for adults and kids alike. The iconic Unisphere is an unbelievably large globe and a great photo opportunity. Situated next to it is a lovely cultural escape, the Queens Museum of Art.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park also has two big sports institutions, USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, which hosts the U.S. Open tennis tournament, and Citi Field, the home of New York Mets baseball team. Throughout the park, you’ll find plenty of green space to explore, as well as a lake for boating, a skate park, a picnic area, and an aquatic and hockey center.

Prospect Park

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Prospect Park is to Brooklyn as Central Park is to Manhattan. The two parks even share the same landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. In Prospect Park, you can barbecue and picnic, play baseball and softball, take one of the cultural or historical tours, or visit the Lefferts Historic House and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. You can also complete your day with bird-watching or boating to enjoy the 585 acres of nature to the fullest.

There are so many amazing parks in New York that attract millions of visitors every year. These four are the most outstanding, and they’re definitely worth your time during your next visit to New York.

 

Beautiful Night at Grandiose Mediterranean Villa Perast from the XV Century

1Renovated in 2016. Vila Perast is an exceptional 4-level house which is strikingly beautiful, absolutely charming and will tickle your fancy. The building’s original charm has been preserved and enhanced by the hotel’s sophisticated exterior design, and the Vila has preserved a characteristic in common with other houses in Perast: a broken base. The exterior walls are bonded exclusively with blunt and sharp corners because it is believed that this keeps evil spirits from entering. The contemporary and pleasant interior details of this Vila are a mix of stone and wood. It is a Mali hotel with the warmth and charm of a bed-and-breakfast. It is a heaven of tranquility caught somewhere between the sea and sky.

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3The ground floor is comprised of a magnificent entrance opening onto a spacious living area consisting of a contemporary kitchen fully equipped with modern appliances and a dining area spacious enough to fit a large dining table. Vila has a state-of-the-art entertainment system and this floor is also easily transformed into a beautiful, spacious entertainment room dedicated to art where you can find a trendy ambience and enjoy the special night. It is open to non-hotel guests as well. In front of the Vila there is a terrace, which has preserved the charm of the time period when it was originally built. It is suitable for a rest with a view of the bay shaded under an amazing Wisteria, which in Montenegro is often called “blue rain” – a grandiose climbing plant whose charm is difficult to resist. In front of this terrace you can enjoy a swim with Vila’s private access to the sea and move back to the terrace in the afternoon when swimming and the sun have drained your body of its endless reserves of pure pleasure.

4567The hotel has 19 different rooms, most of which have a sea view. As this bay enjoys more than 240 sunny days a year, you can enjoy the early sun’s warmth and how it angrily blisters the land as it rises from most of the rooms on the first and second floors in which ever season you choose to visit us. On the second floor there is also a shady, stone-clad terrace perfect for lounging during hot summer days. A few steps away there is a staircase leading one more floor up to the rooftop, where there are two hidden attics and a laundry room. Vila Perast allows you to feel the peace of this amazing, petite city, which excels in pride and dignity, and the architectural perfection of its Baroque palaces. It can allow you to feel its silence, calmness and simplicity. This is the perfect place where a caress of wind through the window, the smell of the sea and the sound of waves can awaken you. It may impress you so much that you forget about the hours, days, months, and other rags of time.

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Montenegro Dolphin Sailing Tour

On board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55, the Montenegro Dolphin Project will be guiding you in an adrenaline filled search and a lifetime opportunity to meet these magnificent creatures up close.

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Take part in something extraordinary – set sail on a 4-day eco-tourism voyage on board the ultimate world class cruising yacht, a Discovery 55. Together with the Montenegro Dolphin Project Team you will have the opportunity to:

  • Traverse the exquisite Montenegrin coastline
  • Discover sailing techniques in the Bay of Kotor
  • Explore offshore waters in search of dolphins
  • Observe migratory bird species in Ulcinj Solana
  • Enjoy engaging with our marine biologists through on-board conservation and research activities

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Montenegro’s first long-term cetacean research project

The Adriatic sea holds one of the richest cetacean habitats in the Mediterranean, but unfortunately these animals are classified as either at risk or data deficient and are subject to various anthropogenic threats such as habitat degradation, by-catch, marine traffic and pollution. Unlike many Adriatic countries, Montenegro lacks annual cetacean survey efforts. Dedicated and systematic research is needed to collect important data on cetacean species for their subsequent conservation. For these reasons we launched the very first annual study in Montenegrin coastal waters in order to investigate the cetaceans’ regional status and help support future conservation strategies. Further, the Montenegro Dolphin Project employes scientific outreach techniques to raise marine environmental awareness within the local community.

Delfine_im_Golf_von_Korinth,_GriechenlandFor more information about 8 hours Sailing Tour with Wild Dolphins and Marine Wildlife Expedition please contact us on info@montenegro.com.

Thank you for your support!

 

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A mountain-stay for all seasons

Located in the midst of the natural splendour of Northern Montenegro, Four Points by Sheraton Kolašin is accessible for 12-months of the year. Ideally located as the region’s up-and-coming winter ski resort, it is also a draw for those keen on hiking, fishing and cultural activities that prevail in the summer months. Newly opened, the hotel combines quality accommodation with intuitive service and welcome extras, attracting both local and international guests.

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The 72 chalet-style guestrooms and 15 larger suites provide the perfect base for an activity-packed adventure in the great outdoors. Rugged, wooden surfaces and cosy furniture create welcoming interiors, whilst the signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, dressed in 350-thread count sheets, set guests up for a great night’s sleep.

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Restaurants & Bars

From the upscale Blanche with its amazing view across the surrounding mountains, to the more informal Flame, where delicious, freshly-cooked pizzas are available for all the family. Best Brews™ offers guests the chance to quench their thirst after an active day, with a great choice of local brewed and international craft beers.

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Fitness & Spa

Whether it’s for après-ski or a summer break the contemporary spa is kitted out with a Hammam, jacuzzi, treatment rooms and fitness center, making it the perfect spot to unwind and relax. Offering something for everyone, skiers looking to hone their skills can make use of the dedicated ski room, whilst children are entertained in the colorful playroom.

Turkish bath
Finnish sauna
American whirlpool
Fitness Center
Spa treatments
Ski Room

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This is a post published in collaboration with the Four Points by Sheraton Kolašin.

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Why you shoud put Great Montenego Tour on your BUCKET LIST

„Here, everyone gets a free shot. It will burn a little bit but it will kill all the germs and you’ll warm up“, our guide said and passed a small cup of Rakia known as local (and very strong) brandy. „Cheers and bottoms up!“, she said and everyone drank. It was 10:00 am.
„Now, since we followed Montenegrin tradition, we can proceed to breakfast!“, the guide added smiling while leaving the small dark smoked room where prosciutto is being made.

Just a regular morning at the oldest restaurant in Montenegro „Kod Pera pod Bukovicu“.

We started the famous Great Montenegro Tour from the office of „360 Monte“ Travel Agency. We’ve passed to the mini-bus just outside the walls of Kotor and headed to the mountains that were still blocking the sun even though it was 8:30 am.

As we started driving up the 25 curves of the Old Austro-Hungarian Road from 19th century, some travelers from the group put down their Lonely Planet books about Montenegro since it was much more interesting (and fun) listening to our guide telling all important information about this unexplored and astonishing place.

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Sun was struggling with the huge “black mountain” Lovćen that we were about to conquer. It was so apparent how Montenegro got its name.
We stopped at 9th serpentine to capture waking town of Kotor while the stupendous cruiser with 3.000 passengers was trying to reach the port of the Old Town below us.
As we were driving higher, the cruise was getting smaller and the Bay wider and deeper.
Each bent was rising us until we reached a vintage point from 1.000 meters of altitude at 25th bend.

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Oh my!
Everyone. Speechless.

You can hear only camera clicks.

Boka Bay with its glacial origin reveals history of fiords, showing dramatic movements of land that had intimate and at the same time the most wild and passionate encounter with deep ink blue water. At some places its depth reaches impressive 60 meters.
High elevations are definitely different appearance from other parts of Adriatic coast. When you see mountains growing up high like crazy, you’ll know you’re in Montenegro.

Even though the view was impressive enough to wake everybody up, we still needed a coffee so the tour continued through the slopes of Mt. Lovćen at Njeguši. The legendary village where the best Montenegrin prosciutto (smoked dry ham) is made. This is the place where you want to stay and take as many deep healthy breaths as possible – in a moment you feel fresh crispy air, in next, your senses will be irritated by prosciutto smell which will immediately make you crave food.

Courteous driver suddenly started shouting something that no one understands at the sheep which were blocking the road, and the inquisitive tourists (including myself) used that opportunity to capture more of the day.

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As we reached 1.150 meters, the mini-bus stopped at the beautiful countryside house with a wide flowers-decorated terrace. It was chilly outside but pleasant.

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10:00 am. Food time.
And free rakia shots.

 

After filling up with the energy (and big cups of coffee), the group was ready to burn the tasty ham with climbing the top of Lake peak where the mausoleum was placed.
“The sea of rocks”, as the Lovćen NP is also called, has no river or lake to discover, the road is damaged by strong melting snow in springtime, limestone shattered on sides and roots of trees sticking out from the ground. While we tried to capture this dramatic scenery from another planet surrounded with endless rocks, two elevations emerged – Štirovnik (1749 m) as the highest and Lake Peak as the following (1659 m).

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All right,
The climbing can start!
461 step to the top – 70% of Montenegro to be seen!

Do not start without water, sunglasses and all possible cameras that you have.

From 1/3 of the way we were already amazed – the tour guide was showing enormous nature oasis Skadar Lake which spreads 70% across Montenegro and 30% in Albania.

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While we got to the top, everybody were breathless, but stunned.

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Don’t miss the story and the statue of the Peter II Petrović Njegoš, ruler of Montenegro, the tallest known man in Balkans in 19th century.
As the lovers of art and I were beaming all over with joy with viewing the masterpiece done by famous sculptor Ivan Meštović, the other people were admiring 18 kg of pure gold that was sparkling from the ceiling.

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On the other side of the mausoleum a narrow path guided to a rocky circle and to – THE TOP OF THE WORLD.

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Almost all Montenegrin land below our feet.

Spectacular.

The breeze was just to cool us down from jumping – not from the top of the mountainJ, but up to capture the famous “jumping photo” which is really unbelievable! (Your guide will show you how to do it, one second of effort and you get picture like that):

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This adventure slow down during the ride to Cetinje where half of the bus was fully using the “nap time”.

From the steep and high elevated peak we went down to a valley where the Old Royal Capital was tucked away.

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Grounded, colorful houses and richly decorated former embassies from 19th century were showing royal history of this place, but many of the wrecks even covered in poster were revealing turbulent events that occurred many decades and centuries ago. The story of the guide completely followed the scenery, definitely enjoyable and simplified.

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Within its best glory – next stop was The River of Crnojević!
Many of the people said that it reminds them to Vietnam or New Zealand, but nothing similar to Europe.
Without capturing “the most popular postcard picture in Montenegro” don’t think of leaving this this place.

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It was 15:00 pm, and as the temperature was rising, the smell of grown figs bewitched our senses and again the food was only point of interest.

Romantic view to the river from the restaurant “The Last Port” (symbolically called by the owner who was asaylor for 50 years) distracted us from lunch briefly, but as soon as the fish soup was at the table, we devoured it.

The food was matching location, so the main course (trout) was caught in Skadar Lake and the finest unlabeled wine was supplied from local vineyards.

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Do not think twice when it comes to boat ride! As that is optional on the tour (with surcharge), the whole group has to decide together. When you see the river and that crazy beauty, it will be very easy to make your mind.

One hour with a swimming option if the day is too hot was just enough to see and feel all the lush vegetation rich in fish and birds flying everywhere.

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Flock of white fat geese was staring at us as we were passing so we pointed our zoom to them. Herons were showing off proudly standing on one feet, while the cormorants were mostly careless about the tourist, rather occupied drying their wings on the sun.

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Our skipper provided some homemade vine that he made himself.
It was a blast.

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From the peace and river heaven, the tour continued to Budva – again completely different then everything seen so far.

Budva is “Miami of Montenegro” with beautiful beaches, palm trees, fancy shops and, as our guide said, never-ending party.

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Even the Old Town is shiny, just to match all the new construction around.
Walking tour remind us of the ancient history of this place and the giant mosaic floor from a Roman house returned us for a moment back in time.

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Overwhelmed with Montenegrin astonishing beauty and all the new information learned we closed up the day in Budva with delicious gelato and satisfied went back to Kotor driving along with the sunset.

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This is a post written in collaboration with the „360 Monte“ Travel Agency.

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Artistic and Archaeological Riches of Montenegro

Montenegro has a tradition of art going back to prehistory, as testified to by the archaeological finds of paintings by prehistoric man in Lipci near Risan dating to the 8th century BC. The drawing represents a deer hunt, and also features a symbol of the rising sun and others. Another drawing has been discovered on a stone tablet in the Prokletije mountains in the north of Montenegro, depicting a prehistoric man and a wolf.
The Crvena Stijena (Red Rock) site in Petrovići is around 30km from Nikšić and is considered one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe. Remains from the Middle Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze ages have been found here, and are highly significant, testifying to the beginnings of life not just in this part of Montenegro but on the planet as a whole. For many years, local and foreign expeditions have been coming to this unique and internationally significant site. More than 26,000 items from the time of prehistoric man have been excavated here. A great many items used in everyday life have been discovered, such as for the procurement and preparation of food, but also non-utilitarian items. These include handmade stone items, snails and shells, as well as ceramic vessels.
The numerous medieval fortresses in Montenegro are an art-form in their own right. They feature Byzantine, Romanic, Gothic and Baroque construction styles, as well as stone forms and paintings. Through the ages these fortresses have played a military and feudal role, or were built as town fortifications. They are built of stone and feature surrounding walls and towers. These fascinating structures were raised in numerous coastal towns, where Illyrian, Austro-Hungarian, Turkish and Spanish influences predominate, such as in Bar, Ulcinj, Herceg Novi, Budva, Kotor, Risan, Perast, as well as in the north of Montenegro: Rijeka Crnojevića, Podgorica and the Lake Skadar area.

The National Museum at Cetinje includes: King Nikola’s Museum, the Museum of Petar II Petrovic Njegoš, the birth house of Njegoš, the Njegoš Mausoleum on Lovćen, Bishop Danilo’s Mausoleum on Orlov Krš, the Art Museum together with the Dado Đurić Contemporary Art Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum and the newly-opened Archaeological Museum and Lapidarium.
The National Museum houses collections of weapons, medals, flags, crests, stamps, photographs, as well as archaeological, numismatic, ethnographic and applied art collections. There are also the residence and the chapel raised in honour of the secular and spiritual leader, poet and philosopher Petar II Petrović Njegoš. During the 1970s the Montenegro Art Museum was known as the Art Gallery, and houses some 3,000 exhibits, including some of the most important works in contemporary Yugoslav and Montenegrin fine art.