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The “Top-3 Comic Book Festival” in the region

striphnToday, comics are a big part of the pop culture, and comic events are organized world wide in various capacities. If you enjoy TV, cinema and comic books, then a comic book festival has to be on your every year list to do because a good time is guaranteed.
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 Herceg Novi – Montenegro, is part of the world’s stage of comic festivals with its own annual festival of comics, which we follow every September. In Herceg Novi, for the past twelve years, since 2006 to be exact, HCF celebrates domestic and foreign cartoonists.
The very location of Herceg Novi Comic Festival is the center of this medieval, dreamy beach town, and the festival is characterized by workshops, exhibitions, exchange of comics, concerts and parties.
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 For more than a decade, the world’s biggest names in all fields of “ninth art” have been honored guests and participants of HSF. Just some of the names that elevated the festival to the international level and contributed to the quality of the festival are:
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* William Simpson, Ireland
* Rufus Daylo, UK
* Mike Collins, UK
* Guillermo Ortego,
*Moreno Buratini, Italy
*Esad Ribic, Croatia
* Fabio Celoni, Italy
* Paolo Motura, Italy
* Zoran Janjetov, Serbia
* Darko Macan, Croatia
* Branislav Bane Kerac, Serbia
*Milorad Vicanovic Maza, BH
* Aleksa Gajic, Serbia
 * Zoran Ðukanovic, Netherlands
 Thanks to the persistence and support of many, HSF status rightfully reached the “Top-3 Comic Book Festival” in the region, and this year we will gladly join the fun crew from 07.-12.09.2018.
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XIII Guitar Art Summer Fest – Magic of diversity

The thirteenth Guitar Art Summer Festival gathers all different tastes. The concert program is conceptually made in a way that everyone can choose his/her favorite concert.

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This music festival has become an irreplaceable part of the summer in Herceg Novi. It is therefore obligation and pleasure of the Festival, that by choosing a quality program every year the expectation of our wonderful traditional audience is justified, but also desire to gain new audience. And for the greatest music lovers a very tasteful program is prepared. With the magic of baroque and Vivaldi, the spirit of Vencie will fly over the Adriatic Sea on quitar and violin strings to the Old town of Herceg Novi and music square on the concert of Peter Giran and the Hungarian chamber orchestra Anima Musicae.

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Artists from far Korea for the first time participate, the mystique of Asia interpreted with jazz motifs is the basic part of the exotic program by Youn Woo Park Trio.

For the lovers of the eternal classical dialogue, the harmonies of the flute and guitar and concert of duo Linda Chatterton & Maja Radovanlija from the United States of America. Your regional tastes will be satisfied with the concert of the fabulous Georgios Georgopoulos quartet from Thessaloniki.

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Find a feather, make your hair, dig up and find your grandparent’s clothes and visit the biggest Gatsby Swing party of this summer at the Adriatic coast that will be happening at Kanli Kula with with SWINGROWERS ensemble from Italy. Bojan Ivanovski Jobby will show you the magic of fingerstyle mastership on the acoustic guitar and rock & roll. The festival will be closed with the performance of one of the greatest authors on acoustic guitar Dusan Bogdanovic at the concert of Guitar Integrations together with the most talented young guitarists from Montenegro.

It is up to you to enjoy each of the different flavors in each of these six festival evenings.

XIII Guitar Art Summer Fest

15 – 20. August 2018

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

Concert program:

15. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00  Peter Giran & Anima Musicae kamerni orkestar

16. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00 Youn Woo Park Trio

17.08.2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

                     Herceg Novi Guitar Day

21:00 Linda Chatterton & Maja Radovanlija 

22.00  Dušan Bogdanović

18. 08. 2018. Kanli kula

21.00 SWINGROWERS ansambl

19. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21:00 Bojan Ivanovski

20. 08. 2018. Trg od muzike (Old Town)

21.00 Guitar Integration

21.45 Georgios Georgopulos quartet

 

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Exceptional La Perla

Check the unique place where it is believed that true excellence lies in the details: from crisp and exquisite exterior to state-of-art interior: designer furniture, carefully selected premium textiles and top-notch, branded cosmetics.
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Villa Z is located on the first line in the La Perla residential complex and has direct access to the sea. Well-maintained area with a swimming pool and comfortable resting areas dispose to the unhurried rhythm of life and enjoyment of every day spent here.
Noble and laconic style of design of the Villa and 22 rooms emphasizes the status of guests and owners. The refined luxury in details here is combined perfectly with the overall atmosphere of European minimalism. The layout of each room includes spacious living room, three bedrooms with private terrace and panoramic sea views, and several bathrooms.
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Residents of the Villa have access to all infrastructure facilities that allow each guest to fell the care and respect from the side of asset management company. Villa Z has all the facilities you need to enjoy a short stay here as well as long-term accommodation on the terms of acquisition of property. Due to the high set quality standards, Villa Z will become embodiment of the modern lifestyle in the heart of the Tivat Bay.
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Once in bed, you will want to stay there all day. Bedding choice here is 100% satin, non-allergenic and very pleasant at the touch. Mattresses and pillows are carefully selected for your comfort and sweet dreams.
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It’s all about details that make your stay unforgettable. La Perla is partnered with Bvlgari, and selected the most gentle scents and hypoallergenic cosmetics.
Let tranquil settings and exceptional staff of La Perla take you to the highest levels of inner peace through a personalized approach to various programs. Detoxifying methods will help you revitalize your body and bring you the balanced state. The spa reviving experience will lead you to the ultimate self-pampering journey. Reconnect with your loved ones and also book private massage programs for two!
La perla restaurant offers the perfect blend of of Italian and French cuisine with modern day cooking technologies.
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Who wouldn’t enjoy the fresh seafood, and a glass of chilled rosé while the salty sea breeze of Kotor Bay floats in the air? Crafted from zero, La Perla restaurant has evolved into an elegant venue which fully awakens the appreciation for the art of food. The place offers an unusual gastronomic journey, a distinctive selection of wines, and signature cocktails served by skilled staff.
Executive-Chef Rafael Kazumyan with international experience in Michelin stars-awarded restaurants brought to us the groundbreaking food preparation philosophy. This approach echoes throughout the whole menu presenting the perfect blend of Italian and French cuisine based on modern technologies with the utmost respect for local traditions. The chef’s secret of a profound taste lies in the playful approach to local products and herbs, which our kitchen team hand-pick and use in the fermentation process to create unique flavors. No need to tell more: just come and taste something you never tasted before.
Draped in the azure colors of the sea, La Perla’s beach club reflects the essence of the coastal living: laid-back lifestyle, summer buzzing, and only positive vibes!
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Once you step onto the La Perla beach zone you will feel the characteristic sense of leisure lifestyle that flows across the entire area. Draped in the azure colors of the sea, La Perla Beach Club reflects the essence of the coastal living: laid-back lifestyle, summer buzzing, and positive vibes only.
22-meter pool can easily become the most entertaining zone at the beach club, either for youth or families.

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Dive into the sound of DJ’s lounge mix, let the water make you feel weightless and double your pleasure with the finest selection of refreshing cocktails and delicious Pizza!
Kayaks, paddle boards, aqua bike lessons are at your disposal at all times. Everything in this seductive, sexy and vibrant surroundings is set with a finger firmly on the pulse of summer pleasures, memorable Insta photos and loads of fun times. Enjoy yourself!
From exclusively private gatherings to unforgettable shows, concerts, dance parties and movie screenings – La Perla take entertainment to the next level.
We enjoyed our time at  amazing La Perla!

Savina Winery Tour

The story of Savina winery is really a story of an estate, of a monastery and of our family. Many years ago we stumbled upon an old Venetian Land Register map dating from 1753 in the city museum. We discovered that our estate was called Villa di Meljine, with the entire stretch of Savina planted in vineyards, and we knew what we had to do.

DSC08975DSC08976DSC08979Our house, farm and winery are all located on the Savina hillside, above Savina Monastery in the town area of Meljine in Herceg Novi. The winery lies there, tucked away in lavish Mediterranean vegetation, in an idyllic coastal and woodland setting. Savina Monastery, some 200m away, dates all the way back to 1030, although the oldest records in which it is mentioned date back to 1648.

DSC08965DSC08973DSC08966As for our forage into winemaking, it started 17 years ago, as an extension of a great, sincere love of wine. After years of touring the best wineries in France, Italy and the region, my wife Gordana and I decided to do something for ourselves, our property and for the whole local area. Thus after returning from London to our hometown, we decided without much hesitation to plant vineyards on our estate. Today we have two hectares with international grape varietals (Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Chardonnay)  and one indigenous white varietal, Žižak (zhizhak), similar to Dubrovnik’s Malvasia (as opposed to the Istrian one). The vineyards are located in the best part of the estate, with southern exposition, with a spectacular view over the sea.

DSC08999DSC08985DSC08994Our wines appeared on the market only in 2014. Until that point, other winemakers envied us for not having to sell our wine – we made it for ourselves and our friends, in smaller quantities, simply because we really enjoyed it. We are now still not burdened with any great expectations: our goal is to stay small and make wines for the Bay of Kotor, the coast and only a little bit for our friends in Belgrade, a total of no more than 20,000 bottles.

DSC09018DSC09054DSC09033DSC09070DSC09037Our wines are characterized by a light and breezy, summer style. This is true for our Chardonnay and Rose, but even for our red wines. Our plan is to make one serious dessert wine from the local variety Žižak. We recognize that being in the vineyard and winemaking in general is a great privilege. But primarily we wish to revive our locality, to preserve it, to renew it. We have recently planted vineyards on the monastery grounds because we want to make wine for Savina Monastery. Through winemaking, we wish to give greater meaning to our stay at this, in many ways, special place.

– Zoran Obradovic the owner of  the Savina Winery.

To book Savina Winery Tour please contact us at info@montenegro.com .

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Roman mosaics and 2nd-3rd century Villa Urbana in Risan

The rapid Romanisation of Risinium began after the subjugation of the Illyrians under King Gentius in 167 BC. Risinium became a typical Roman town, surrounded by walls, with a town centre – a forum in the Carina fields. Ancient tombs – necropolises – were located outside the walls, and in the southern side of town there was a residential area containing the villas of rich Risan landowners and traders. The remains of the eastern portion of a Roman urban villa were found in the early 20th century. Between 1956 and 1962 the mosaic flooring in four rooms of the villa was fully restored and conserved, and the first protective awning built. Another mosaic floor was discovered in 1972, on which conservation work was also done and a roof added.

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Partial restoration and conservation of all the walls of the villa around the central yard – the atrium – was also carried out. Roman mosaics decorate the floors of four of the five rooms in the eastern part of the villa, as well as two rooms in the western part. There are only traces of mosaic flooring in the remaining rooms. The technique used was one of large cubes of local grey and black stone, with motifs of the labrys – a double-bitted battleaxe originating from Crete. In the eastern wing of the villa a mosaic was laid displaying plant motifs, using stone cubes of varying size and colour (red, yellow, green, blue, black and white). In the middle there is a circular medallion depicting the Greek god of sleep, Hypnos, in the form of a winged boy leaning on the head of the bed. It is likely that this room was the bedroom of the villa’s owner – the dormitorium. Geometric chessboard-like patterns decorate the mosaic floor of the southern room, and beyond that there are a further two rooms with mosaics featuring geometric motifs and stylised sea life (cuttlefish and squid). It is thought that one of the corner rooms that do not have mosaics was the dining room (triclinium), with typical Roman couches.

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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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While sailing the Adriatic Sea, the team of researchers will be introducing you to the wonder of dolphin’s lives, their main threats and the possible ways to contribute to protecting their vulnerable world. The Ocean Going Sailing Yacht “Chance Discovery” will provide you with dolphin watching seats, a luxurious deck and saloon, refreshments and bathroom facilities.

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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.

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For 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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Montenegro Wine Tour

If you love wine and want a unique holiday then you should not miss going on one of the wine tours on offer in Montenegro.

It is not widely known that Montenegro, apart from its beautiful seaside and mountain villages, also boasts regions that are famed for producing exceptional and world-renowned wine varieties. France, Italy and Portugal have for many years been building credibility as top tourist destinations thanks to wine tourism. The many scenic regions of our country are perfect for enjoying this type of tourism. The mild Mediterranean climate, the composition of the soil and the favorable location provide ideal conditions for cultivating vineyards and growing grapes. The best-known grape-growing areas are Crmnica, Nahije, Komani, Bjelopavlici and other wine-producing villages around Lake Skadar. Montenegrin wines are produced from various types of grape, including Krstac, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Vranac.

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In 2010 and 2011, signage was put up and the “Wine Roads” of Montenegro were fully marked out. A tourist map of the wine tours can be picked up in local tourist offices in any town in Montenegro, at hotel receptions and in travel agencies. If you like an active holiday, the Wine Roads offer you a chance to visit wine cellars, taste wines, walk through the vineyards and even take part in grape-picking. Wine can be tested, tried and purchased in wine cellars, while some wineries also offer accommodation, so visitors can get the complete experience, learn about the history of the winery, see wine being made and of course enjoy the finished product.

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Lago di Monte Resort

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The vision of the developer and architects was to create a contemporary eco-resort, developed by the principles of sustainability and environmental protection that at the same time offered a high level of luxury with breath-taking views of Durmitor peaks and green pine forest. The guests should enjoy a range of healthy lifestyle activities and programs irrespective of the season and climate conditions throughout the whole year. Lago di Monte is a perfect meditation spot surrounded by raw, untouched nature, offering complete silence and endless panoramic views of tall, snow-covered mountain peaks, grass fields and emerald forests.

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The potentials of the location itself represent an important catalyst of economic and social development of the entire area. Besides being a sustainable luxury destination, the project itself is designed to contribute to the local community by engaging 100% local resources. The sustainability concept behind the project entails a healthy lifestyle with local organic production sourced from the area. The entire program has been carefully planned according to the natural characteristics and potentials of the location.

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Therefore, new structures and their shapes are implemented in synchronicity with the existing terrain. The content positioning is done in accordance with natural and geographical features of the location, so the spatial experience mostly depends of the directed vistas and open spaces. Necessary contents imply accommodation capacities, hotels and villas, spa centre and congress centre, and some additional contents such as sport facilities, restaurant, equestrian club, playgrounds. Lago di Monte is a complete getaway, perfect for everything from romantic trips , to family vacations, adventurous voyages, corporate retreats and destination weddings.

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The micro-location chosen for a perfect getaway called Lago di Monte is set on the shore if a very small and famous lake called Poscensko jezoro at 1487m above the sea level. Its depth is maximum 3.6m, which the lake usually reaches during spring time, when the surrounding snow melts. The lake  is characterized by relatively low temperatures, sometimes reaching up to 20 degrees in the summer season. During the winter, the surface of the lake tends to freeze and the ice cover retains over 60 days which makes this place an idyllic and perfect winter setting. One of its characteristics is high level of water transparency. The resort has a tranquil backdrop of dark emerald pine forests radiating aromatic scents. Lago di Monte is a 6 acres estate with lake, forests and green grass fields perfect for all season relaxation and adventure. It has one of the best views if Durmitor’s highest peak – Bobotov Kuk, which is usually snow covered throughout the year.

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The resort has a good geographical position and sees plenty of sun due to its south-west orientation. All the main popular activities of Durmitor region are within an immediate reach – hiking, climbing, cycling, skiing, and other including touring of famous cultural heritage sites. The location is easily reached – only 8km away from Zabljak and just two-hour drive away from Montenegro’s capital – Podgorica.

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Based on the principles of sustainability and environment protection, Lago di Monte has been designed as a contemporary eco-resort with luxury eco villas and hotel, spa & conference centre. The project has been designed by DVARP from Podgorica based on several research studies done over couple of years. It is created with extremely low carbon print and with great consideration for the environment and vistas thus with very low visual impact, blending into surroundings. This resort is created for those who appreciate the magnificence of nature, adventurous hiking/biking vacations, skiing and snowboarding or just joy of simply letting go.

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There are 105 hotel units in a hotel and 8 villas with total of 300 beds. The spa centre, appropriate for the capacity, extends from the inside out, facing the forest. The conference centre offers space for events for about 300 people and the restaurant capacity with large outdoor terrace extends beyond that which makes it perfect for events – corporate of weddings.

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During the design process the imperative has been to create a unique destination, an unforgettable escape in the middle of pristine nature. This type of resort means not only well planned accommodation with suitable program, but also requires ecological and sustainable design in dialogue with the environment supported by high-ed technology. Except for the very low carbon footprint the resort is designed with a renewable energy system in place and highly controlled water usage and waste management.

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The lake, the nearby surroundings, and precious forest mad it an imperative to preserve and enhance the given natural resources. We have been inspired by the land, astonished by culture and gastronomy while revered by the Durmitor inhabitants of centuries past. We wish the same for our guests and investors.

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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.