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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.


Hipmunk Hotels: Luxurious Stays in Santa Ana, Moab, and More

The post below was originally published on Nomadbiba on April 15, 2016 by Bianca Bauza.


The Western United States offers visitors pristine nature and rich cultural experiences. If you plan to visit this area, these lesser-known destinations will get you off the beaten track. If you want to spend some days relaxing in style, here are some good recommendations for luxury hotels.

Enjoy Nature in Bellingham

Nestled in the Bellingham Bay, this bustling city is surrounded by magnificent scenery and unspoiled nature. Bellingham offers easy access to the San Juan Islands and the stunning North Cascades. In the city, there are also some beautiful parks for outdoor lovers, such as Whatcom Falls Park and Lake Padden Park. If you like to go whale watching, there are good opportunities here as well. One of the best hotels in the city is the Hotel Bellwether. Rooms in this luxury waterfront hotel feature gas fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and private balconies or patios.


Kiss the Sky in Renton

Set on the shore of Lake Washington, Renton is a small city that offers spectacular views on the lake and Mount Rainier. Renton is just 11 miles southeast of downtown Seattle, so it’s a good base if you prefer to stay in a calmer place. One of the main attractions in Renton is the Jimi Hendrix Grave Site. If you’re looking for a place to stay, try the Larkspur Landing Renton. This all-suites hotel offers comfortable and modern rooms with premium bedding, complimentary breakfast and hot drinks, and an outdoor spa tub.

Experience the Rich Culture of Santa Ana

Located in Southern California, Santa Ana is the second most populous city in Orange County. As such, it’s a diverse and multicultural city with a strong arts and culture scene. Some of the most popular attractions in the city are the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art and the Discovery Cube Orange County. The Courtyard by Marriott Santa Ana Orange County offers comfortable rooms with modern amenities, a free airport shuttle, and an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub.


Mix Culture and Nature in Tacoma

Sitting at the foot of Mount Rainier, Tacoma is set in a scenic location on the beautiful Puget Sound. This mid-size city is the perfect base for exploring the Mount Rainier National Park. Top attractions in Tacoma include the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Le May – America’s Car Museum, the Museum of Glass, and the Children’s Museum. If you want to stay in downtown Tacoma, the Hotel Murano, a Provenance Hotel is one of the best options. This beautiful and modern boutique hotel features a full-service spa, an upscale restaurant, and a 24-hour fitness center with sauna.


Have the Adventure of a Lifetime in Moab

Located along the Colorado River, Moab is best known for being the gate to the Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. With plenty of opportunities for mountain biking, rock climbing, and hiking, it’s a place that attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. Other popular attractions include the Dead Horse Point State Park, the Negro Bill Canyon Trail, and La Sal Mountain Loop. One of the best places to stay around Moab is Red Cliffs Lodge. Located along the Colorado River just a few miles northeast of Moab, this scenic resort features rustic rooms with wood-paneled walls and log furniture.

This post is part of the Hipmunk’s Hotels series.








7 Tips For Traveling Across The Country On A Budget

The post below was originally published on Hipmunk’s Tailwind blog on August 11, 2015 by The Hipmunk.

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If you’re going to try to see the countless amazing sites across America, you’ll need to get started now. And if you’re hoping to remain within a budget, you should definitely follow these tips.

1. Use Technology for Cheap Gas

Imagine if you knew which gas stations along your route had the lowest-priced fuel. Just think of how much you could save! That’s exactly what GasBuddy does. You can check out their website or download the app, and never overpay for gas again!


Four colorful eco-friendly shopping bags filled mostly with groceries in the opened trunk of a car.

2. Bring Your Own Groceries

If you’re driving across the country, a cooler with lunch meats, soda and condiments can come in handy at rest stops. Even when you’re staying at a hotel, it’s best to have food stored in the refrigerator. Save eating out for those special restaurants that you just have to try.

3. Invest in a Federal Recreation Pass

Some cities are always going to be expensive, but if you think ahead and buy a Federal Recreation Pass, you can enter federally-funded recreation areas throughout the United States for free. This includes places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone Park. You can even have some friends tag along!

4. Check out Free Sites

Even if you don’t pay for a pass to see national landmarks, there are countless sites you can visit for free. From the in D.C. to the French Quarter — which also has low cost hotels in New Orleans like Historic Streetcar Inn — there are definite stopping points that can be accessed on a shoestring budget.

Group Of Friends On Trip Sitting In Trunk Of Car

5. Bring Friends Along

If you’ve opted to see the country via automobile, one of the best ways to stay within your budget is to bring friends along. Not only will you get a better value on your Federal Recreation Pass, but you’ll also be able to split the cost of fuel and your lodging. Just imagine, for instance, how much more affordable a trip to The Big Apple would be if you weren’t footing the bill for New York hotels and taxis alone.

6. Utilize Travel Aggregation Sites

Online travel sites have become a popular way of saving money. Using travel aggregation sites like Hipmunk, which seek out the lowest prices from all the top travel sites, is an ideal way to save money on traveling.

7. Avoid Dining in When Eating Out

When you do opt to buy food from a restaurant, it’s best to place your order to go. This will minimize the necessity of tipping. Even if you find a cheap hotel in cities ranging from Chicago to El Paso, tipping can quickly wipe out the money you’re saving on a low-cost hotel.

Traveling across the country doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition. There are now many methods for saving on cross-country trips. Fortunately, this means great travels without breaking the bank.