The Dubrovnik – Podgorica, Montenegro bus journey was five hours without air conditioning, but still a beautiful drive. Podgorica turned out to be a cool city, even though we immediately regretted not spending the night in Budva instead. Oh yeah, and I was accused of espionage…
Read more of my classic trip report through the Balkans
Introduction: Road Trip Through The Balkans
Review: US Airways A330-300 Business Class Philadelphia To Munich
Balkans Day 1: Sick In Belgrade
Balkans Day 2: Belgrade – Sarajevo
Balkans Day 3: Sarajevo – Dubrovnik
Balkans Day 4: Beauitful Dubrovnik
We left around 10:00AM from Dubrovnik, catching a bus for $12. I’m sure we could have been more discerning in our bus selection, because this one did not have air conditioning. Although a warm day, the breeze with the windows open made the journey bearable.
And it was quite a beautiful journey, especially as we crossed into Montenegro.
We stopped in Kotor for about 20 minutes and walked around. The impressive city walls on the mountainside have stood for centuries.
Resuming our journey, our next stop was Budva. We had no idea Budva existed, but immediately saw how beautiful it looked as we rounded the mountain. I look forward to returning.
Finally, we arrived in Podgorica in the hot afternoon sun.
The bus station had a cafeteria and we enjoyed some delicious stuffed peppers and paprika-covered boiled potatoes for lunch. Delicious!
We chose to stay at Hotel Crna Gora, then the best hotel in the city. It turned out to be an old Soviet-era hotel, with dark hallways, horribly uncomfortable beds, ancient clock radio, huge old-fashion keys for each room, and yet a certain charm.
The bathroom (especially the tub) had seen better days…
The hotel was demolished shortly after our visit and is now a Hilton. Already, Hilton was advertising its new and upcoming hotel when we there.
After a short nap, we ventured out for a walk in the city. I started with a haircut, then we had a look around for a couple hours. I wouldn’t call Podgorica the most picturesque city, but we found some nice tree-lined streets and I’d love to see how it has changed over the years.
I got into some trouble for taking the picture below. It’s of the U.S. Embassy and the guards noticed that I was snapping a picture and rushed outside to “apprehend” me…
They couldn’t understand why I would take a picture of the building and accused me of espionage….but when I flashed my American passport, which we were thankfully carrying, they backed off and just took my passport, made a call inside, made a photocopy of it, then returned it to me…
I’m not sure what would have happened if I refused to cooperate or ran, but I wasn’t in the mood to tour a Podgorica prison cell…
They did not ask me to delete the photo.
We decided it was time for a drink…
And just for kicks, I decided to take a picture of the German embassy as well…
Tomorrow: the journey to Tirana.