This is part of the twelfth section of our around
the world trip.
Complete Trip Overview & Map
Coming from Croatia or read our previous visit when it was part of Yugoslavia
31/10/06 Montenegro is the world's newest country. Created less than five months ago after a referendum to separate it from Serbia and one of the reasons we are again here. Although the motorcycle visited the autonomous region Montenegro, whilst it was part of Yugoslavia (later changing its name to Serbia and Montenegro), it hadn't visited Montenegro, the country. Montenegro and East Timor are the only two new countries created during the almost eleven years we have been travelling. A friendly welcome at the border but we needed to buy motorcycle insurance, not having the usual European Green cardInsurance, 10 Euro for the minimum two weeks, and we received a stamp in our passports, the first since entering Italy from Tunisia last week. Again the coast is developing with every second place displaying a Sobe, Zimmer, Rooms, Chambre sign advertising home stay accommodation. Almost all now are closed and we moved along the coast and into the mountains towards the small and new capital, of Podgorica, of this country of 650,000 people, and settled in a lovely mountain lakeside village for the night. The old building also houses a restaurant and with a few British holiday makers we enjoyed an early evening wine as the sun set at five pm and dinner was over soon after in this early to bed town.
1/11/06 There was little available information on our chosen
route through Montenegro and directly into the UN-NATO protectorate of
Kosovo, trying to avoid having to cross the main Serbian territory. The
immigration official on entering Montenegro advised that the road
directly into Kosovo was open. We headed through Podgorica looking for
a map of Serbia and Montenegro but they have taken on the independence
of Montenegro with such great enthusiasm that all maps of Serbia have
disappeared from the few petrol stations where we enquired. It was
about 200 km through Kolasin, Mojkovac, Berane and
Rozaje before we approached the border. Frost was still on the ground
isolated corners of the road as it twisted over a mountain pass through
tunnels and small settlements preparing for the winter. Again a great
road with magnificent scenery in all directions. Immigration just
at our passports, asked where we were headed and we left Montenegro at
the top of a snow covered pass for Kosovo.
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(Kosovo) or go to our next visit to Montenegro
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