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  • Day20

    Kotor, Montenegro

    May 2, 2019 in Montenegro ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Made it to our private tour only 5 minutes late. Had to tender at this port. Montenegro has two types of land — coastal and mountains. They pride themselves on being a ‘green’ country. The road up the mountain has 25 switchbacks. Photo is from #16. We drove on the same roads that Vic took in 1973.

    The main agriculture is grapes and olives, though they produce all manner of Mediterranean fruits and vegetables.

    There are five national parks.

    Our tour guide is a cyclist and filmed a Skoda commercial yesterday for the Tour de France. We will have to watch for him in June.

    We stopped near Lake Skodar and had to wait for some cows to move off the road. There are beautiful Views and the green on the lake is lily pads.

    3E — Enjoy, experience, explore! The name of the tour company Carolynne booked through. So excellent! Arrived at our hosts’ farm. They are a former mechanical engineer and economist whose jobs ended due to the political conflict in the 1990s. They returned to the family farm and now host tours for lunch and brief tours of their organic farm. Their grapes are organic and they also have bees from which they make honey.

    Our driver and guide Zoran helped translate and had lunch with us. They also make schnapps infused with various herbs like rosemary, mint, lavender, oregano and sage.

    You can buy a two bedroom house for approx. 40,000 - 70,000€ in the mountains and about three times that along the coast.

    This has been a most wonderful day. Personal contact with people makes the experience so much better.

    Sailed past Our Lady of the Rock just before dinner. No three honks of the horn today. Maybe they don’t do that anymore.

    Attended the port talk on Split and Ravenna before watching the comedian from Britain.
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