After our three night stay in small and picturesque Perast on the Montenegro coastline, it was time to go north and up in the mountains. On the way to Žabljak we have enjoyed the fantastic diversity of Montenegro, both at sea level and now at about 1450 metres altitude. The Black Lake (Crno jezero) lies close to Žabljak and we had a nice walk in the surrounding forest and around the lake itself. The nature is incredibly beautiful and actually quite similar to the Swedish forests.
This old picturesque town is well preserved and worth a visit, and on the mountain high above the town you'll find the fort Castel St John (Tvrđava Sveti Ivan) situated on the cliffs, overlooking the bay. It'll take you about 45 minutes to walk to the top on the old stone stairs. It's said to be about 1350 steps, but we didn't count them... Just as we reached the top it started to rain, but we could still admire the magnificent view before returning to sea level, a bit wetter ;-)
Old Mostar in Bosnia is incredible beautiful! Not just the rebuilt bridge (Stari Most), but also the narrow streets and buildings. In the area you can buy all kind of stuff, if you are looking for souvenirs. We rarely do, and aren't that attracted to places that is overcrowded by other tourists. Since Mostar is a popular attraction, we were satisfied with only a short walk and then headed southeast to Montenegro.
Plitvička national park in Croatia offers several lakes and numerous waterfalls! We walked to the Big waterfall and around the lower lakes. This (and all the other waterfalls in the park) are very spectacular and seem to come straight out of the mountains. There are a lot of smaller waterfalls connecting the upper lakes, and our walk around Gradinsko lake gave us many views of what our nature can accomplish. Even though we visited the park slightly after the popular summer months, there was still plenty of visitors. However, we were lucky enough to avoid almost all the tourist buses during our stay here.
After one night (and our first night on this road trip) in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia, we headed towards the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo. We decided to follow our GPS and its suggestion for the fastest route to our first stop on the way; Tuzla. BIG MISTAKE! And lesson learned :-) If we had looked at a regular map, we would probably realised that our GPS planned a route through a corner of Croatia before entering Bosnia. The border checkpoint on the E70 between Serbia and Croatia must be one of the more crowded in former Yugoslavia. It took us more than two hours to pass the border. The one between Croatia and Bosnia at Brčko only took us less than five minutes.
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