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New year in Montenegro#

A generous friend invited us and a number of friends to celebrate the end of 2012 in a posh hotel in Milocer, in the bay of Budva. Celebrating New Year in Montenegro is rather special: it is not just one night of celebration, but rather consists of four nights: evening and night of December 31 (as usual in many countries), evening and night of January 1, and then again, usually a week later, to celebrate the end and start of the Serbian orthodox new year. Remember that only a slim majority of 55% voted in 2006 to become an independent nation!

Long nights did shorten our days, but with daylight short, anyway, we enjoyed beautiful day-excurssions to Budva, to the old royal capital Centije with a glance at the capital Podgorica, the border to Albania, a bit of the coast, the super modern yachting complex in Tivat, and the bay of Kotor.

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View after arriving at hotel
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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View of Budva from a hill behind hotel
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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The hill houses a historic monastery of nuns. Our friend knows his way around, so before visiting the interior we were served tea from hand-picked leaves. Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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The hill also provides an excellent view of the island Sveti Stefan, now privately owned.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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A closer look at our next aim: Budva.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012

Looking down to Budva seems to agree with what we have read abouzt it: "Budva is the centre of Budva Municipality. The coastal area around Budva, called the Budva riviera, is the center of Montenegrin tourism, known for its well preserved medieval walled city, sandy beaches and diverse nightlife. Budva is 2,500 years old, which makes it one of the oldest settlements on the Adriatic coast."

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Budva, Public domain
Pixabay.com, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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The combination of tropical plants and snow in the background IS impressive
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Service is not very good here on January 1!
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Budva also has a nice marina.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
Spectacular views along the coast on the way to Centinje.
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012

Cetinje was the Old Royal Capital of Montenegro. It is the official residence of the President of Montenegro with the “blue palace”, but is also the seat of Montenegrin Ministry of Culture, National Museum of Montenegro, National library, State archives. Also, from 2017 it will be a seat of Ministry for Foreign Affairs, maybe breathing new diplomatic life into what was once a town full of foreign embassies. Also small as town (with fewer than 15.000 inhabitants) Cetinje is of great historical significance. It was founded in the 15th century and became the center of Montenegrin culture and an Orthodox religious center. Its status as the honorary capital of Montenegro is due to its heritage as a long-serving former capital of Montenegro.

It is famous for its old churches, the variety of museums and particularly the Serbian Orthodox monastery. It is a center of historical and cultural importance, founded between 1701 and 1704. There are several relics in the monastery: remains of St. Peter of Cetinje the right hand of John the Baptist, particles of the True Cross, the royal crown of Serbian king Stephen Uroš III Dečanski, and three famous bells that are reminiscent of Habsburg influence.

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Church.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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The famous monastery...closed on January 1, but everyone opens the doors for our friend.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Our group looking fascinated at the famous bells.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Centinje monastery 1904.
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Blue palace. Wikicommons
Author: Maxton, 2015
Driving back to the hotel, with and intersting detour to the capital Podgorica and skirting the border to Albania.
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Snow covered black mountains (= Monte Negro!)
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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The border Montenegro/Albania goes right throug the lake in the background
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Back near the hotel
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012

Tivat is located in the central part of the Bay of Kotor. It has an exit to open sea at the tourist location Pržno inlet near Radovići village to the south.

In 1889 the Naval arsenal was built by Austrians, and was later used as a naval military base of the Italian Navy, the Yugoslav People's Army and the Army of Montenegro. The base was also used by Russia and Libya as the technical base for maintenance, repair and overhaul of their ships and submarines.

The new owner of the naval base, Canadian billionaire Peter Munk realized plans to build in Tivat a luxury marina for mega-yachts. The marina is now called, "Porto Montenegro" and certainly one of the most POSH known to the author, with exclletn infrastructure like top hotels and restaurants, certainly coming close to the dream of Munk to turn the city into the "Monaco of the southern Adriatic."

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These yachts are worth more than a huge villa.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Can you see the yacht inside the yacht?
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Is she really owner of this yacht?
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In addititon to the impressive marina, the bay of Kotor Kotor, Montenegro is as spectacular as it map already seems to promise!
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The town of Kotor as we come down a mountain from the south.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Walls of fortification
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Two islands in the lake.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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We finish our trip with a splendid local meal in a first class restaurant in an old house, all still decorated for X-mas season.
Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012
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Photo: H. Maurer, Dec.2012