“It’s been a long time, but I still remember it well…” an old olive tree begins its story,”when there was not so many people around me, not so many curious tourists, only a hardworking hand here and there, one of which gave me life…”
“I’ve been told you are 2,240 years old. Is that right?”I ask.
“Well,ladies are not to be asked about their age, especially when they’re as old as I am. But let’s say it’s true. I think some Greek planted me, I would say so by the sound of his name. It was a long time ago. I remember a lot, but I have also forgotten a lot.”
“You said well, you remember all the ups and downs of this region, all the touching stories … Can you share some of them with me?”
Not long after the break-up of the Christianity, between 12th and 13th century, under the influence of the Serbian dynasty Nemanich, Orthodoxy spreads through the Montenegro. Orthodox believers, which constitute 72% of population of Montenegro, highly honor the cult of saints, some of which are more famous than others. They have shared the faith and temptations with the people of this small country. You can get to know some of them here.
As if it has always been waiting for her. Rumija, the southernmost mountain with one of the most magnificant viewpoints is now a personal trainer of a brave girl from Bar, Carolina Ilich. New times and new occupations, even for the mountain. And it adjusts. It wants to be a part of one great story about conquering mountain tops.
Even birds on the trees have heard of birds with no wings, those that fly short above canyon releasing unusual sounds. One bird sang about it long time ago, and now one can hear that song far and away. Good song, sorry voice, is heard far away…People from all around the world are coming here to experience fun on Montenegrin way: “You sit down and fly in the same time”…
So large to have an appearance of a sea, so different that it might be called unique and so beautiful that eyes can’t get enough of it! Skadar Lake always calms me down, fills me with positive energy and reminds me that I don’t need to die to be in a heavenly place…
“The queen of the Mediterranean”, situated on a perfect spot in the Adriatic, Budva has always been inspiration for artists and attraction for tourists. It sometimes reminds me of a Sleepy Beauty, frozen in time, hiding her personal story from curious visitors’ eyes. The most interesting spots in Budva are not so obvious, don’t draw attention and even if they do- they leave you wondering what it is all about. It is like treasure hunt, you have to be good hunter and explorer to find out more about Budva and its treasures. I will share with you some of them.
There are so many places in Montenegro, unspoiled and almost unreal, but unknown among tourists. These places, by rule, lay somewhere hidden from the crowd, forgotten even by local people, covered by silence but filled with sounds of nature. They can be reached only off-road and this is the story about one of them…