The meeting point was on Friday night at Dubrovnik, which is only at one hour drive to the border with Montenegro. Before the trip, I insisted in the fact that we needed the passport to enter Montenegro. That night, V. told us that her passport was expired and she came only with her French identity Card. Aie. On Saturday morning, the guy who rented us the car confirmed that we would not be allowed to enter Montenegro without passport. Well, Croatia looked like a super B plan but we all really wished to go to Montenegro so we decided to try our luck . . .
During the last few kilometres to the check point, there was a strange silence on the car, we were all very stressed. When the check point appeared to us, we decided to show to the police ALL the cards that we had with us (passports, identity cards, and driving licenses) to confuse him.
When S. handed them to the check point guy, he looked at us strangely: he checked few documents and he let us continue, yay! We were all happy, we had made it! Then, few metres forward, we realized that we had only left Croatian and that the real challenge was in front of us, the Montenegro checkpoint . . .
Then we decided to strengthen our tactic and we handed to the checkpoint guy ANY card that we had on our wallets, library cards and supermarket cards included. The tactic worked also this time (the checkpoint guy was puzzled) and finally we could say that we were officially in Montenegro! That achievement deserved a commemorative picture, of course!
Our first contact with Montenegro were the sea villages of Perast and Kotor. Perast is a sleepy but very atmospheric village with superb views over the fjords of the Bay of Kotor. The day was shinny and we had an excellent lunch by the sea (fish and good white wine). The setting was fantastic and we all had already left any stress or worries far away.
In the afternoon we visited Kotor, a much more interesting city in terms of history, architecture and sights but also much more crowded with tourists. However it was nice to walk along its labyrinthine lanes.
After Kotor we took the snaking narrow road that climbs up to Lovcen National Park, considered one of the greatest drives. Views over the Bay of Kotor were so fantastic that I could not help to watch backwards all the time. Result: I was so dizzy at the end of the drive that S. had to stop the car on the top to let me throw up everything that I had inside.
After my big fail and feeling better, we stopped again to re fill our stomachs with a good piece of meat and red wine. Getting ready for the mountains!