Lovcen Mountain and the Dash Back to an Emperors Palace

Posted July 7, 2014 at 15:30

Finally a reasonably clear and calm day arrived for the trip up to Lovcen along the old winding road.  We now had a Megane convertible, a very nice car, so we dropped the top and started uphill again... (and I packed Dazzle's 20L jerry can in the back of the car as a backup in case our rental guys claim that he's left us enough gas for the trip turned out false - the needle was showing less than half tank).  Buraz (cousin) Z, this car drives well!


At the beginning...

... 30 or so narrow, 180-degree turns later...

T's pano along the way up

arriving to the mountaintop mausoleum of Montenegros Poet and King Njegos

... A little later ...:  real roast lamb!

Then the clouds rolled in...

... and we rolled back down under them.

Time was now pressing, with only three days remaining and the weather slowly improving.  We returned the car, sailed over from Kotor to Zelenika and checked out there (the Kotor office was already closed).  The border police allowed us to stay the evening at their sizeable dock and 4am next morning we motored back towards Croatia...  At Cavtat we had a bit of a problem with a sizeable yacht being sluggish to leave the small Q (customs) dock area ("we're waiting for the children to come back") and leaving us idling off waiting to tie up there for border entry formalities.  But an hour later we were done, and motor-sailed along Dubrovnik, the channel between Peljesac and Mljet with an 80nm total day ending at an anchorage west of the town of Korcula.  Next day's trip was a bit shorter and there was a chance for a daytime swim as well in an anchorage on Brac island

There was one last destination on our list:  Split and it's largely intact Palace of the Emperor Diocletian.  We closed our route-circle at the Trogir anchorage and took the city bus to Split.  We were all a bit tired, but we thought the Palace should not be missed once one is so close...

One among many halls in the basement...

The imperial olive-oil press room



We had a dinner at an open restaurant on the square, but as usual, food quality is inversely proportional to the distance from crowded tourist places.  Oh well, we were there anyways for the surrounding Roman columns, buildings, artefacts...  Then we had a long bus-ride back to Trogir in the night - the bus was full with lots of young and not so young people coming back from a festive night out in the regional capital, all in their respective nice outfits...

Early next morning was D-time for T&S...  :-(
- Z -