Goodbye, Croatia. Hello, Montenegro.

After a week’s stay in Dubrovnik, we inched closer to the border of Croatia and Montenegro. Instead of crossing over right away, we decided to spend one last night in Croatia to take advantage of our unlimited internet plan and get some work done. Once we cross into Montenegro, our data plan will not work since it only covers Croatia and other EU countries.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

So off we went in search of a free camp spot for the night. The first place we checked out was at the southern most tip in Croatia. At first glance it was perfect. No one around, a flat concrete pad literally just steps from the Adriatic and plenty of room for the kids to run around and explore. But weak cell reception (we had work to do) and an unsettling review on the Park4Night app was more than enough to make us rethink this spot.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Those snowy peaks are in Montenegro.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

We did spend a little time there to stretch out our legs.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

And take advantage of puddle reflections.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Sad to see floating trash here. Hasn’t been an obvious problem in most of the other places we’ve explored in Croatia.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Luka enjoying “fishing” down these little steps to the sea with a frayed rope and sticks he found nearby.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

We decided to check out the area of Konavoski Dvori. There is an old mill up there a couple restaurant parking spots that allow overnight (wild) camping.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

We usually get a late start during our travel days but today we got a surprisingly early one and it really came in handy to explore different potential boondocking spots before settling on one for the evening. We found a spot on a cliff overlooking the Adriatic Sea not far from the old mill spot but once again cell reception was iffy. We got there just as sun was setting and the warm colors reflecting off of the green trees was surreal.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

The kids stood in the sun’s rays as well. It was one of the most magical few minutes of a sunset that we’ve ever felt.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

Thank you, sun. Hvala, sunce.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

We should probably settle on a spot now before it gets too dark.

Dubrovnik, Croatia blog

We ended up spending the night in a parking lot of the old mill restaurant which is currently closed for the winter off-season.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

In the morning, we crossed the border from Croatia, thru a little section of no man’s land and then to an even smaller border crossing into Montenegro.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Hello, Montenegro!!

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

First thing first. Picked up a couple cheap data plans (10 GBs for 10 Euros) and found a place to eat that had ample parking for our van.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

We made the choice to take a short ferry ride towards our first destination in Montenegro, the city of Kotor.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

When the ferry dropped us off, we continued on on what appears to be a one way road. But no, friends. This is a two way road.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Seriously. But we just took slow. The locals either pulled over for us to pass or we pulled over for them. It turned out to be one of the most picturesque drives we’ve ever done.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Our spot of the night. A dirt lot behind some cafes not too far from the touristy part of Kotor.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

We didn’t notice the fortress wall climbing up the steep mountain until a few minutes of being here. Haha. Camouflage.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

After parking the van, the kids jumped out of the van to look for cats. Their daily routine in Croatia and now in Montenegro too.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Found one under a boat.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

We didn’t really research Montenegro before arriving here and its beauty was a pleasant surprise. So much so that we all took turns posing on this rock.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Dan and I even handed the camera over to the kids. Thanks for the photo, Ava. Your timing with the bird over my shoulder was perfect. 🙂

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Now that we are settled for the night in this spot, we decided to pay a visit to one of the cafes next to the lot.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

We took advantage of the wifi and the kids continued their schoolwork.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

They started a new memory journal for our European adventure. Here is Luka’s entry for the animal shelter we visited in Dubrovnik a couple days ago.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

And here is his photo of us hanging out at our first Montenegrin cafe.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Back in the van, Dan set up place to hang our tablet under the cab shelf which works perfectly for family movie nights. Thumbs up from Luka.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Tonight’s choice? Star Wars episode something.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Alright better get these kids ready for bed.

Driving to Kotor, Montenegro blog

Thanks for following along on our adventures,
Marlene

One Response to Goodbye, Croatia. Hello, Montenegro.

  1. Catherine Forest January 23, 2019 at 7:16 pm #

    It’s really interesting to follow your adventures! We’re hoping to jump over the pond next year or the following one…

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