Since Jen’s parents were doing a cruise that ended in Rome, we decided to meet up with them for a long weekend in Croatia. We picked them up in Dubrovnik and drove to Montenegro where Sharon found a really nice Airbnb in the old town of Kotor.
We wandered the old town and stopped for dinner at “Tanjga Family Restaurant” since our Airbnb host said they had really good BBQ. We weren’t sure it was the right place as felt more like a butcher shop, but the guys behind the counter helped us pick out some the different meats and salads, and sent us to sit in the garden at the back. It totally felt like the perfect backyard BBQ - they brought out a huge sharing platter of chicken breast/leg, ribeye, sausages, bacon, burger, salads, sauces, bread. What a feast! The fun friendly staff, atmosphere, and delicious food were just perfect!
We woke up early and climbed up to the top of the cliff with Jen’s dad. After about 1350 steps (290 meters) we reached the fortress at the top and took in the view of the bay and old town.
We then drove to Lake Skadar National Park, only to discover that the local Tourist Info Centre is closed on Sundays :( We were hoping to do some light hiking around the Nature Reserve, but the area isn't very well marked. Luckily, some local tour operators were more than happy to help us (despite the fact that we didn’t want to do their touristy boat ride). We did a short hike to one of the old villages, Godinje.
On our way back to Kotor, we stopped at a couple of other coastal towns along the way including Sveti Stefan and Budva. Since we enjoyed the previous night's BBQ feast so much, we returned to the same place for dinner again!!
We spent our last 2 nights at another Airbnb in Dubrovnik, Croatia. We visited the old town and, of course, stopped for some delicious pre-dinner gelato.
We ate diner at a Bosnian restaurant recommended by both our Airbnb host and Trip Advisor. The Bosnian food was quite similar to the Montenegrin food - huge meat platter with few vegetables. Again, the food was delicious albeit a lot more expensive since we were in the touristy old town of Dubrovnik.
We spent our last day wandering the rest of old town and eating more gelato :)
Jen’s parents were returning to Calgary from London Gatwick, so we all flew to London together. They stayed with us for 2 nights and took us out for Fish & Chips for Dom’s birthday dinner!