To travel is what I aspire to, but when it comes to discovering your own history while traveling it’s when I felt completely settled. The moment of out of physical silence in the crowded city of Kotor kicked energy rush through my body. I felt if I was already here, walking the same paths, listening to the same sound of sea and enjoying the same type of food. Such a special moment.
The colors that lures me to think about past, the friendliness of domestic people connected with picturesque views of Kotor and all Montenegro Bay blown me away!
In Kotor there is an amazing wine bar on the beginning of the old town, make sure to try Zvonko Bogdan’s wine. Fruity notes combined with semi dry taste of cabernet sauvignon influenced by percentage of blaufränkisch and merlot notes it’s what make this wine so special!
When it comes to food don’t forget to try no name dinner. Continue your way down the main street and then on the end of it turn right go a bit further and on the first crossway go right and may the food tasting begins!
Shrimps in cranberry sauce, garlic bread and white wine is what I would suggest you to try if it’s on the daily menu.
The costal city of Perast cherishes small museum where you can see history of Balkan coast. Swords and daggers from Venetians – Turkish fights, ancient paintings and what’s was so thrilling where I saw our family coat of arms live for the first time, since it’s a museum property. My family mostly lived on Sv.Stefan and Perast, where they had their army of soliders and did their activities when not traveling for battlefields and political meetings.
5 min boat ride from Perast will take you to two small islands one artificial island made by bulwark and rocks, sinking the old pirate ships and other natural. It’s where two small churches take place. Our Lady of the Rocks and St. Georges. Our Lady of Rocks an artificial island with a church that was created by a Croat local seamen who kept ancient oath after findimg the icon of Madonna and Child.
The second island is natural island empowered by church of St. Georges. The Island contains Saint George Benedictine monastrey from the 12th century and the old graveyard for the old nobility from Perast, including my ancestors. During the earthquake the church was ruined and it was my ancestor Miha Grubac who reconstruceted whole church, finding all the history notes through my family and visiting those locations was so fullfiling. My dad’s aunt is researching archive and writing the whole family tree book which I can’t wait for since it will show all the history and be avaliable in print.
This journey I will cherish forever.