On Saturday we took a day trip from Dubrovnik to Montenegro, a small country that was also part of the former Yugoslavia about an hour from Dubrovnik (to the border). From the border to the city of Kotor we drove (we rented a car--I drove since josh doesnt drive a stick :) ) through the Bay of Kotor, stopping along the way at little cities as recommended by Rick Steves and at random sites that looked pretty, or where there happened to be sheep grazing along the road, alone (yes there will be pics of facebook soon!).
Montenegro is a BEAUTIFUL country, views like none other. Basically our drive through the bay was a drive around a large Fjord so it was water and mountains the whole way (but a pretty flat/easy drive since we were right along the water the whole time). We stopped in the town of Perast to ferry out to the nearby island to take in the views and explore. We then went on to the city of Kotor which is a mini Dubrovnik almost, with a large wall surrounding their old city which was a total maze of streets, but since it was so small you couldnt get too lost because you kept ending up in the same place. Above the city is a church and fortress which we climbed the 1,500 steps to--it was quite a hike but breathtaking views! Needless to say, the way down was a much less sweaty endeavor...
I just want to mention that I bought a gorllla pod right before josh got here and had it mailed to his house to bring with him and it made our picture taking much more fun/enjoyable. Basically it is a tripod for a camera that bends and twists to be able to take pics from pretty much anywhere, so nearly all the pics you will see of the 2 of us from montenegro were taken with this contraption attached to my camera--i highly recommend it for anybody traveling without a group :) (pics will be added soon!)
On the way back to dubrovnik we took a "short cut" across the fjord. We put our car on a ferry and it traversed the narrowest part of the fjord (ride was about 4 minutes, took at least double that to load and unload the cars!). It was worth it for the experience tho!
Our trip back from montenegro was significantly longer than entering thanks to an inefficient Croatian border crossing, however. No clue what caused the backup (aside from lazy workers..) but we sat at the croatian boarder for a good hour--then it started to pour..
All in all, though, it was an awesome day trip and its one more country for us to check off our list of places to go and things to see!