Fortunately, we found a vacant park on the side of the road not too far from the beginning of the steps up to the mausoleum. The 456 steps up the mountain were mostly inside a long tunnel. As the warm sun was becoming quite intense, this was welcome relief.
Up the top, our 360-degree view was interrupted by the great concrete mausoleum built to house the tomb of Petar II Petrović-Njegoš a Prince-Bishop of Montenegro, a jpoet and philosopher whose works are widely considered some of the most important in Serbian and Montenegrin literature. Gitti was the only one of our party who paid the €5 to go inside the mausoleum and out the other side where another viewing platform enabled her to see the rest of the view.
After we had taken countless photos, we made our descent and then drove back a few kilometres to park near the beginning of a walking track the woman at the information office had advised us was worth taking. We duly followed her instructions, although the 10-minute walk up the asphalt road took about 30 seconds, and the 1.5-kilometre uphill climb was barely 500 metres. Needless to say, we ended up going in the wrong direction, turning back when our track ended up back on the main road.
Once back at the car, we continued on towards the small town of Njegusi, stopping on the way for another photo opportunity — this time looking directly down on to Kotor. As the crow flies, it wasn’t that far away from us. The town of Njegusi is known for its local produce — smoked ham and beef, cheese, honey, wine and souvenirs. It was very warm in the afternoon sun as we wandered along the main road looking at the different stalls. We made some purchases in the smoke house at the back of one of the properties — the smell of smoked ham was very potent.
We arrived back at our apartment at about 3pm. I worked on yesterday’s blog and edited my photos ready to upload to today’s entry. Dinner consisted of the meats and goat’s cheese purchased in Njegusi, as well as shredded cabbage, cucumber & tomato salad, and potatoes with ham, prepared by Michael, followed by ice cream. We are now sitting around the table, ensconced in our individual iPads...beginning to fade. It is almost 9pm. Time for bed....and I am finally up to date with my blog!!!