Montenegro, aka black mountain, was a delightful surprise. I knew virtually nothing about this gem until arriving here. That’s probably because I’m not a jet-setter, as this is where they hang out. It’s a tiny country with just over 600,000 citizens, mostly Eastern Orthodox. It is about the size of Connecticut, with beautiful mountains and a billion dollar coastline. The Bay of Kotor is ranked one of the 25 most beautiful in the world. (Many of the others are Norwegian Fjords we’ll be visiting next summer.)
Montenegro gained its independence from Serbia in 2006 and hasn’t looked back! Today this little country is a magnet for foreign investment - think 5-star hotels, yacht harbors and vacation homes. The Russians particularly are buying everything in sight. Nearly all of the locals work in the tourist industry, which means they work only part of the year - summers along the coast and winters in the ski resorts in winter. Montenegrins are a tall and handsome people. They are reputed to be particularly lazy and hold a contest each year to identify the man who does the least. The prize of about 1000 Euros was won for the second year in a row by a man who did nothing for just over 36 hours!