Today we headed into the mountainous fjord, an inlet from the Adriatic Sea, of Montenegro. Our guide informed us that this area is an area known for its silk production with its mulberry trees. The women used to put the cocoons in their bosoms to keep them warm. Of course, now the worms are all hatched with environmental controls, powered by electricity.
We also saw what was left of many dairy farms destroyed during war, which never came back. Hard to bring back agriculture now, our guide said. No one wants to work fields.
We had two border crossings each way; and at two of them, our driver gave Two bottles of water for a "bribe" at the border so we didn't have to have the passports scanned. Apparently, they like bottled water.
Our guide told us how the local currency, the "dinar" had out of control inflation. There was even a note for a billion dinar. So he said he was a poor billionaire before Montenegro switched to the Euro.
Famous mimosa yellow flower is the flower of Montenegro, but it is actually from Australia.
Known for big food portions. They give visitors free fish in February.
Drinks have lots of cool traditions. Two types of wine. Red is Branatz or black stallion. Dark color. And a white as Crystatz. And grappa. Two kinds 60% alcohol or grappa lite, which is only 45%. Haha.
Schlivovitza is a plum brandy or grappa.
Food is usually from other countries. Chalapi (minced meat fingers) and baklava and goulash. Montenegrin plate like antipasti with special prosciutto that takes 6 months to cure.
July 22 is fascianata to support the Lady of the Rock island church. Everyone carries rocks out in their boats to try to build up and reinforce the artificial island from the 15th century.
Montenegrins are second tallest in the world to Holland.
Pillory of shame, people were chained to it for public punishment.
Then we said our goodbyes at the farewell dinner. I will miss hearing our new friends Sue and John call Tom a "Pommie" and say "bugger" and "sugar."