Podgorica, Montenegro

Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. In recent history, the city was also known as Titograd from 1946 to 1992 during the existence of Yugoslavia. The city has undergone urban sprawl with private low rise dwellings. This is true even in the main shopping street where one-story houses are next to tall…

Cetinje, Montenegro

Montenegro makes me think of Tintin’s Syldavia or Franz Lehar’s Grand Duchy of Pontevedro in the « Merry Widow ». Cetinje is one of the historical capitals of the country. It has a population of 14,000 and is today the official residence of the President of Montenegro. The residence is the former palace of Prince Danilo (like…

Herceg Novi, Montenegro

This scene took place in front of the church of the Savina monastery in Herceg Novi. A Montenegrin family is introduced to a monk who seems to be the leader of the community. April 2014. Cette scène a eu lieu devant l’église du monastère de Savina à Herceg Novi. Une famille monténégrine est présentée à…

Ostrog, Montenegro

Blond sheperdesses exist in fairy tales, cartoons and in Montenegro. The country is one of the poorest in Europe. It officially split from Serbia on June 3, 2006 and both nations are currently trying to enter the European Union. April 2014. Les bergères blondes existent dans les contes de fées, les dessins animés et au…

Budva, Montenegro

In Budva, you may spot the difference in living standards between local people with their fishing boats and people living on yachts in the harbor. Budva is often referred to as the « Montenegrin Kuwait », because of the number of resident millionaires compared to its relatively small population. Following a real estate boom in the early…

Bay of Kotor, Montenegro

The Bay of Kotor is often wrongly considered to be Europe’s southernmost fjord. But who cares? The beauty of the bay with its islands and villages is undeniable. This local man did not seem to pay much attention to it though. April 2014. Les Bouches de Kotor forment une baie qui est souvent considérée à…

Petrovići, Montenegro

The Serbian name for Montenegro, « Crna Gora », means Black Mountain. This small country seems indeed to only be made of mountains. I met this shepherd on the road outside the village of Petrovići (41 inhabitants). He strangely had no sheep around him, was wearing a hunting jacket and had picked up wild daffodils. April 2014.…