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2005. To celebrate my retirement we visited Budva in Montenegro for a couple of weeks with sister Ann and brother-in-law Michael. Fabulous! Budva is an old walled town (OK, it was almost destroyed by an earthquake in 1979 but has been lovingly rebuilt) and very attractive. A new town has sprung up in recent years and we stayed at the Admiral Club Hotel in the newer part about 1000 metres from the old town. The Admiral Club is 5 star by local standards (3 star plus by ours) and has only 32 rooms, excellent service and quite comfortable, not crowded so we had the pool almost to ourselves. The resort is very lively (not disco lively but a great place for families), very few Brits, mainly locals and quite a few Russians. Everybody is friendly and polite (as I said, very few Brits!) which makes for a great holiday. The pedestrian routes to the old town have loads of cheap souvenir stalls, a fair ground, children's play areas and very inexpensive restaurants (as long as you like meat or fish in large quantities - no place for vegetarians!). One restaurant we frequented more than any other was the JADRAN (not the cheapest or the most expensive) and this deserves a special mention because the waiters, the food, the entertainment (a local unobtrusive guitar duo) and especially the owner (Krsto) had such a positive influence on the holiday. Everything about Budva is HIGHLY recommended.
There was a day trip to Dubrovnik (on our last full day) so Ann and I decided to go (it was a long journey so Edna and Michael gave it a miss). Great day, if long and tiring. Even more tiring because we were being treated to a complimentary meal at JADRAN that evening and, wow did Krsto do us proud! Food kept coming, drink kept coming (Ann and I had already shared a bottle at lunch) and, the inevitable, "You can't leave yet".

Budva Old Town from a distanceThe mountains behind Budva
Budva Old Town from a distance and the mountains behind Budva

On Kotor Bay
Kotor Bay, on the way to Dubrovnik


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