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.
Kotor Bay, on the way to Dubrovnik