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Montenegro

Montenegro is emerging from the shadow of Yugoslavia and began to be admired for the beauty that is. No longer must visitors think they will fall by the edge of the world when traveling east beyond Dubrovnik. Sapphire blue Adriatic Sea Croatia does continue. But here is supported by a steep mountain range of gray, leaving enough room for a strip of coastal cities in a sweep of sandy beaches and small coves stretching to the border with Albania.

Historic walled towns as Stari Bar, Budva, Kotor and Herceg Novi are ideal for exploring, and anywhere along the coast you can find private rooms in a rest-away village by the sea. The interior is a setting of spectacular mountains, crowned with pine forests dotted with lakes and dizzying marked by deep canyons. The highest region, the Durmitor National Park is a favorite for winter skiing and summer hiking in a pristine mountain scenery, while Tara canyon deep down, beams intrepid defied their rapid fall. So much for a small country – the world’s newest nation.

While only 293 miles long, the packages off the coast of Montenegro in some of the best coastline of the Adriatic has to offer. From the border with Albania, endless sandy beaches, interspersed with small coves of fishing boats floating, carried all the way to a dramatic end of the fjord of Kotor on the border with Croatia.
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Kotor, with its picturesque walled city located in front of the deepest fjords of southern Europe has a more dramatic setting of Montenegro. In a gloomy climate of the atmosphere becomes all dark shades of Wagner and cut the fingers of sunlight, while on a sunny day the wind-waves in the water sheen purple. Stari Grad (Old Town), located in the lee of a mountain, is a maze of cobblestone streets linking small boxes that contain the old churches and ancient aristocratic mansions.

Réunion

Oh la la! After a long haul flight, you step off the plane and you’re greeted with bonjour. Then breakfast croissants and chocolate Chaud (hot chocolate). At first glance, the island of Reunion is like a piece of France teleported to the tropics. But beyond the Gallic style, you’ll soon realize it is a resplendent tapestry, which also combines influences Indigenous, African and Chinese.

Protruding from the sea as a basaltic shield wrapped in green, Réunion is a mini-Hawaii, with an impressive geographic diversity. Within an hour or two, transforms the landscape of lava fields in lush primary forest, from the jagged peaks of the extensive coastal cities. The West is the Riviera of Reunion, a long series of suburban beaches and resort towns, including dazzling Canota Boucan. The piece de resistance is Les Hautes and the volcano. Piton de la Fournaise is one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes active and depending on the whims of nature, you might even witness fiery red molten lava. When the volcano has finished working its magic on you, there are horses to ride, majestic mountains to walk in circuses, or glider in Saint-Leu, slopes to dive, great waves for surfing, extinct volcanoes to fly again and canyons to explore. But not everything is about the nature, landscapes and adrenaline – Reunion has its cultural gems as well, with brave Creole style architecture-as-can-be villages and religious buildings and colorful festivals.

Let’s be honest, though. The Meeting is a tropical island, but that does not fit the cliché of an Edenic paradise bathed by the sun. Sure, you will find attractive palm ruffled stretches of sand, but none that rivals super sexy beaches that are de rigueur in the Seychelles and Mauritius. All the best for you: the mega-resorts are nonexistent. Open the Pandora’s box, and you leave the island proclaiming to the world that The Rénion lé gadiamb (‘The Meeting is wonderful, “in Creole).

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