Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Month of September....

It was good to see September come and be able to get back to work again.  We have enjoyed working on projects, meeting potential partners and traveling.  It's been fun getting to know our new member, Nenad, and being able to spend time with such an awesome young man.

During September we were able to travel to Igalo, which is near Herceg Novi, and spend some time with our friends at the Dnevni Day Care Center.  As we represent LDS Charities, we are happy to have finished a project with these good people who work with children with disabilities.

A small outside shelter was provided for the children and staff.  This gives them the opportunity to spend more time outdoors in a shaded area and provides extra teaching space.  A special swing designed for children with disabilities was also provided.

Crossing on the ferry on our return trip to Podgorica, this "little" yacht came cruising into the Bay or Kotor.  It rivaled the size of the ferry which hauls around thirty vehicles.

As we neared Podgorica, we decided to take a side trip onto a narrow road that wound down the mountain and into a small fishing village on the Rijeka Crnojevica.  This beautiful setting contained a few cottages, a hotel, and several samll street cafes.  An old triple arched stone bridge was built in 1853 and crosses the river that empties into Lake Skadar.  The Stari Most restaurant serves smoked carp and grilled eel from Lake Skadar.

Podgorica as seen from the mountains north west of the city.

We were able to spend a Saturday morning with our special friends, "Give Us A Chance" outside of the Delta City Mall.  They were celebrating a children's event called "Day of the Sun".  They have a display of their crafts for donation purchase.

Fortunately (or unfortunately) a new Pekara has opened about a block from our apartment which offers the most delicious pastries.  After a few added pounds, we have decided to limit our purchases.

A fun day trip during September was a visiting old town Budva.  It's interesting the way it was build right on the water's edge.  The area in old town has been completely renovated.  It's fun to wander the many narrow cobblestone passages and see all the interesting shops and restaurants.

One of the many outdoor cafes on the harbor in Budva

Boats of all sizes are anchored in the Budva harbor.

The tiny island village of Sveti Stefan is located not far from Bar and was built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.  In the 1950's, it was renovated and has become a tourist destination.  Many famous people have spent time at this resort.

Old town, or Stari Bar as it is called, is built right on the mountain side above the current municipality of Bar.  Most of the ruins were destroyed during a large earthquake in 1979.

An old olive press sits just inside the entrance to Stari Bar.  Can you image making olive oil with an piece of equipment like this?

The municipality of Bar has plans to gradually restore Stari Bar to it's original state.  As can be seen, it will take a great amount of work.

One of many beautiful sunsets in Podgorica.  Each day passes so quickly on this wonderful adventure that we are sharing here in Montenegro.