Our expert Nikola went to see another Nikola, a stonemason in Orjen, in the hinterlands of the coastal town Herceg Novi:
My name is Nikola and part of my job is to tour Montenegro to discover authentic and unique places to share with you, dear travelers. Nice, isn’t it?
Now imagine a country, full of dark green, sometimes shiny, sometimes dreadful mountains. You did? Ok, now think of this country with sapphire blue sea that shows up on the horizon of it southern border. Checked?
I will tell you something about these mountains that arise high above the sea – they are full of limestone rocks, and those rocks are nothing but a paper for a gracious artist. If you really look deep inside those shapes you will see various figures – falcon, wolf, even a dinosaur! Those karst shapes are especially strong in area of Orjen massif in the hinterlands of Herceg Novi, just above Bay of Kotor, and they are a great inspiration to a local stone-mason Nikola who lives in a fairy village.
Ready for some more imagination? No need, I’ll give you a picture of all-stone village where Nikola still lives in. Orjen proudly rising from one side, Adriatic spreading its azure blue from the other and in the middle proud Montenegrins made their own miracle of the stone. Nikola says that he never uses the drill, as he would disturb the perfect natural balance of the area, only his strong tilt hammer. His mastery with stone can only by matched by the hospitality and cuisine skills of himself and his lovely wife and daughter. Great food served in traditional konoba under the stone theater of Orjen figures – perfect conclusion to a hiking day in the highest Montenegrin coastal mountain.
Your eager wanderer,
A word about the author
Originally from Cetinje, the ancient and charming capital of Montenegro, our expert Nikola (or “Nik”, for friends) is the Operations Manager within Montenegro Eco Adventures. He loves to travel, always learning more about his own country (which he already knows in his pocket). This optimistic guy with pleasant nature has some advice for travelers: “Go and meet the Montenegrins. Taste the delicious local food and be careful on the road as the locals drive fairly quickly!”