Stefan Beach

Lil Dave and I woke up at 10 am on July 31, 2012.  Ivan was already up early.  I know why they call our room the Sun Room… it’s because in the morning the sun comes in the barely opaque ? curtains.  The sun woke Ivan up early…the lack of air conditioning means that once awake it’s kind of hard to get back to sleep again.

At 11:30 am, we headed to Budva’s Old Town.  We had lunch near the castle – I think it was called Mercur.  Ivan and I each had a hake sandwich which was really plain.  We also shared tasty blueberries with honey, lemon and liqueur.  Lil Dave got a banana salad and a banana milkshake.

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Exploring the shops in the castle was nice….lots of little winding streets to explore.  Ivan saw an exit in the castle that headed toward the beach, so we headed that way.

There was a cool beach, however we saw a pathway that led around the cliff and lots of people were walking on it, so we figured they must be onto something, and so headed to the path ourselves.  We saw the pretty statue of a nude lady doing some weird yoga move. 

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People were standing right near her on a nearby rock.

We walked on and found a nice beach with tons of chairs that we SOOO close together. 

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If you were sat in the back, you’d just see miles of people in front of you – NOT fun…but luckily we had no desire to sit on the beach at all, as it was so hot we just wanted to get into the water.

Ivan put our stuff down on the stones (no sand again!) near the water and we went in the cool water. 

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Lil Dave was determined to get a tan.  He thinks it will attract the girl monkeys – so he’s looking for a tan bronze orange color. 

This beach was already packed – it would be EVEN busier on a weekend.  Ivan and I played a game to see if the other person can guess which hand you put the rock in.  I thought I did well by doing 3 in a row, but Ivan beat me with 4 in a row. 

We walked to the bar for a drink.  Ivan and I each had a pear Somersby cider.  It was very refreshing since it was so hot out.  Lil Dave got a banana Somersby cider – don’t tell him but I just added a bunch of bananas to an apple juice to make it good for a young little monkey. We sat and chilled and enjoyed the beautiful views from the bar.

We walked back to another beach.  Ivan wanted to take a boat ride.  We got on board and sat facing the water.  Budva is beautiful.  The breeze felt good going through my hair.. It seemed like I didn’t have a care in the world.  The boat passed by the beautiful Sventi Stephan island. 

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The entire island is a resort that charges $1000 USD a night.  I wish we could visit, but it’s not open to the public.. although I think one beach is.

Ivan closed his eyes and nodded off a bit.  I didn’t want to disturb him, so I let him be.  I enjoyed the view as we reached Hawaii.  (yes that was really the name of the island – so at least I can now say I’ve been to Hawaii!!

Ivan, Lil Dave and I were so knackered (tired).  Ivan thought it was from the cider, but I think it was from Ivan not getting much sleep last night and the heat.  We took a long nap on the stones.  It was a shame that we didn’t get to check out Hawaii since we slept the whole time.

After an hour or so, the alarm on the phone woke us up, and we got back on the boat and we were taken back to Budva.

It was 6 pm when we got back to the hostel.

Later, Ivan and I had dinner at a nearby restaurant called Fratello Grill.  It’s right next to a tiny Auto Perionica (car wash).  We shared a lovely quince brandy.  Lil Dave got two grilled banana kebabs. 

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Ivan and I shared grilled sea bass, grilled squid and grilled vegetables (Yes the theme of the dinner was ‘grilled food’).  It was a delicious meal.  I’m glad Ivan read the Budva guide book that recommended this unassuming place. 

The rest of the night we took it easy at the hostel with Ivan using the internet and I worked on the blog.

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