Have you even heard of Montenegro? You might not have because this tiny nation just South of Croatia recently received it's independence from Yugoslavia (Serbia) in 2006. Montenegro means "black mountains" and it is apparent when you see the mountains from above almost spill into the sea. At one point you might think you were exploring a fjord in Norway, however that is not the case as they are coastal mountains. Montenegro is currently known as the newest country in Europe. Our family did a day trip from Dubrovnik, Croatia to explore the Montenegrin coastal cities of Perast, Kotor and Budva. The views were absolutely stunning on the Southern Dalmatian coast and through the Bay of Kotor to our first stop in Perast. In Perast we took a small ferry to visit the man made rock islet containing the "Our lady of the rocks" church. Rumor has it that an icon of lady Madonna was found at this site and then sailors laid rocks down in the Bay over many years until finally an islet was formed. The island featured an interesting chapel and museum. Soon we ventured back to our bus and traveled to our next stop which was the old city of Kotor. Kotor is unique walled city quite similar to Dubrovnik, but a bit smaller and even older. We walked around the old city while fighting the cruise ship passengers at the same time since their cruise ship was docked in the harbor. After a tasty lunch and stroll around the cobbled old town we made our way to our final destination in Montenegro. The last stop was a city called Budva. Budva is more touristic than Kotor and also featured a small old town surrounded by a medieval wall. All of these little coastal cities were scenic and unique in their own rights and definitely worth a visit should you have a chance to get down here. Tourism is starting to pour into little Montenegro and it should be positive for the people and the economy. I know we enjoyed our visit and would hope for more time in the future for a longer stay.