This card arrived a few days ago from Ana, hostess of My World of Postcards, who spent part of her summer in the Montenegrin Riviera. She had sent it to an old post office box that I don’t have any more but, thankfully, the card was able to find me, all the way from the postcard rack where she first found it, pictured at right. If you had asked me from what countries I never expected to have a card, Montenegro would certainly be at the top of the list.
Montenegro has an interesting history, first established as a political entity (originally called Duklja) in the year 1042, but has only occasionally been independent since then. Throughout most of the 20th Century, it was unified with Serbia, but most recently declared independence in 2006.
By contrast, there is evidence that Budva was originally settled as long ago as the 5th Century B.C. In the photo, you can see the influence of the Venetian Republic on the architecture; Venice had the strongest military and the most cultural influence throughout the region during the Middle Ages.
Budva has become quite the summer vacation hotspot, with good weather and great beaches. Thanks to the popularity, the real estate market has been flooded with foreign buyers, and what was once a poor fishing village now has Europe’s greatest number of millionaires per capita.