a propos those "well SP-pictured places of the Dinarics"... the fact they are so well pictured here doesn't mean that they are well explored... my head is full of ideas now:)
Thousands of Renault models coming straight from Louis de Funes movies age to encounter on Montenegrin/Albanian frontier :) Alive and kicking! /not counting those another thousands wrecked in local rivers ;)/
Best greetings my dear French Ghost!
"Thousands of Renault models coming straight from Louis de Funes movies age" LOL !!!
You're probably talking about the famous Renault 4. It was manufactured both in France and former Yugoslavia, which explains it. Seems that every ex-eastern-bloc country has its model, and this R4 is to YU what the Maluch, the Skoda, the Trabant and the Dacia were for others that you know well. My grandparents had one, and it was somehow the concurrent of the Citroën 2CV at that time. While the 2CV had a better road handling, the R4 was an incomparable SUV that even allowed going inside the fields and never get stuck ! For the story theirs made it to the top of Pic du Midi. For your culture, do you know how to differentiate a Yugoslavian R4 from a French R4 ? The headrest has got a hole in it. Tip from a car collectioner ! (my cousin's husband)
Back to the "well pictured Dinarics", there are few of places like this where you recurrently get back on their photos on SP, and despite they are not especially popular in the reality, make them somehow mythic via this portal. The view on your profile fb photo belongs to one of them.
"my head is full of ideas now" : I guess you are from now the next designated partner for Kamil ! :)
As far as our Maluch is concerned, Peterbud has just told me that the usually call it simply "POLSKI" in Hungary... I don't know if to laugh or to cry ! ;))) I didn't know that story about R4! thanks for enlightening me.
p.s: have you slept there ? This is the mythic view I'm talking about. Don't know how many times I've dreamt to visit Montenegro while scrolling the Prokletije and Durmitor pages...
The same impresions here for very long time Eric, believe me... No I haven't slept there, but I've spent one, absolutely brilliant day there, in Grbaja valley. Wonderful mixture of winter and spring in full sun.
What you describe reminds me a lot of few trips done in my former Pyrenees in a period of the year like late April. Still the end of the winter, but days are already almost the longest of the year. I miss this winter brightness, which I noticed even out of mountains while going back for Christmas. Haven't been (yet ?) to these southern Dinaric mountains, but that sounds to me like a mixture of Spanish Pyrenees for the climate, and Eastern Europe for customs and culture. I'm sure I would love it but no idea how and when... my wife will never let us go till Albania with the kid.... however I'm seriously hoping heading to take them with me to Croatia for 2012, alternating the sea with few places of Velebit range (well SP-described too), and possibly go as far as possible south... For now Slovenia or even the bright limestone of the easternmost Austrian alps bathed in the sun would fulfill my soul and my hunger of meridional mountains, haven't done a serious hike for ages...