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Tara Bridge

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The canyon of the Tara river in Northern Montenegro is the deepest and
longest in Europe and claims to be the second deepest anywhere in the world.
After you know where.

Across the bridge, it's only a few miles to the Serbian border. Like the
whole of this region, it is dramatic and almost surreally free of the usual
trappings of tourism.

Most of the visitors you'll encounter are either Serbian or Austrian. The latter nation are assisting with putting some sort of infrastructure in place for mountaineers and hikers to visit.

I had a great, sweet, Turkish coffee watching the sun play on the rock and concrete. Travellers of a more nervous disposition may feel they need a stiff drink after encountering a lorry on a crumbling hairpin bend.

Caine says:

That is a fantastic bridge.

11th Aug 2008, 20:04

OJ says:

It is an amazing bridge, in a part of the world where bridges tend to have amazing stories.


11th Aug 2008, 20:24

Dhamaka says:

stunning shot and great story - thanks for sharing ( as a result it has just gone on my list)

11th Aug 2008, 20:33

OJ says:

I was trying to think of an elegant way to say that the Austrian/Serbian connections neatly encapsulate the history. But then the history of this region is way too messy for elegant summation...

edit: There is a statue of Jaukovic at the bridge. I have a photo, but you can imagine.

This is DSLR shot by the way. My K800i is unwell.

11th Aug 2008, 20:35

minkey says:

What a stunning view and with Turkish coffee, even better

11th Aug 2008, 20:35

OJ says:

I've got quite a taste for coffee you can stand your teaspoon in minkey.

Coffee in this part of Montenegro is universally available, always in china, not as a takeaway, and usually comes as Espresso (Italian), Deutsch (filter), Turkish or Domaci (domestic, very much like Turkish).

11th Aug 2008, 20:39

Dhamaka says:

Could imagine, would like to see it anyway...

11th Aug 2008, 20:49

OJ says:

I'm going to put a whole set of holiday snaps on FB Dhamaka, I'll make sure it's included. Wanted this photo to stand for itself.

11th Aug 2008, 20:53

Dhamaka says:

cool - and thanks

11th Aug 2008, 20:59

nige says:

Thats really quite something.

11th Aug 2008, 21:00

SLG says:

do you need a drink after a turkish coffee ?

This is a wonderful picture like the words that go with it too

11th Aug 2008, 22:01

OJ says:

You usually get a glass of water with it SLG.

11th Aug 2008, 23:24

SLG says:

Sorry.... turkish coffee was always an aphorism for hash!!

11th Aug 2008, 23:38

OJ says:

Oh, no this was actually coffee!

11th Aug 2008, 23:43

SLG says:

Ha ha ha sorry :-)

11th Aug 2008, 23:46

hildegard says:

That's some bridge....

12th Aug 2008, 00:39

Jane Doe says:

beautiful light. Were you driving yourself around on these hairy roads?

12th Aug 2008, 07:28

OJ says:

You can guess the time of day from the light, can't you?

V was driving us around those hairy roads...

12th Aug 2008, 11:56

crickson says:

Great shot, although I must say it looks a bit rickety to me...

13th Aug 2008, 02:27

Geodyne says:

It's stunning. I especially love the light.

I have to admit that I had to double-check the grammar of the post title though!

13th Aug 2008, 09:32

OJ says:

Were you hoping for a possessive apostrophe Geo?

Not rickety at all Crickson. It's very impressive, solid concrete.

13th Aug 2008, 09:53

Geodyne says:

I certainly had to make myself not read one - or a colon followed by an exclamation mark!

13th Aug 2008, 10:21

Geodyne says:

I certainly had to make myself not read one - or a colon followed by an exclamation mark!

13th Aug 2008, 10:21

Anonymous says:

It's a good thing it's not called Tara Canyon (which is actually the name of the canyon).

13th Aug 2008, 10:22

OJ says:

Ahem. Me.

13th Aug 2008, 10:23

Viv says:

a wonderful structure that compliments the landscape in colour and strength

14th Aug 2008, 12:22

JokerXL says:

Amazing place, fantastic light, great shot.
Horrible coffee.

14th Aug 2008, 17:00

OJ says:

Thanks Joker. There's nothing nicer than sitting with a (nice!) cup of coffee watching the light play.

14th Aug 2008, 17:07

JokerXL says:

I'll make you a (nice) cup of coffee one day OJ.
Turkish coffee is like Taramasalata, Pernod and the emperor's new clothes; someone, somewhere, said we should like it so we try to smile our way through the grimace as we swallow it down.
Yuk, I say! Wake up and smell the coffee!

14th Aug 2008, 17:25

OJ says:

I'm with you on the Taramasalata and Pernod but I love Turkish coffee. And nudity. Though not necessarily at the same time.

Are you putting enough sugar in? That is the secret.

14th Aug 2008, 17:33

JokerXL says:

Sugar is poison too.
I'm not even that keen on espresso, mine's a nice big cup of "Deutch", black, no sugar.

14th Aug 2008, 18:01