This village was another destination in our Lovcen odyssey. This is an image of what is called a Spomenik. These were monuments created in Yugoslavia to commemorate World War II. Once, they were popular tourist attractions. Today, thousands of these monuments have been largely forgotten. When Susan and I visited Virpazar, we saw another Spomenik and asked what it symbolized, but nobody could tell us. I have loaded an image of that Spomenik as a comparison to the one I saw in Njegusi.
Here is the monument from Virpazar.
Our primary reason for visiting Njegusi was that it is a center of cured meat and cheese production. The ham produced there has been compared with the greatest prosciutto from Italy. We also wanted to eat at a konoba and to learn more about that style of restaurant and its cultural importance in Montenegro.
One of the important aspects of this village is that it was the birthplace of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos, a famous leader of Montenegro. Here are several images of his family's home.
Charles (Karlo) Baker-Clark
I am a university professor with interests in the relationship of food and culture. I am also a Fulbright Scholar and will deploy to Montenegro in September, 2014 where I will collaborate in teaching and learning about food and culture as well as food tourism. This blog is dedicated to sharing my experiences in Montenegro with you. It is also dedicated to my son Chad who mixes artistry and savvy in teaching people how to bake bread and make pizza.
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