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There are many ways to get to Montenegro Adriatic Coast, my taxi driver assured me, raising his voice over a chorus of horns that angrily saluted his laissez-faire attitude toward lane use during morning rush-hour traffic in Belgrade. ‘But it makes no sense to take the train.’ He weaved through less aggressive vehicles like a skier clearing slalom gates. A cold, grey autumn rain began to fall harder, drops beading down my window, as the main railway station came into view.
There are many ways to get to Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast, my taxi driver assured me, raising his voice over a chorus of horns that angrily saluted his laissez-faire attitude toward lane use during morning rush-hour traffic in Belgrade. ‘But it makes no sense to take the train.’ He weaved through less aggressive vehicles like a skier clearing slalom gates. A cold, grey autumn rain began to fall harder, drops beading down my window, as the main railway station came into view.
‘Let me take you to the airport,’ he sounded genuinely concerned. ‘You will be in the sea and in the sun and with a beer in half an hour. This thing you are doing, it will take all day … and into the night.’ He finally relented as we pulled up to the curb: ‘At least buy water, sandwiches, and toilet paper.’
The cabbie left me in front of the crenellated railway station, a faded Habsburg-yellow throwback opened in 1884. He was already speeding off to advise another tourist before I could throw my bag over my shoulder. Inside, I found the ticket office. The woman behind the glass informed me that the trip from Belgrade, Serbia, to Bar, Montenegro – on the Adriatic edge of the Balkan Peninsula – takes 12 hours. It costs 21 euros (there would be an additional three-euro charge for a seat reservation). ‘Yes, there is a bakery nearby,’ she said and pointed. ‘It is behind you. The shop for water and tissues is next to it.’ She slid the window closed, stood, picked up her pack of cigarettes, and disappeared.
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That sense of old-world drama would serve me well, I would soon learn, along this route. On the outskirts of the Serbian capital – as I settled into my seat in a weathered, six-person cabin – we passed Topčider Station, where the hulking locomotives from Yugoslav leader Marshal Tito’s famous Blue Train are stored. The behemoths sat dishevelled, graffitied, but still regal and almost lifelike, wishing me a safe passage to the outer lands. Within an hour, the tangle of urban metal and concrete unravelled, and the countryside spread out in all directions with the urgency of a jailbreak. The sun came out as wet, emerald-green hummocks began to play leapfrog across the vista, rolling until they dove out of sight over the horizon.
Though the Belgrade–Bar line doesn’t have a sexy moniker (like the Royal Scotsman or Rocky Mountaineer), the Yugoslav Flyer would be appropriate. When construction began on the 476km railway in 1951, the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was in its infancy: a tenuous post-WWII cadre of states on the Balkan Peninsula’s western half. By the time the route opened in 1976 – complete with 254 tunnels and 234 bridges winding down from the Pannonian Plain to the island-studded Adriatic Sea – the country had implanted itself as a geopolitical force and a synapse between the West and the Soviet Union.
Yugoslavia has since splintered into seven nations. The railway, thankfully, endures, connecting Serbia to Montenegro with a brief blip across Bosnia & Hercegovina’s eastern border. But the line’s existence represents more than just a continued, now international, transport option. These tracks are the Balkans – and a lifeline to a swath of land where cultures have intertwined since before history. Here, the train takes adventurers across vistas crisscrossed by Greeks and Illyrians, as well as the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Along the way, visitors have a literal window onto a living museum frozen in time.
Those natural exhibits were on full display as we rumbled through the foothills of the Dinaric Alps in the southwestern corner of Serbia. When we crossed the border into Montenegro, the museum’s lineup of canvases – pristine panoramas and landscapes – changed again. The Western Balkans’ rotating collection now included towering mountains and canyons that engulfed us whole.
‘I had no idea what to expect,’ said Colin Smith, a fellow passenger and UK native. Outside the window, an old couple leaned against pitchforks next to haystacks. Behind them, vegetable gardens and a small-but-dense orchard of plum trees surrounded a stone farmhouse. ‘But I am so surprised by the beauty: the mountains, steep ravines and endless drops.’
Before I went to sleep that night, I remembered my taxi driver: ‘But it makes no sense to take the train.’ Lying in bed, I could hear the sea washing onto the shore outside my rented apartment’s window. If I ever saw him again, I would make sure to tell the cabbie he was right: a flight would have been much faster and easier, and more sterile.
Book tickets (and separate necessary reservations) at the station a day in advance. There are 1st- and 2nd-class options. Night-train passengers can choose between couchettes or sleepers (with two or three beds). A one-way ticket (from Belgrade) costs 21 euros; a reservation is necessary and costs an additional three euros. Second-class couchettes on night trains cost an additional six euros. A bed in a three-bed sleeper is 15 euros; a bed in a two-bed sleeper is 20 euros.
The Belgrade–Bar railway line runs twice per day, in both directions. From Belgrade, the train departs at 9:10am and at 9:10pm; the trip takes 12 hour.
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Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum by Gucci is a Floral fragrance for women. Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum was launched in 2010. Top notes are Peony, Citruses and Mandarin Orange; middle notes are Osmanthus and Rose; base notes are Sandalwood, Patchouli and Pink Pepper.
The new edition,Flora by Gucci EDP, can be expected on the market at the beginning of 2010. This version was announced as more intense, deeper, seductive and richer. Notes of Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum promise the same youthful and optimistic expression of the composition as it was offered by EDT. The difference lies in stronger concentration of the EDP edition. Flora by Gucci was envisaged and created by Frida Giannini who was inspired by Gucci floral pattern used first as a scarf for Grace, Princess of Monaco. Floral motive has been enchanting women with glamorous and feminine details for decades.
Flora by Gucci Eau de Parfum is characterized by fresh notes of agrums in the opening, combined with beautiful peony. A heart introduces balanced aromas of rose and osmanthus, while a base is created of patchouli and sandalwood. The more opulent, stronger and more powerful EDP has the same flacon as the original edition, but is decorated with gold details on a black bow ribbon, black cap and darker liquid. The fragrance arrives in January 2010.
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10 Jewelry Essentials Every Wardrobe Needs
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Every wardrobe has certain must-haves to keep dressing streamlined and easy. Jewelry essentials follow much the same rules of a capsule wardrobe—the best jeans, sweater, T-shirt, jacket, etc., translate to certain classic and timeless jewelry essentials.
The perfect diamond studs and chain necklace are just as big of a fashion crutch as blue jeans and a white T-shirt. Narrow enough to keep getting dressed stress-free while also keeping you looking top-notch. Think of this as a foundational buy you can turn to daily, but one that still leaves room for those special purchases to give your look personality.
Below, our guide to the 10 pieces of classic, timeless jewelry that will never lead you astray.
There’s a reason the stud is your first earring. Besides the whole piercing process, it simply goes with everything. They add an easy touch of sparkle that can be worn no matter the occasion—gym and pool included.
Mateo 14-karat gold pearl earrings
$325 AT NET-A-PORTER
Tiffany Elsa Peretti Diamonds by the Yard earrings
It’s a classic style that delivers subtle attitude. Big or small, hoop earrings make a statement without being over the top.
Jennifer Fisher Lilly mini hoop earrings
$200 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Mejuri Pavé diamond huggie hoops
$250 AT MEJURI
Adorn your arms with a single bangle bracelet or stack them up—the latter will create the most delightful jingling sound. They pair well with just about everything, from a cable knit sweater to a breezy sundress.
Sylva & Cie rose gold diamond bangle
$14,125 AT MODA OPERANDI
Monica Vinader x Kate Young bangle
750 $525 AT NORDSTROM
A pendant is an easy way to wear something meaningful (your initials, your zodiac sign) close to your heart. Best of all, there’s no need to wear just one.
Foundrae Disk Drop necklace
$1,445 AT NET-A-PORTER
Sophie Buhai tiny heart pendant necklace
$375 AT SSENSE
Gold Chain Necklace
Thick or thin, gold chain necklaces are an essential. A more chunky style will add an edge to your ensemble (perfect for power dressing), while a wispy chain adds a bit of femininity. You’ll likely need one of each.
Laura Lombardi Calle gold-plated necklace
$268 AT NET-A-PORTER
Lizzie Mandler gold chain-link necklace
$5,110 AT MATCHESFASHION
Pearl necklaces are passed down for a reason—they will absolutely never go out of style. We love a double strand with various-sized pearls, but you can’t go wrong with the classic single stand either.
Sophie Bille Brahe Petite Peggy necklace
$2,750 AT NET-A-PORTER
Loren Stewart Belisimo pearl strand neckalce
$345 AT SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Stamped with your initials, glittering with diamonds, or shiny and bare, a signet is the perfect ring for your pinkie. No other ring on your hand is necessary—but, of course, welcome.
Jade Trau signet ring
$3,800 AT NET-A-PORTER
Ferian Galleon Wedgwood gold signet ring
$915 AT MATCHESFASHION
Wearing more than one ring on a finger can take some strategy. Do they fit snuggly on top of each other? Do they add too much bulk to your digit? A simple gold band is a great starting point but better yet, opt for an already stacked multi-ring style that will do all the work for you.
Phillips House Enchanted Sash pinky ring
$1,550 AT PHILLIPS HOUSE
Spinelli Kilcollin Nimbus ring
$2,900 AT MATCHESFASHION
Playing with the gold and silver hues in jewelry is fun but so is the blue of a sapphire or the deep red of a garnet. A colored stone accessory is the easiest way to add a bit of dimension to your all-neutral ensemble or bring out the flecks of green in your eyes.
Mateo Point of Focus ring
$1,375 AT MATEO
Ear rings are one of the most popular accessories for women around the world. These small pieces of jewelry can enhance any outfit and add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any look. Ear rings are versatile and come in a wide range of styles, materials, and designs, making it easy to find the perfect pair for any occasion.
Ear rings have been worn for thousands of years, with evidence of their use dating back to ancient civilizations like the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. Initially, ear rings were made from materials like bone, shells, and wood. Later, precious metals like gold and silver were used to create more intricate designs.
Today, ear rings come in a variety of styles, from simple studs to bold hoops, elegant drop earrings, and trendy tassel earrings. They can be made from materials like gold, silver, platinum, and various types of gemstones, as well as costume jewelry made from plastic, beads, or other materials.
Ear rings are not only a fashion accessory but can also have cultural or symbolic significance. In some cultures, ear rings are worn as a symbol of marital status, while in others, they are seen as a sign of wealth or social status. In addition, ear rings can also be used to express personal style, with some women choosing to wear ear rings that reflect their personality or interests.
When choosing ear rings, it is important to consider your face shape, as certain styles can enhance or detract from your facial features. Round faces, for example, are best suited for longer, dangling ear rings, while square faces can be enhanced with hoop or round earrings. Similarly, it is important to consider your outfit and the occasion when selecting ear rings, as different styles can complement or clash with your overall look.
In addition to style and design, it is also essential to consider the quality of ear rings when purchasing them. Quality ear rings will be made from high-quality materials and will be sturdy and durable, ensuring that they last for years to come. It is also essential to pay attention to the closure of the ear rings, as a secure closure can prevent them from falling out or getting lost.
In conclusion, ear rings are a versatile and fashionable accessory that can enhance any outfit and express personal style. With a wide range of styles, materials, and designs, it is easy to find the perfect pair of ear rings for any occasion. When selecting ear rings, it is important to consider your face shape, outfit, and the occasion, as well as the quality of the ear rings, to ensure that you get the most out of this beautiful accessory.
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