Montenegro is a newly independent nation but its main attractions for visitors
are timeless–a welcoming strip of Adriatic coastline and an interior that is, as described on Lonely Planet’s Montenegro page, “a setting of dramatic mountains tufted with pine forests, dotted with lakes and scored by giddy-deep canyons.”

Montenegro‘s traditional music is primarily vocal, though often a gusle will accompany it. If you want to get a sense of rural life in Montenegro, in which the gusle makes an appearance, take a moment and watch this documentary on YouTube. (Ignore the language barrier; you’ll get the gist.)

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