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... deep blue kotor bay ...

July 13th, Tuesday was the day of my 'spontaneous' day trip to Kotor Bay, Montenegro. Before starting this Balkan journey, Montenegro was on my scratch paper. But, for some reason, I decided to skip that part, probably save some more time for other visits. However, I got an opportunity to get a daily excursion for a reasonable price, and I decided to do that trip instead visiting the Island Lokrum. 

Quoting from our tour guide, "Montenegro's best part which worth to visit is Kotor Bay. Especially the coastal towns of Kotor and Budva where we're going now." I asked about Podgorica, the capital, his answer was "It's totally a grey town, nothing to see" =) (No offense our Montenegrin friends, that's not me, my guide)

Our tour gave a short break on a hill where we can take pictures of Dubrovnik and Lokrum Island.

... churches of perast ...
Of course, I said "I wish to have a DSLR, shoot!"... again and again ...

By the way, there is a belief among Dubrovnik locals about Lokrum Island. They believe that the island is cursed. If somebody sleep on the island, he or she dies. Or if anybody purchase the island, curse goes with him/her. It was a story about a couple of monks who lived on the island, then somebody bought and demolish their temple, so monks cursed them and the people who bought the island etc etc.  The last person who bought the island was Franz Ferdinand, yes the heir of the Habsburg throne of Austro-Hungarian Empire. You know what happened to him, right?

Anyways, after the border, you passed through another coastal town: Herceg Novi. Our tour did not stop over there, and probably none of the tours make a stop. So we directly headed to Kotor. On our way, we gave another short break for taking pictures at Perast.

... a classic kotor view ...
This time two churches on two little islands were on our viewfinder. One is Catholic (Our Lady on the Rocks / Gospa od Škrpjela) and the other one is Orthodox ( St. George / Sveti Djordje) church, while one is located on a natural island, the fishermen built another one on the island they artificially made.  

Legend says , the islet was made over the centuries by the seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding the icon of Madonna and Child on the rock in the sea  on July 22, 1452.

... main square @ kotor ...
Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the Bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. The custom of throwing rocks into the sea is alive even nowadays. Every year on the sunset of July 22, an event called fašinada, when local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea, widening the surface of the island, takes place. (Wikipedia)

And we arrived the medieval town of Kotor. First object which my eyes caught on the city walls was a Venice Lion, and the second one was something cyrillic probably a quote by Tito. 

You can consider Kotor as a smaller version of Dubrovnik. City walls, narrow streets, cultural heritage etc.

... me & montenegrin kids ...
The old town is the most famous part of Kotor.It's pretty well preserved mediaeval town with it's significant architecture, UNESCO has listed this part of the world as a heritage site. Walking through those streets, you can catch amazing moments in your photographs. During your explore, you'll see several interesring corners and you'll arrive several small squares and monumental buildings. 

If you have time and you do not fed up with seeing city fortifications, you can visit the extra bulwarks and walls which is approx. 5 km long. I guess I saw enough fortifications for the rest of my life, so I'm done with that. However, good luck for you!

Oh, just a final notice... Montenegro use Euro only for the money currency, and if you want to exchange your money, only Banks can do that. Those banks do not work/open during national days. So, just learn the day you visit Montenegro is a national holiday or not. In other case, you might have money to exchange but there might be nobody can do it for you... Experience is talking :P

 

el_wray says:
You're more than welcome! I'm glad :)
Posted on: Sep 14, 2013
invizee says:
Thanks for this! Useful for my upcoming trip! :)
Posted on: Sep 11, 2013
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... deep blue kotor bay ...
... deep blue kotor bay ...
... churches of perast ...
... churches of perast ...
... a classic kotor view ...
... a classic kotor view ...
... main square @ kotor ...
... main square @ kotor ...
... me & montenegrin kids ...
... me & montenegrin kids ...
... bye-bye kiddo / dzenja dete ...
... bye-bye kiddo / dzenja dete ...
... welcome to Montenegro ..
... welcome to Montenegro ..
... our lady on the rocks church .…
... our lady on the rocks church …
... st. george church ...
... st. george church ...
... remember tito, or forget him, …
... remember tito, or forget him,…
... i guess this means town hall…
... i guess this means "town hall…
... another small square ...
... another small square ...
... maritime museum ...
... maritime museum ...
... fortifications ...
... fortifications ...
Kotor
photo by: benwielenga