... Kotor: Safe Haven for the Seamen ...
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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