Kotor, Montenegro was the first stop that everyone raved about. A medieval walled city: quaint, stunning scenery and all small enough to see in a day. Apparently it is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic. And it showed! What more could we want in a destination? When I opened our curtains, I involuntarily exclaimed, “holy sh*t!” because this was the view from our room:
Seriously amazing. It was like the Alps, but on the Adriatic.
We had to tender in, and the view was just stunning.
We climbed this.. way high up!
The old walls and the river.
The buildings are all pretty Venetian looking as they were part of the Venetian Republic for centuries. They built the walls and most of the buildings.
The Kotor cathedral of St. Tryphon was completed just as ground was broken for Notre Dame in Paris. The two towers are different because a tower had to be rebuilt after an earthquake in 1667.
Kotor had tons of cats running around everywhere. It’s kinda crazy, but so stinking cute!
The climb up to the hill fortress was pretty tough. There were 1,350 steps to get to the top… It was also thundering and you could see lighting just across the bay..
The hike up was totally worth it though. This photo does some justice to a.) how big our ship is, b.) how high we climbed, and c.) the incredible sense of vertigo we got because we basically climbed straight up!
We loved Kotor. I can’t wait to be able to take a trip there for a week, rent a car and cruise the coast. There is so much more to see there. Beautiful.
Next up: Venice!