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Trip Start May 20, 2010
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We motored through the gulf to Kotor where we checked into the marina here. It's just really the town wall with mooring lines attached. We could have anchored but we needed water and a chance to take our time ashore without worrying about anchors dragging.
Kotor is a walled medieval town, complete with moat, narrow cobbled streets and an amazing fortress 1200metres above it. With ancient walls that look something like the Great Wall of China.
As we came into the bay the look on Chris's face said it all. Not another pile of rocks! Not to mention........"do we have to walk to the top"
We stayed three nights and struck their local Bokor Festival. The Montenegrans are very proud of their sea faring and naval history. They have the oldest naval school in the world here. So they celebrate with a floating parade of yachts, dinghies, sail boats of all descriptions and floats built on dinghies representing communities or making statements about local issues. They parade past the main sea wall and right past our stern, lit up with music pumping out over the bay and then a huge fireworks display at the end. Then it is one great big party until at least 4am.
Very colourful and lots of fun. The winning float was titled roughly translated as the Smell of the Sea. And was a very large floating toilet. Definitely making a statement. There are a lot of places here where the town sewage is pumped directly into the harbour. And in the height of the season, with so many tourists around the old systems do not cope very well, so there is often that lingering smell!