Kotor Bay - frickin' beautiful!
Trip Start May 13, 2008
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The journey took maybe 3 hours all in before we were dumped at Kotor bus station. We took a taxi out to our apartment, and were literally overjoyed to discover how perfect it was (and what a steal it was, 40 Euros a night). The front door opened right out onto the water with probably the most spectactular "front garden" view I've ever been priviledged enough to witness. Absolutely stunning - I knew we were going to like it here.
We took a walk back into town to figure out how long it would take and to pick up some shopping for dinner this eve - maybe 30-40 minutes all in. The old town is pretty small, very laid back and easy to navigate around - lovely place to sit and watch the world go by.
Hot and sweaty after all that activity we took advantage of our front yard and went for a dip as the sun was going down!
Swimming henceforth became a customary wake-up and early evening activity in Kotor. Around the early evening it tended to storm, and sometimes we stayed in the water. A weird part of you feels better swimming in the rain, as if you've chosen to get wet, rather than suffering it. The world cup was also on at the time so we went out a couple of times to watch the games - there's not much of a party atmosphere here to be honest, and most of the tourists seem Eastern European (few Britons) so it was pretty chilled on the football front.
The second day I convinced Paul that he really wanted to climb the fort with me :D UnFORTunately I wasn't in the greatest condition to climb it after my overly cheesy lunch: pasta stuffed with cheese in a cheese sauce topped with melted cheese (no sign of the vegetables that claimed to be on the menu). Well I ate it because I needed the climbing fuel. But oh, how I lived to regret it! In between admiring the wonderful views on the way up, I was mostly found heaving into the weeds gracing the overgrowth of the hiking trail... lovely!
The fort at the top was a complete health and safety nightmare, which was massively refreshing and I took the chance to jump around on the roof and explore, realising it was probably a rare opportunity.
It was a stiff climb and we were sweating horrendously - in hindsight heading out at the height of the midday sun was probably an error but eh well, we survived.
In the evening we went to an amazing floating restaurant where I ordered absolutely NO cheese, and sampled Montenegro's token vegetarian dish (I'm actually glad they had one as it was unflappably delish), vegetable risotto. It was a beautiful evening and I was having a fantastic time here.
The next day we were contemplating getting a bus to Budva, but decided we were enjoying Kotor too much, and spent the day swimming, cooking, reading, sunbathing and relaxing :D Oh, and watching the gorgeous sunset again.
On our final evening there we went out for another awesome meal (amazing food and amazingly cheap despite the Euro) of vegetable risotto for me! Again the restaurant was right on the water, and the view was unreal. The perfect way to end our time in MNE (oh sorry, I am still there, yes!).
If you want somewhere in Europe that's cheap, has amazing scenery, few tourists and gorgeous weather, then go now before it's too late!