|A tiny part of the Medieval Venetian walled city of Kotor|
|In the pass heading into easternmost bay to Kotor|
|Looking back at the pass where we entered Kotor Bay|
Finally we dragged ourselves away from the perfect anchorage on the eastern side of Stradioti Island in the center bay of the Gulf of Kotor. It was time to move on to Kotor, the old walled Venetian town situated at the southern tip of the easternmost bay.
|The old and the new.|
|Looking down from mountain at the 2 islands off Perast. The pass to enter the easternmost bay of Kotor is to the right hand side of photo. In that background is a tiny portion of the center bay where|
we were anchored a couple of weeks.
|northern island off Perast|
|southern island off Perast|
|Looking back towards the 2 islands off Perast.|
It is not possible to anchor off these two islands. There are tour boats that will take visitors to the island of Gospa od Skrpjela; I did not see any tour boats visiting the island where the abbey is located. But, being the frugal folks that we are, we opted not to pay 15 Euro each for the four of us to visit the church. A few days later we took a small bus day tour to Tara River canyon and Durmitor National Park. On the drive back to Kotor we stopped high on a nearby mountain for an aerial view of these two islands. Very picturesque.
|Kotor is way, way, way down there somewhere.|
Back to the subject of this posting -- Kotor.
Kotor is nicer than we had expected.
Probably should have come here sooner but then the kids would not have been able to swim and kayak. Small private yachts like ours are berthed in the small inner harbor, where the water is not so clean and pristine, typical of all docks and harbors. Larger yachts and mega-yachts are docked stern-to in the outer harbor. Cruise ships visit Kotor almost daily. It can be impossible to see the inner harbor when a cruise ship is docked but it is easy to find once past the cruise ships and mega-yachts. Supposedly boats also can anchor across the small bay from the inner harbor docks, but a local guy advised us that sometimes the port authorities make those anchored boats leave the area.
|No idea name of this town. I liked the old church up on|
the mountain compared to the 3 new churches in town.
|Can you make out this section of the wall|
around Old Town Kotor? It starts at bottom
and goes up to the castle at top left.
Again taking information from our sailing guidebook: It is not known exactly how long people have lived here in Kotor. There was a settlement here in the third century B.C., and it is believed that settlement probably was Greek. Like all of the Dalmatian coast, this town changed hands many times -- being ruled by Illyrians, Romans and then under the Byzantium Empire. For varying periods it was ruled by the kings of Serbia, Hungary and Bosnia until 1391 when Kotor became an independent republic. The threat posed by the Turks made the town council decide in 1420 that it was better to throw in their hand with the powerful Venetian Republic. Venetian control lasted until 1797. Many of the fortifications, churches and other buildings in Kotor date from this period. After 1797 the rulers of Kotor included the French, Austrians, Russians briefly, and then the Austrians again. Kotor became part of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes after WWI.
|Another section of the wall leading up to the castle|
on left side of the small mountain.
|Main gate entrance. |
There are 3 gates in wall.
|Inside the main entrance. Thick walls!|
|This intrigued me. It was on the right hand|
side inside the main entrance. What do you
think that slot in the stone was for?
Directly across the street from the marina dock is a daily market outside the old city walls. Bill and I so miss the fabulous produce grown and sold in Turkey. This market cannot compare to a Turkish market but it was the best we have seen since leaving Turkey. There were even a few seafood and meat vendors inside the permanent structure behind the temporary produce stalls. A block or so down to the right from the marina docks sits a large supermarket. Across the street are some ruins that appeared to be Roman; but after reading the guide book I suppose these ruins were Greek. Not very extensive; must have been a very small community, whoever they were. Or maybe the Venetian city was built on top of the ancient ruins. Doubt that possibility will ever be explored by archaeologists because this walled city is not going to be demolished unless by a major earthquake.
|Just inside wall at main entrance is a large|
plaza area. Leading to the narrow streets.
I had searched online for a tour to the Tara River Canyon since we did not wait around in Bar for a wasted 5 days to do the tour from there. All the tours I found online were for white water rafting on the Tara River. Nope; not interested in doing that. Finally I found a day tour via small bus that included the Tara River canyon and the Durmitor National Park. This tour was offered by the Montenegro Hostel which is located inside the Old Town in Kotor. While Bill tested our boat batteries, the kids and I walked through the Old Town. We easily located the hostel and booked the tour for the following day. Then we toured the Maritime Museum which was located just a few feet away from the hostel.
|Ornate old guns|
|Ornate long old pistols|
|This old pistol was different. If the|
shooter did not hit his target he
could have used this to hit the
person on the head. Why the
|Some old large wooden blocks.|
Zachary's foot shown for size
comparison. He wears a man's
10 1/2 USA size.
|View from one of the museum windows|
|Another view from museum window|
All four of us could become real marina rats here. Would be very easy to do.
|Deciphering my notes on how to|
find the hostel
|Narrow streets of the old town|
Stay inside the boat during the heat of the afternoons. Then the city comes alive after 8 pm when temps cool off.
|The wall goes up the mountain. Hard to see in photos.|
|More of the old Venetian walled city|
One can walk all the way around on the walls of the old city. This would take a physically fit person about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. It would take me days. That little mountain is so steep that I honestly do not think I could ever make it to the top. Walking down would be easy. I'll just have to take the guidebook author's word for his opinion that the view from up there is worth the effort.
Not even the kids are willing to do that strenuous walk.