Monday, November 9, 2015
Kotor, gateway to Montenegro
We opted for a motor coach tour of the surrounding countryside. It was quite a ride. We ascended the steep slopes of the serpentine road with 25 sharp switchbacks to Lovcen Mountain. It was a one-lane road with very little or no barriers. Vehicles had to give way to buses so cars and trucks ended up either backing up around a switchback or passing by with centimetres to spare. I found myself breathing in a lot. The view was worth it as we saw the soaring Montenegrin mountains towering on one side, while opposite them was the beautiful bay.
Later we stopped at the museum of King Nikola. At the end of WWI the Serbians annexed Montenegro ending the reign of the monarchy. It was interesting looking around the old royal home with its period furnishings and many artefacts showing the connections to other royal houses especially Russian royalty. The Montenegrins are awaiting the return of the heir and his son, who live in Paris, early next year.
With the time change it was nearly dark when we arrived back in Kotor. Kotor's Old Quarter was developed within a small triangular area enclosed by town walls. The Venetians built structures that completely enclosed the Old Town and formed fortifications against sieges. The main entrance is the Morska Vrata. Above the gate a plaque bearing the date November 21,1944 commemorates the liberation of the city by partisans.
After returning to the yacht for a quick change of clothing (it had turned quite cool), we returned to the town meeting up with our Australian friends. We had decided that the barbecue and line dancing on the yacht were definitely not for us. Instead we found a charming restaurant where we had some lovely sepia nero risotto - squid ink risotto. We followed this with another walk around the town getting lost in the narrow streets, something we enjoy doing. It was a lovely ending to a perfect day.