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Sep 16, 2016 - Everything you never knew about Montenegro

Day 5 I rose super early...eek before 6:30 am to watch the moon set over Montenegro. We've slid into a bit of a routine, where I dash out for our morning smoothies and then head to the Executive lounge for coffee and toast for breakfast. I also took the opportunity to get some photos of the vessel when there were few people around. Kotor Bay is very long and takes several hours to navigate before you end up at the actual port. We arrived 3rd in line for a port that can only dock one vessel. In this case, I'm assuming size matters, as the...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Kotor Montenegro

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016 Kotor Montenegro We left Croatia and wound our way down the coast and then a long waterway, through narrow channels and anchored out at Kotor. There were two other cruise ships in port - one at the dock and the other anchored. We had no plans for tours here, and we just wandered around using the Rick Steves guidebook. We found three interesting churches. The first church is Saint Tryphon, Roman Catholic, where his relics reside. Another church in particular, Saint Nicholas, Orthodox, made us think of our friend...

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May 4, 2016 - Kotor Montenegro

Another beautiful city - the ship had to navigate a fair bit inland to reach a site to anchor. We took a water taxi to Kotor and did a "hop on and off" tour of the city. There are many stories and legends about the sailors and the man maid island that was built in the middle of the bay for Mary. Every July 22 they circle the island and drop rocks into the water to maintain the perimeter of the island. We visited the old town and naturally checked out their coffee selection and bakery! I am so enjoying the coffee quality here..... Ship...

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Apr 23, 2016 - Montenegro

Montenegro (Black Mountain) - Small country previously from Yugoslavia. Created in 2006, approximate population of 600,000. Beautiful country with huge bay (consisting of 4 bays) surrounded by mountains. Visited Church of Our Lady of the Rocks - outside the town of Perast. A church in the middle of the bay created hundreds of years ago. The story is that a couple of sailors saw the image of the Virgin Mary in the water. They felt this was a miracle and with the townspeople decided to build a church on that spot. They tried building an...

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Jun 14, 2015 - Kotor, Montenegro

Sunday, June 14 We had a pleasant morning sitting on our balcony reading and relaxing and enjoying the water and sea air. Being on the port side of the ship we had a great view of the coastline as we approached the entrance to the deep waters of the Bay of Kotor. The bay is surrounded by sheer high cliffs. It certainly looks like a fiord, but they are formed by glacier activity. What we were in is called a “Ria” an ancient river valley that was flooded by a change in sea levels. Nevertheless, on a bright sunny day the scenery was...

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May 2, 2015 - Majestic Montenegro

Here is another place you never expect to find yourself. So called black mountain due to the dark appearance on the very steep, fjord like rises on either side of a well hidden deep water port. Quite striking. We have seen a lot of churches. The one today is singular amongst all of them. Founded because two fisherman in the 1500s found this painting of the madonna and child oooout in the bay....on a rock? WHile seemingly implausible, there is the painting, made on cyprus. The fisherman and town filled in around the rock with more rocks and...

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Oct 2, 2014 - If It's Thursday, It Must Be Montenegro

Remember the '60's movie "If It's Tuesday, It Must Be Belgium"? It felt a little like that today as for the second time in a couple of weeks we drove an hour or so and found ourselves in a different country, this time the independent (since 2006) country of Montenegro. The most beautiful geographic feature of this tiny country is its magnificent fjord-like Bay of Kotor, ringed by picturesque little fishing villages and one centuries-old major city, Kotor. Border formalities are treated seriously here (are you listening, Mexico?), but after...

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Sep 23, 2014 - Kotor, Montenegro

Thunder and lightning show in the night. Very windy and rain too but just the balcony railing got wet. I set the alarm for 6:30 as we are in Kotor, Montenegro today. What an incredible view cruising up this narrow channel with high mountains and buildings down along the water. It is like a scene from a fairy tale. We get ready to tender in and the line stops moving.....for 30 minutes. It has gotten so windy that the tenders can not safely get from ship to shore. Finally, they start going again. The waves are huge but the ships lifeboats...

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Jun 5, 2014 - Day @ Sea

5 June 2014 A day at sea and a nice long lay in after our busy day yesterday. I brave the hairdressing salon and am very pleased with the result. The Lotus Spa is a very busy place with many massage rooms, beauty therapies galore, saunas, plunge pool and just heaps of options to spend ones precious holiday dollars; very tempting indeed. We spend the afternoon relaxing, reading and enjoying the sunshine and lovely blue skies. So OK, life can't always be perfect can it......the downside is the internet, having started my travel blog in Rome...

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Jun 4, 2014 - Kotor, Montenegro

4 June, 2014 Today we docked in Kotor in Montenegro; we wake up to the most beautiful view, surrounded by mountains and lovely old homes that spill out of the mountain down to the waterside. Kotor makes up part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses a well preserved medieval old town and the centuries old St. Tryphon Cathedral. The weather is warm and sunny and we set off on our first shore excursion, which will include a visit to Budva, a highlight of the Montenegrin Riviera. After we are tendered from the ship to the quayside, we all...

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May 29, 2014 - Shipshape

The day dawns a little cooler than it's been for a while, clouds slowly dancing across the sky. My decision to climb the town walls the evening before seems serendipitous. Kotor's old town isn't hugely different from those of Budva and Split, although not as dramatic as Split. It's a nice enough place to spend a bit of time though, and I prefer it to Budva. I stop by the cathedral: larger and more impressive than the churches I visited in Budva. Now that I'm in Kotor I'm struggling to understand why so many people flock to Budva rather...

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May 28, 2014 - Mountaintop moments

On the bus from Budva to Kotor this morning I realised that I now only have one more bus journey left: from Kotor to Dubrovnik. As recently as a week ago when I counted out my remaining bus journeys, the prospect filled me with nerves. Now I feel sad to think I only have one left. It's not that I've suddenly fallen in love with buses - I most definitely have not - but the sense of freedom? Absolutely. I wish I could bottle this feeling. I'm not the only one: talking to other travellers on the road they say the same thing. Regardless of...

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