|Headed north from Ulcinj by bus to Kotor. The road follows the rugged coastline and is a spectacular drive - about 3.5 hrs. Olive trees, small bays full of hotels and beach resorts and cars - a lovely stretch of coastline. We arrived in Kotor and walked 1 km down into the town, and entered the old town through an entrance in the wall, and found a Lonely Planet hotel for 45 Euros per night - costs are increasing! Our room overlooks the wall and a small square full of the tables and chairs of the outdoor cafes. We walked a few kms along the waterfront. Kotor is at the head of the largest fiord on the Adriatic coast - it is surrounded by mountains and visually stunning.
On Monday we spent the day exploring the narrow streets and alleyways. Foud an internet cafe so cleared up a bit on the net, and then booked our next bus.
The food is tending towards a lot of fast food - burek, which is a pastry pie with a bit of filling, pizza ( EVERYWHERE!), and a kind of toasted sandwhich. Fish, as always, is the most expensive meal.
Tuesday 09 August. Got up early before the heat of the day and climbed 1350 steps straight up the hill behind us, to the top. The steps were part of a walled fortress centuries old (of course!) and at the top was St Johns Basilica. Half way up was an abandoned little church with goats around. From the top were amazing views over the fiord and valleys. Disturbed some goats on our way down - but got some nice shots.