Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Savnik – Kotor, Montenegro
Up quite early, showered, packed and went outside. We bought some snacks and fruit at the grocery market next door. The view was beautiful – lush, green mountains; it was raining with hints of sunshine so we were able to see a vague rainbow. A very good beginning to the day! They served a very good breakfast: we had a choice from the menu, (no buffet today). We were served and it was hot!
We left at 9 am and went through the mountains again. It was raining off and on and the clouds were hugging the mountains. Because there was quite a bit of construction on the road, it took extra time and the potholes were big at times. At a viewpoint we stopped and took photos. The sky was dark, grey and then some lighter pieces of sky in among the clouds. It made for a very interesting reflection in the lake. We stopped again at a viewpoint looking over the Bay of Kotor. Beautiful view and a good opportunity to take some photos with a nice background.
We arrived at our hotel at 1pm. It was a big hotel and we were happy to hear that we got an apartment! The disappointment came when we discovered that there was no window that we could open. The only light came through the door which had a large window. Nor did it smell nice so we decided to ask for a room with possibility to get fresh air. We were accommodated and we enjoyed opening the doors to the balcony and to sit out there.
Our whole group went for lunch/dinner around 3pm. We sat at an upstairs, covered, outdoor patio with a nice view of the Bay of Kotor. We shared bacon wrapped chicken kebobs, french fries and grilled vegetables.
Asa group we went for our orientation walk to the old city. It was again like stepping in a long bygone time with narrow streets, cobble stones, churches, old buildings and lots of outdoor patios. It was busy with tourists.
Dusan told us a little about the history and added that Kotor is becoming a tourist stop for the large cruise ships – Dubrovnik has limited the number of cruise ships that can enter the harbour on one day – that has had an impact on Kotor.
The old city is built against the mountain; halfway up the mountain is an old fortress. Halfway to the fortress is a chapel where people in times of war and illness (like the plague) went to pray for healing and peace. Some of our group left to climb up the old stone path to the fortress.
We had free time after that; we explored the old city a bit more: found small alleyways, paid attention to cats roaming around or basking in the sunshine, and looked into an old Orthodox church. By then we were ready for ice cream which was easily found. Brian was getting tired and wanted to return to the hotel room. Eke felt like wandering around a bit longer, so Brian took a taxi back to the hotel and Eke wandered a bit more. She found a cat museum and for one euro looked at photos, articles and paintings of cats. There were two small kittens living at the museum. They were playful and loved to be held and stroked. The woman at the desk told Eke that they also feed the street cats in the old city. It was a nice, relaxing time.
After some more wandering, Eke met Christine and Gay at an outdoor patio and joined them for a cup of tea. We shared some of our experiences on this trip and shared a little of who we are in our personal life. We decided to return to our hotel and started the walk back (about 20 – 25 minutes). Halfway Christine and Gay bought some food and a bottle of wine for tomorrow’s boat tour and Eke bought some pastries as a replacement for the night’s dinner.
In the room we made a cup of tea and enjoyed the pastries. Time to relax and go to sleep!