We entered the Bay and sailed for about 45 minutes to finally make it to the City of Kotor.
|Our ship in the bay on our way to Kotor.|
|Church on the side of the mountain|
It was incredible, as the ship docked a short stone's throw from the walled city.
Julie had arranged a tour and the four of us disembarked and met up with our guide. He was a local and really told us a lot about the history and current culture of Kotor. It's kind of strange to be in a country that is roughly 20 years old. We drove up the side of the mountain to get a look at the city. Normally folks go through a tunnel to get to Budva (our destination), but he took the long scenic way. The views were incredible.
|This looks like a postcard!!|
The walled city has the longest continuous wall in Europe at about 4.5km long. It goes way up the hill to a fortress and back down. Later in the day, we talked to some ship members that walked up and back (it was VERY STEEP).
|Kotor and wall going up the side of the mountain|
|Top half of the wall with the church and fort at the top.|
|And the church|
On our way to Budva, our guide talked about how old habits die hard. Under Yogoslavian rule, there was an incredible amount of corruption in the government and so the only way to get things done was via bribery. Things had gotten a little better as an independent country, but some of the same people were around and sometimes you still had to resort greasing a few palms. He was thankful that Kotor was a Unesco World Heritage site, so there were a ton of restrictions on building to keep the same style.
|On our way to Budva|
Before stopping at the walled city, we drove another 6km to the island of St. Stephen. The island was originally a true island, but recently they built a causeway to connect it. The whole island is a 5 star resort with about 50 large rooms and cottages. It apparently is ultra plush.
Returning to Budva, we stopped and wandered around the walled city. After showing us a couple of churches, our guide gave us time to wander and he waited for us in a coffee shop. The city was not very big, but incredibly cool. Lots of small, curvy streets, several churches, ruins, etc.
After Budva, we went through the tunnel back toward Kotor. We stopped and went into the walled city and wandered around. Again, another incredible walled city, but significantly larger. We visited several churches and marveled at the wall built up the mountain.
|The beginning of the walk up the wall.|
|View from the front gate of the city to the ship.|
Eventually we returned to the ship, hung out and got ready for our big evening in the Vintage Room.
|The sail out|
Here is the incredible menu:
Some of the wines
|Poached Lobster Tail|
|More wine... More wine!!!|
|Wagyu Beef Tenderloin|
|So Much Laughing - Everyone Had a Great Time|
|Chocolate and Cassis Dessert came looking like this|
Then this is what they did to it.
|And the final version!!|