Thursday 11 October 2012 - Thursday 11 October 2012
Our hotel in Podgorica is definitely a step up, so with more reliable internet we have pre-booked a hotel for tonight just outside of Kotor. We finally met some Canadians on our journey at breakfast. They are here doing work for the election going on now. Good to meet some english speaking people, even though they took a few jabs at Edmonton. It was a relatively short bus ride to Kotor from Podgorica (2 hours) through some amazing mountains. Montenegro is totally mountainous right to the Adriatic Sea. Took a cab to our hotel, the Palazzo Rodomiri, a historic hotel (which used to be a Palace, hence the name "Palazzo", built in the 1700's. The Hotel Bristol this is not, very beautiful to say the least.
It is about 3-4 km from the town of Kotor. The receptionist told us it is a nice walk along the sea to get there, so we took her advice and left for town after checking in. It was a very nice walk and we stopped along the way for a few drinks. The Bay of Kotor actually looks more like a lake as it appears to be totally enclosed by mountains, but there must be an opening as there were 3 cruise ships in the bay. You know it, made our way to Old town, except this old town is totally enclosed by walls. It dates back to the 9th century. It has little alleys going every direction, sort of like a corn maze, and as long as you are on the inside you will never really get lost.
Stopped later to have some dinner and headed out for the walk back to our hotel. Made a deal with Linda that we could stay there if we cut out cab rides! As she wanted no more Hotel Bristols on this trip she gladly agreed. This hotel has a variety of rooms to hang out in, and we enjoyed sitting back and taking in the sites having a drink before heading of to bed.
Tomorrow we are planning on tackling the hike up to the Fortress.