I climbed. I saw. I climbed some more.

Trip Start Oct 15, 2013
Trip End Oct 27, 2013

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Montenegro.  I had no idea where this little nation was.  I had no idea it was an exquisite mountainous country right on the Mediterranean.  I had no idea that I would go there and be so impressed.

I will leave it to you to visit Wikipedia (like I did) to learn about how the this place been formed and reformed over the centuries, but rest assured it has been an independent country since 2006 when it voted independence from Serbia.

Marc and I split off from Phyllis and Joe for this day to get some good hiking in. Well, it was more a climb than a hike...up 1,350 stairs up to a height of 4,000 feet.  We had to do it to get to the fort that overlooks the medieval city of Kotor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the surrounding river canyon.
As we ascended we could see the full perimeter of the thick walls that encircled and protected the old city.  During this trip I have become highly sensitive to the way rock and stone has been used through the ages for building material, artistic medium, and tools.  Nowhere was this more apparent than in the city of Kotor where the beautiful city walls, houses, churches and public buildings are all made of stone and have been put to same use for hundreds of years.

As we huffed and puffed, our view of the valley floor became more and more bird's eye-ish. Our climb was accompanied by the loud chatter and laughter of children on the playground of a nearby school.  We were proud when we reached the summit and took a break to take in the vista and snap a few photos.

Back down at the bottom, we meandered the old stone streets, taking in the charm of the shops and buildings dating from the Middle Ages. 
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