Heading to the Beautiful Bay of Kotor

Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

After a day and a half in Budva, it was time to once again pack everything up and continue our journey north. Our next destination was the town of Kotor, a short drive away. By 9:30am, we were out the door and walking to the bus station. Google Maps had insisted that it was just a 600 meter walk, but my toe would definitely disagree with that assertion. We didn't have to wait long for a bus and were back on the road by 10:40am. 
The drive took a mere 40 minutes, so we were in the lovely town of Kotor before noon. Finding accommodation at the bus station is always a risky proposition. There was always the possibility you might find something amazing, but our experience so far had been bad. That said, when you roll into a new town every day or two, finding something right away is important. As such, we were willing to look at the pictures shoved in our faces by the various sobe owners as we climbed off the bus, but one particular guy's persistent shouting was too annoying and we just decided to leave all of them behind. I sat with the packs by the harbor and Konrad set out in search of accommodation. 

 While waiting, I met a Russian couple, Viktor and Svetlana, who proposed renting a car together and driving around the bay. We were considering something similar, so we swapped digits and made plans to catch up later in the day. I was then approached by a guy named Sasha who had some apartments for rent, so I described Konrad for him and told him to go look for him -- a move that turned out to be a good one. Konrad took a look at the flat and agreed to it, providing us with a beautifully remodeled, spacious apartment in a stone building inside the old town for two days. We even had a washing machine -- a definite bonus.

As usual, by the time we'd sorted out accommodation and eaten lunch, most of the day was already gone. We were determined to make the most of the hours we had left, so set out to explore the stari grad. It was the best we'd seen yet -- gorgeous labyrinthine marble streets connecting various piazzas to one another. The old town is set on a beautiful marina and at the end of the breathtaking Bay of Kotor, and backed by some craggy, forested mountains. There are a number of historic churches throughout the old town, as well as old buildings full of character (read: cool old doors and windows). 
We snapped a fair number of pictures, explored a few of the churches, and played with some kittens before moving on to the bay to gawk at the yachts anchored there. Since we were staying in an apartment, we thought we ought to take advantage of the opportunity to save some money and make our own dinner. After all the days of non-stop traveling and moving, it was delightful to spend an evening just puttering around the apartment, cooking dinner, doing laundry, and catching up on current events on CNN. We got in touch with the Russians and made plans to meet up the following morning at 10am to look into the car rental, then drifted to sleep in our cute apartment.
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