1350 Steps (Each Way)

Trip Start Oct 24, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Kotor Fortifications

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Monday, September 5, 2011

Monday was our last planned day in Kotor (and Montenegro, unfortunately), so after parting ways with the Russians, we determined that we probably had enough daylight left to take on the fortress hike. Extending 4.5 kilometers over the city are Kotor's historic fortified walls. The walls are still in good shape, though there are sections where the steps have been eroded and are essentially missing. 
Visitors can hike the 1200 meters up along the cliffs to the top of the fortification -- a total of 1350 steps. In spite of my bum toe, we decided to give it a go, finally getting underway around 5:30pm. Considering my limitations, I actually did fairly well: we made it to the top in a little under an hour -- and that's including the time we "wasted" stopping to snap pictures as the view of the bay and the gorgeous town got better and better with each step. 
Going down was more difficult for my toe, so it took about the same amount of time for us to descend as it had for us to go up. On our way down, we were able to watch the sunset and had a view of some forest fires across the bay and the efforts to fight them.

It was nearly 8:00pm by the time we reached the bottom, so it seemed a smarter choice to go out for dinner rather than try and get to the store to buy everything, haul it back to the apartment, and then cook it all. We'd been able to skip the usual pizza meals for a few days, so were content finding a cute restaurant in one of the old town squares to sit and share a pie. 

I stayed at the restaurant and paid while Konrad ran to the depot to check on bus times for the following morning. We met at the apartment and made the call to take the 8:30am bus to Dubrovnik, thus bringing to an end our short (but very, very sweet) time in Montenegro. We'd had to "delete" Durmitor National Park from our itinerary as a result of my Skhoder mishap, so were only able to visit the towns of Budva and Kotor, but we'd been very pleased with both of them and the rest of the country we'd seen while in transit. Montenegro might be a little country, but it packs a big punch, and is certainly a place I'd like to explore further -- file that away under "future plans"....


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