Kotor and Budva, Montenegro
August 6, 2010
There are 24 pictures here
While in Dubrovnik, I took a one-day bus excursion to Montenegro. The particular excursion was called Montenegro Blue by the tour operator. We visited the Bay of Kotor and the Budva Riviera. It rained on our way there, which was ok as we were in the bus.
Our first visit was to the islet of Our Lady of Škrpjel. Seafarers of the past, upon their safe return from a long voyage, used to throw a stone into the bay, thus creating an artificial islet over the centuries. This church was built upon all those stones.
It was still raining when we visited the islet.
I didn’t pay too much attention to the religious aspects inside the church, as I find that I have seen so many Catholic churches in Europe, and they are so dark and depressing to me.
We returned to the mainland and had some free time to wander around in Kotor.
As in most medieval cities, there was a wall around the town for defensive purposes.
If you look closely, you can see the wall snaking up the side of the mountain.
I visited the maritime museum during my free time, which I found very interesting.
We next went to the Budva Riviera, where the "rich and famous" folks go. Here we are on our way in the bus.
I went swimming at the beach which was of coarse sand and fine pebbles. I saw one woman sunning topless.
We were told that 80% of the tourists to Montenegro were from Russia. Many of the signs around the towns were in both Montenegrin and Russian.
We took a ferry back to Kotor and boarded a bus to return us to Dubrovnik.
That's all for Montenegro.