Kotor, Montenegro (Kotor, Crna Gora)
The namesake for Boka Kotorska, or the Bay of Kotor, this walled town holds relics from its Venetian history and is now a popular destination for cruise ships.
(Orange pins are places visited this blog post, green are other Teh Travels post's destinations.)
When diligently going about my research I discovered that the acronym KOTOR stands for Knights of the Old Republic, a Star Wars themed role playing game by Lucas Arts. #todayilearned
We selected a restaurant for lunch based on TripAdvisor reviews and discovered that the grilled chicken is almost as good in Montenegro as it is in Croatia!
Impressive architecture was just a little bit upstaged by yet more lounging cats. They are seriously everywhere! Behind the adorable feline stands the church of Sveti Luka (Saint Luke) which is an important building as inside there is both a Catholic altar and an Orthodox altar, showing that both religions can reside together in harmony. This is a welcome change from hearing about how NATO forces still have to protect Serbian monasteries in Kosovo (it's very complicated, but the nuts and bolts of it is that Serbia attempted to ethnically cleanse Kosovo in 1999 and now without protection the Serbian places of worship could be bombed by Albanians, the majority population).
That afternoon we slothed at a beach that was near Bjelila at the start of the Luštica Peninsula. It was fairly busy, with other sunbathers, fishermen waiting for a catch and boats drifting past. At one point I did a double-take as a bright red mini submarine came around the corner, but I pointed it out to Yannick and Fabienne and they assured me that I was not seeing things.
Our accommodation was a nearby apartment where we were given fresh plums, grapes, and homemade cheese and fell in love with a tiny ugly dog named Ba. She didn't slobber or bark and when you patted her head she would contentedly stick her face into your palm.
We returned to the old town after nightfall to see Kotor with fewer tourists. The walls and fortress were all lit up and looked very dramatic against the black sky. Instead of cruise ship participants, we heard locals singing folk songs drunkenly from the bars as football played on large televisions.
One of the main attractions in the town is the cathedral, which was built in 1166 and dedicated to the holy unmercenary Saint Tryphon (I already looked up what a holy unmercenary is and it's a lot more boring than it sounds). In Montenegrin he is referred to as Sveti Tripun and is a patron saint of Kotor as well as being invoked against rodents.
Today's post was almost called: Why Must You Pick Me Up, Giant Human? I am Tiny and Furry and You Have No Food