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Review of Bay of Kotor

Bay of Kotor
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Reviewed November 3, 2013

Bay that penetrates In SOUL OF GEOGRAPHY
Kotor: bay of kotor

By Zoran Slavic

I finally, after countless trip to this part of Montenegro, realized that the Bay of Kotor and its people, Bokezi, much more than the local geography - it is a European specialty. The mixture of colors, tastes, smells, interweaving Orthodoxy and Catholicism, removal of mountain mentality and coastal cunning ordinary day in which after marine fish follows ham are recent phenomenon merger Balkans with Mediterranean civilization.
In the Bokakotorska Bay I have frequented many times, ranging from youth to adulthood. That's why we were different impressions, so to speak - contradictory. For those impoverished, reduced to a summer school in Prcanj, to euphoric-festival in Herceg Novi during the Film festival. However, apart from these fragments of coastal the sea cuts through the high hills of the continental Montenegro, I did not have a complete impression of this extraordinary part of the Mediterranean. About the Gulf and its inhabitants distinctive culture, language, ethics and lifestyle. Because memories are we broke down a series of disconnected images of the beach or evening parties.
Sitting on the terrace, which is carved into the hill, near Kotor fortress in evening who to view pulls serenity on the bottom of the horizon yet there are hints of tomorrow's storm, I attempted to understand the essence of life of people living between the Highlanders origin and coastal lightness of being.
Already in September, the season is almost over, but it's time amazingly nice and warm. Tourists leave the coast. Life returns to its original form. Locals say they will soon appear so far, it provincial, which occurs as soon as the rain arrived and sailing on the sea becomes unpleasant. However, the old town of Kotor, at the bottom of the bay, survives as an eagle watches over their flock. I arrived this morning by boat from Herceg Novi. The bay was moderately anxious, to beaches are less of tourists and swimmers, several elegant yachts cruising from coast to coast. Then thundered from the direction of Risan a boat. The day was calm and because of my anger and the noise of the boat with a powerful engine reminded of alleged the famous Bay of Kotor „pirates“ who used to these waters, and the entire Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean, harassed the Venetians and the Turks. The natives are a little angry when that ancient sailors call pirates, as they have just called them Venetians and Turks, since those ancient mariners were their protectors. Young residents of towns and villages in this bay, in those ancient times dreamed of becoming the sailors and captains of the fleet of Bay of Kotor. My host, the day in late summer, with ponosoma showed me the portrait of his grandfather in uniform local Navy captain. Bay of captains, he tells me he came to the end of the world, and they are unusually clever and brave.
Before sleep, I look around well-lit Cathedral of Saint Tryphon. City of Kotor is quite low. Mountain, I think, the holy mountain of Montenegrins, Lovcen awake. In thought me comes the morning cruise through Herceg Novi, Tivat and Risan Straits , to be anchored to the bottom of of Boka - the Bay of Kotor. With these navigations this inland sea, in my dream shall take a picture of an islet, artificial, „Our Lady of Škrpela“, these religious and romantic buildings in the middle of the sea.

Visited September 2013
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“Well, SURE!”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

IF you're in Montenegro (a country I had really hardly heard of before we went), you MUST go to Bay of Kotor - one of the world's truly stunning spots - despite it being overrun by cruise ship passengers.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 29, 2013

The bay of Kotor is beautiful and worth the 3 hour coach ride from Croatia. There are many pretty villages along the way and the bay is spectacular and lovely to see at different times of the day when the light changes the scenery dramatically on the mountains and the water.

Visited October 2013
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Stunning beautiful bay with high mountains on each side. Cruising up the fjord is definitely the way to go.

Visited September 2013
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“Kotor - Bay of Kotor - Spectacular at day break and spectacular all day”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

We cruised into the bay of Kotor and arrived just as day was breaking. I was on top deck as we made our way towards the town past the Church of Our Lady of the Rock through the spectacular scenery on both sides. It was beautiful as the sun began to rise and even more beautiful later when we left. Surprisingly it was extremely cold early in the morning. Maybe we had a bad day or whether the rising mountains surrounding the bay stopped the sunlight early on. You may wish to be prepared for this. As the ship headed towards its docking point ( off shore for tenders ) more and more development and small pockets of buildings became apparent all along the water edge with some spreading slightly up the mountain sides. However, these urban areas were hugely over shadowed by the peaks behind and above. It really was spectacular. The bay itself was beautifully clear waters with a bit of a choppy run from the ship to the port. However, once on dry land you looked back down the bay and marvelled at the sight. You have to see this. Later that day we departed Kotor and the ship slowly wound its way through the passage back to the open seas. This took about an hour and all along its journey we were surrounded by superb scenery. A spectacle that makes a trip to Kotor, and coming in from the sea, a must do and see. By the time we left the weather was hot once more and leaving Montenegro this way left a lasting memory. Kotor itself was also beautiful but that's for other reviews. The bay was simply amazing.

Visited October 2013
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