16 Jul “Mini-Moon” in Montengro
After the stress of all the wedding planning, the emotions of the ceremony and the excitement of the weekend long party, we were definitely in need of a nice relaxing break and Montenegro was the perfect place. Having visited the beautiful country a year before I was so looking forward to returning but as I was under strict instruction not to book us on a variety of excursions and adventures as I usually do, so I knew this would be a very different experience this time around.
We chose to stay in the beautiful Kotor Bay in an apartment just outside of Kotor old town. We chose the apartment because of the stunning balcony and it didn’t disappoint. The first day of our trip was a bit of a write off as we were both so exhausted so we had a quick wonder around then got much needed some shut eye.
The following day we decided to climb the many many steps up the side of a mountain to the fortress which I advised Andy “wasn’t that bad”. Problem was, when I last done the ascent, the temperature was in the low twenties but we found ourselves sweating profusely in the 33 degree heat. Regardless the view was well worth the hike and we also found a beautiful tiny church to the back of the fortress which was surrounded by mountain goats nearby.
At night we had a lovely steak dinner in a quiet courtyard – the best part about Kotor for me is how quiet and chilled it is in the evenings once the cruise ships leave. A few baileys at a lovely wine bar then we headed back to the apartment ready for another well deserved sleep!
The following day we done some shopping and around 5 we headed to the neighbouring town of Perast to grab some dinner. Just 20 mins and a euro on the bus and we were in this stunning sleepy village by the water. We had some fantastic seafood in a restaurant by the water – Andy had a tuna steak and I had some fried calamari. Afterwards we wondered along the waterfront and grabbed an ice cream before heading back to Kotor.
On our last full day in Kotor we went to go on the full day tour I had booked but found I had booked it for the wrong date – a 7am start all for nothing. This wedding planning has definitely taken it out of me as I have never done that before! We decided to do a boat tour instead and visit the Lady of the Rocks island. Seeing the bay by boat was a great experience, it reminded me just how underrated this beautiful country is when it comes to tourism. The evening we spent having a meal in another courtyard restaurant with a saxaphone player belting out the tunes.
The following day it was time to go to Dubrovnik for one night before flying home. We got the bus from Kotor station and after a very long border crossing we were finally in the land of Game of Thrones (we are big fans). We explored the old town, finding “Blackwater Bay” and the steps where Cersi was walked through the streets. I of course was shouting “Shame” and motioning the bell as I walked. We found, by chance, a cool bar built on the city walls and at the bottom people were swimming in the water and jumping off rocks. We explored the small marina and at night has a fantastic mexican meal and some drinks.