Anxious to get out of the hotel and on the road, before the scorching time of the July afternoon, our first plan was to travel to the top of the Lovcen Mountains in search of some vista views over the lovely town of Kotor.
While we found the road to take us up, we did not find the road that would take us up and over the actual Kotor Fortress. But, the views we did see were spectacular! The road is another Panoramic Road, and very narrow and curvy. Its a good road, but both of us are getting very weary of the drivers who drive in the center of the narrow road, and take the hairpin turns on our side; coming at us! It’s unnerving! We go ever so slow turning the corners, just in case.Our technique on the more visible roadway, is to stop on our side of the road; over as far as the edges will let us, as they pass. That way, if there is an accident, it would them hitting us, while we were stopped.
After our drive up, we had plans to visit an old village, which we never found after 1.5 hours. As I had mentioned before, the spelling of locations can be difficult, and while we thought we were heading for Risan, we ended up in Resna. Oh well, we saw some small villages that were very pretty, up on the top of the mountain, too. It all worked out, because we ended up not going very far from Kotor, after all. This would turn out to be a very good thing!
So, we decided to go back down into Kotor Old Town, and get a few pictures, before we headed to more towns and villages on the coast. We had not planned on returning to the Kotor Fortress, having been there three years ago, BUT we love this Fort. Its a Living Fortress, after all, and there are very few of them left in the world.
It all started with;
“Lets ask how much the tickets are to enter.” ANSWER: Free.
Next, we said:
“Lets go inside and get our iced coffee and sit for a bit.”
Which turned into a conversation of;
“There are so few people in the Fort, it might be fun to walk around again and check it out”
Finally, we were having so much fun, and seeing parts of the Fort we had not see before, we said;
“Lets look into spending one night inside the Fort in one of the hotels.”
We inquired and though it was double from our 30 euro budget, we splurged. Normally reservations for such a night would be booked far in advance, but not during a pandemic summer; plenty of rooms were available. In fact, all of them! When you get to spend the night inside a Fort it is a true bucket list item! We almost did the same thing in Jaisalmer, India, in their Living Fort, a few years ago, but as cool that Fort is, they have a bit of a water leaking issue and mould is a problem. We had to pass.
So here we are tonight, spending the night inside an ancient Fortress. Its quaint and cozy. We have breakfast included in the morning. Air Conditioning that works great. We also have the working Wifi we have had in a month! The building is really old, but it has been modernised for sure
The history of Kotor also notes natural catastrophes.
Several earthquakes have hit Kotor. Those earthquakes took place in: 1537, 1563, 1667, 1729, and 1979. Kotor also survives years when the world was surrounded by a contagious disease; theplague in: 1422, 1427, 1457, 1467, and 1572.
From 1797 to 1805 Kotor is a part of the Austrian empire. In 1806 year Russians come to Kotor. They governed the town only for a year, until 1807. The French soon menace Kotor. As the Russian army was defeated by the French, in the battle near Fridland, Russian with a secret contract give Kotor to France, which rules over Kotor from 1807 until 1813.
Montenegrin ruler Petar I Petrovic helped the people from Kotor in September of 1813. At that time, Montenegrins and people from Boka (the other name for people from Kotor) fought together against the French Monarchy. So at that time, there came a certain union of Boka and former Montenegro. However, that union lasted only for nine months, because Paris Peace Congress, which was held in 1814, didn’t acknowledge that union. So, after that conference (Boka with its surrounding) was given to Austria (1814 – 1918).
A one hundred year old reign of Austria over Kotor, was marked by numerous rebellions, and uprisings by the people from Boka Kotorska. The liberation of Austria Kotor finally happened in 1918.
As all other towns of former Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, Kotor, which was exhausted by numerous occupations, awaited the biggest war ever fought; WW II, in the year 1941.
Kotor experiences liberation from the Nazi control in November 1944.
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