MONTENEGRO: Kotor – Day Tripper

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Rather than fight the crowds and the stifling heat back in Dubrovnik, I opted for a day trip to Montenegro. I managed to avoid the crowds, but the temperature problem was another thing altogether. However, that was pretty much my fault since I decided to climb up quickly to yet another castle on a mountain in the full sun in 100-degree heat. Join me as I manage to avoid dying prematurely of heatstroke before I complete my five-year journey.


As you can see Kotor Castle is quite a ways above the old town on the mountain above.


You can see the tiny little flag marking the high point on the right.


But first comes the walking tour inside the old city. Much to my surprise, it was pleasantly uncrowded. So far so good. The town clock was installed by the Austrians when they had a presence in the area, and they brought their own clockmaker to install and maintain the venerable timepiece. Now years later, the same family is taking care of this clock. In front of the clock is the pillar of shame. People with some sort of infraction would be chained to this thing, they would hang a sign on them indicating their crime. It was a pretty good deterrent.



Just like Dubrovnik, Montenegro suffered badly from earthquakes, and this 16th-century church is one of the few buildings not affected by a massive earthquake.


After the walking tour, I paid 3 euros to suffer by climbing the agonizing trail to Kotor Castle. Because our time was limited, I didn’t have time to dawdle in the 100-degree heat.


As you can see I made good time quickly.


Man, that little flag looks a long way away, and there’s no bloody shade.


But I am making progress, and that ship is getting smaller.


Just another two minutes supposedly, but I am gasping and have completely run out of gas. It would have taken me ten if I hadn’t died of heatstroke in the process.


Running On Empty


Time was running out, and rather than miss my bus or leave Montenegro in an ambulance, I swallowed my pride and headed back down. It was a good idea because my first 100 meters down was mighty sluggish. I was clearly done and was gratified to run into somebody selling cold drinks on the way down. That Coke Zero was glorious.






So nice to be out of the sun.



Saying hi to an old friend swimming in the moat on the way back to the air-conditioned bus.


  1. Jason B.
    August 9, 2015

    100 degrees is toasty. Just got back from visiting a Redwood forest. 300 foot trees provided plenty of shade. In fact it was a bit chilly even though the rest of the valley was in the 80’s.

  2. The Travel Zealot
    August 10, 2015

    Oh, I love those redwoods! Can’t wait to get further North out of the Balkans and into some less steamy weather. I still have Albania, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus before I head over to the UK to chill out for a couple of months.

  3. Jason B.
    August 15, 2015

    wow so many places to see! The UK should be pretty interesting. Scotland and Ireland to boot. i have been checking in pretty much daily and enjoying the ride along.

  4. The Travel Zealot
    August 16, 2015

    I appreciate your attention and feedback, and will try to keep things interesting. I’m looking forward to getting out of the heat and moving on to the UK. I will be visiting Stonehenge, Bath, and Liverpool, the birthplace of the Beatles among other things. I’m in Skopje, Macedonia and am about to launch into a bombastic blasphemy about Mother Teresa since she was born here.

  5. BigD
    August 20, 2015

    Wow, I’m digging the change in narration. Lots of pictures with short captions. Worked well for the plot in this one. I could feel my throat closing up on your hike toward the top! :-0

  6. The Travel Zealot
    August 20, 2015

    Big D,
    I was so close yet so far, but I think it’s a perfect lesson in knowing your limitations and not letting your ego get you into trouble. If I had pushed on and made it to the top, I would have either missed the bus back to Dubrovnik or kept everybody waiting. Or worse yet, I might have had some kind of medical issue. As it was, I had a good laugh and just Let It Be. Seriously, how many castles and fortresses have I climbed up to on my travels thus far anyway? At least five.

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