Montenegro is an ancient country on the eastern Coast of the Adriatic Sea. It is surrounded by Bosnia, Serbia, Albania and Kosovo and is newly independent, just since 2006. Kotor is known as the best preserved medieval town in the eastern Mediterranean area, complete with an intact wall and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1979. It has had inhabitants for 6,000 years, and has been settled for at least 3,500 years. It is in a spectacular setting, on the Bay of Kotorska surrounded by mountains. The main buildings are from the 9th to 12th centuries, during the Venetian occupation. We learn all this from our guide, Vasna, on a walking tour of the old city. Many buildings were destroyed in earthquakes in 1657 and 1979, but much has been restored.

We see the lovely old, and small cathedral and private houses/castles and the Maritime Museum. We do not walk up the 1,350 steps to the church on the hill. Tom is excited to see the home town of one of his favorite authors, Nero Wolfe. Our guide has never heard of him, but Tom is sure he's found his house!

We have lunch and gelato in one of the many lovely piazzas. Our ship docks right at the gate to the old city so we have ready access to this enchanting place.


Tom is considering staying here, and has found an apartment on VRBO.

When the cathedral was reconstructed they ran out of money, so one tower is shorter than the other.