The next day we set off to leave Bosnia and enter Montenegro. As expected, this meant we had to pass through Croatia. We actually crossed borders 4 times, since we entered and left croatia twice. The most exciting part of this was to watch the bosnian border control take apart a car next to us, while we were waiting for our passports to be cleared.
Finally, after a number of breaks and with only a little over an hour delay we reached Kotor. Our intermediate stop for the day. We dropped of our luggage at the bus stop and went out to explore the city. Kotor is idyllically nestled into the mountains at the very deep end of a circumlocutory bay. The defensive walls of the former fortress climb all the way to the top of the mountain, while the old town lies cradled at the border of the bay. A good dozen churches from the 16th and 17th century populate Kotor in addition to the cathedral that was begun in 908 and first finished in 1166. However earthquakes and other disasters led to it being rebuilt almost entirely over time. The last major reconstruction needed to be done after a heavy earthquake in the 1970’ies. However the reconstruction restored the church to the previous shape, with no changes made, quite the opposite from the renovation that happened after a major earthquake in the 17th century, which left the catedral with two different towers. There are a few lovely details on the cathedral, that survived all the renovating, such as a few frescos dating back to the 14th century.
The old town of Kotor remains pretty much in the same shapes and state as it was in the 17th century: it’s a riddle of small marble cobble stone streets that occasionally lead onto big plazas in front of large churches. Every here and there an ancient tree overshadows the scenery. On one side of the city, the defensive wall first follows the course of the river ending in the ocean, from there it continues along the beach before circling back to the river alongside the mountain.