Kotor – Old City

They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  Today, for me, beauty was simply in the details.  Kotor exceeded all of my expectations in that regard.  When planning the trip, nothing about its description really caught my eye, but once we got into port, it was easy to see that the day would be extraordinary.  The view looked like it could have been taken right from a postcard.

Kotor as seen from the cruise ship

We had to be motored ashore via tenders since the cruise ship is too large to get that close to shore.  That meant I could finally get a decent photo of our ship, The Crown Princess.  This was taken as we headed away from the ship to the port.  Isn’t it massive?  If I recall correctly, I believe it holds somewhere around 3,000 people.  Don’t quote me on that, but I do know this for a fact: other than my own family and the waiters in the dining rooms, I haven’t seen the same person twice in the days we’ve been onboard!

The Crown Princess

Kotor is well known for its medieval city, known as Old City, with its narrow, winding streets and stone buildings that date from the 12th century.  Arriving at the cruise port puts travelers only a short walk from the entrance to this gorgeous historic area.  Here’s a shot of Kayla and Fred standing in front of the archway that leads to Old City.

Kayla and Fred in front of Old City Gate

The streets are narrow and there’s no set width.  We had to pay close attention to the cobblestones, since there are some places where they are quite uneven. Here are a couple of shots of the buildings and streets so you can get a feel for what it looks like overall.

town clock in Old City
street shot in Old City

The tiny shops are full of handcrafted items of all kinds, including beautiful glass lamps, plates, and jewelry.  Of course, there are plenty of souvenirs as well, but it was the glass work that dazzled me most.

One of the many shops we passed by. Note the ceiling and the glass lamps and plates.

We even saw a small table that two young children had set up and they were selling some souvenirs that they had clearly made themselves.  I was so impressed by these young entrepreneurs that I would’ve bought something from them had they not been bickering with one another when we passed by.  Due to the crowd of people moving through that area, I didn’t get a photo of them, but I did capture a lot of other details that caught my eye.

The overall feel was really remarkable, but it was all of the little details that I found so amazing: old metalwork, heavy stone planters, the uneven pattern of the stones in a wall.  I don’t really have a lot to say about the rest of these images because I hope they speak for themselves.  Today, for me, the beauty was definitely in the details of this incredible place.

an iron window grate
There are a lot of steps to climb here in Old City – this was just one set that we encountered
Just one of the many cats we saw roaming the streets
a window grate
uneven stone wall detail
one of the town’s water pumps – not sure if it’s still used or not
a huge stone planter
a local restaurant
I’m not sure what this was used for, but it was placed low in the stone wall and I loved the reflection on the water below.