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This is just a monumentally beautiful landscape with some pretty decent man made things thrown in!

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It has been mostly cloudy, giving us moody days. The sun has poked through on occasion, however, spotlighting things.

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From Kotor looking up the mountain behind

The defensive walls and forts above Kotor reflected in the water last night.
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Risan has some beautiful 2nd century Roman mosaics. Tiny, little, subtlety different colored stones. Gorgeous. And just incredible what the Romans accomplished in such far flung places of the world.
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We can see Perast from our apartment, but this view is from the water on a boat taking us to Madonna of the Rocks which occupies all of a small island in the bay.

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Madonna of the Rocks

Below views from the island.

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Dubrovnik to Kotor

We left Dubrovnik yesterday morning just beating the mobs of crowds that were pouring in. A nice city, it is swamped with tourists. We made the beautiful drive along the Adriatic coast back into Montenegro and the bay of Kotor.

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The bay is described by some as the southernmost fjord in Europe and by others as a submerged river gorge. Whatever it is, it’s beautiful!

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Above looking through the narrow opening that leads to Kotor and below looking from Kotor back.

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This is what we found on our arrival!!

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The ship below right, absolutely dwarfs the Venetian era fort, below left. The ship rises up 6 stories from the bow.

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Another mobbed city! But again, a beautiful place with stunning setting.

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The Venetians were incredible in the forts they built up steep mountainsides for defense. We’ve seen another example in Nafplio, Greece. Seaside fort in the foreground with forts and walls climbing the mountain. Also a church up there on the hill.

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The night view

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Bicycle powered "truck" useful on narrow streets

Blissfully, that tour boat pulled out about 6 p.m. and we had a beautiful dinner at one of the many nice restaurants.

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Our accommodations were a bit skanky, so we decided to find something nicer and to get away from the crowds. We are now happily ensconced in a seaside apartment, 20 minutes from Kotor, with these views.

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As we drove out we encountered this fellow lumbering into the bay, confirming our decision to get away.

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And have been rewarded with this strange rainbow.

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Back into town this evening to enjoy a decidedly interesting city and more good food.

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