下の写真で一番高いところに旧ユーゴスラビアの国章。その下の文言は「Tuđe nećemo, svoje ne damo、Tito」で、これはbunbunさんによれば「他人が有する物を我々は欲せず、我々が有するものはけっして与えない」という言葉。当時、チトーなどの政治家たちが共通に使ったスローガン。さらにその下の「21-XI-1944」は1944年11月21日で、コトル町がムッソリーニから解放された日。
観光案内所（左上端）、Clock Tower（左上）, Pima Palace（真ん中）, St. Tryphon Cathedrale （右下）
One of the oldest and most famous Montenegrin towns is Kotor. The coastal town is located in a most secluded part of the Gulf of Kotor, at the foot of mountain Lovcen. Kotor is a typical Mediterranean travel destination with old narrow streets, romantic bars and restaurants, small shops, antique monuments, churches and picturesque buildings. Famous poets and writers have used the beauty of the Bay of Kotor as inspiration for their works. Listed as unesco World Natural and Historical Heritage Site, Kotor has become a famous yachting and sailing destination for skippers around the globe.
Journey through the mountain towns of Montenegro, a winsome country full of history and tradition, on the coast of the Adriatic. The main port city of Kotor bustles at the foot of Mount Orjen, where deep waters submerge an ancient river canyon. Surrounded by impressively high medieval walls, the town is a welcoming juncture of ethnic Montenegrins, Serbians, Croatians, Romani and others. Old Town Kotor is a unesco World Heritage Site, restored after a 1979 earthquake damaged parts of its Romanesque churches, iconographic monuments and medieval buildings. Today, the port is the gateway to a chain of humble yet beautiful and enriching mountain hamlets where old customs are still part of daily life.
Kotor is an interesting place for mountain lovers. Towards the peak Sveti Iven (St. Ivan), above Kotor, there is a path dedicated for those who share a passion for hiking. For those who prefer to remain at sea level, explore the possibility of renting sailing equipment and discover your inner sailor. Next to the channel of Bay of Boka Kotorska, the water is calm presenting a great opportunity for diving. Inquire at the diving club “Zubatac” (Dentex) for the possibility of renting diving gear.
Stretching some 2.8 miles (45 kilometers) directly above and east of the Old Town, on almost vertical cliffs, is the meandering upper town walls. It looks a little like a short version of the Great Wall. Climbing up the l,350 steps will be rewarded by an excellent view of Kotor and the bay from the Church of Our Lady of Health (half way up) and the St. John’s fortress on top. Only advisable for physically fit people, furthermore on some sections the steps are broken up. Choose your footwear wisely (sturdy shoes preferable over sneakers and definitely no flip flops). The 1,200 foot (366-meter) ascent may take an hour. There are two access points to the Upper Town Walls, one near the northern gate by St. Mary’s Church, and one closer to the southern gate to the Old Town.
Kotor’s unique culinary staples are pure comfort food. Try any of a variety of stewed dishes. Boiled lamb with vegetables, lamb cooked in milk, and pork stew with rastan, a dark leafy green, infuse the native diet with savory warmth. Ask for the catch of the day in any restaurant,too–grilled fish is delicious here. For quicker fare hit a local grill. Regular favorites include Pljeskavia, a lamb pork and beef burger, or cevapi, minced pork and beef in bun with grilled onions and sour cream. Pair food with wine here, Vranac, a dry red with high berry flavors, is the region’s specialty. Krstac, a dry floral white, is another local worth sipping. More potent is rakija, a local brandy made with plum,apricot or grape and flavored with herbs and honey.
Shop Old Kotor for endless possibilities. Boutiques, galleries, cafes and shops start within walking distance of the pier. Once inside the walls of the town, even more options unfold. Look for high end Italian labels lining the streets next to great souvenir boutiques and shops with jewelry, books, photography and prints and local antiques. Bring back some of the local wine, too.
Over the next two days we will be experiencing very strong winds and rough seas. It is expected to be gale force winds with 4 to 5 meter waves. In order to avoid the worst of the storm, it has been decided with Oceania corporate office for Riviera to stay alongside in Kotor tomorrow night and to set sail at approximately 6.00am on the 30th of October. The weather forecast for Dubrovnik in the morning shows unfavorable sea and wind conditions to enter the port therefore our arrival time in Dubrovnk, will now be at 10.00am on the 30th of October. Riviera will still be departing from Dubrovnik at 5.00pm in order to be on time in Venice.
Our time in ports will be as follows:
Kotor: October 29th – 12.00(noon) to October 30th 6.00am (all on board 5.00am)
Dubrovnik: October 30th – 10.00am to 5.00pm (all on board 4.30pm)
Venice: October 31st – 12.00(Noon)Overnight in port.
If you are holding Oceania tour tickets for Dubrovnik, please keep them. Our destination team will be sending to your room a new tour departure schedule.
If you had made private arrangements in the ports of Dubrovnik, our concierges will be happy to help you contact your private tour operator.
We apologize for any personal disappointments and we thank you for your understanding. The safety and comfort of our guests is always our primary concern.