Wars in the 1990s over who was to control what territory following the break-up of Yugoslavia took their toll on cities and people. The fighting is over and the area is safe. Ethnic tensions still exist, but for the average traveler it's the post-Communism entrepreneurial spirit that's most noticeable, and in my opinion, this is what makes the Balkans such a fascinating and fun place to visit.
We'd been traveling since around noon by the time we boarded the boat at 8 p.m. Passengers walk on along with the trucks and cars, then follow signs to "reception'' where attendants hand out keys to the rooms. Above is a picture of Tom in is our room. No complaints (I drew the top bunk), but needless to say, we didn't get much sleep.
Kotor was protected in medieval times by its deep-water fjord and castle ramparts that wend up a steep mountain. One of the main activities is to walk up 1,350 steps along the fortress walls to the castle ruins. It took us about one hour and forty minutes to get up and about 30 minutes to get back down, navigating hairpin turns and a few more walkers than usual with two cruise ships in port.
Next stop: Belgrade