Montenegro Photos

View of villages which line the seventeen mile long Bay of Kotor

Montenegro is one of our cruise destinations of which I was previously totally ignorant. Montenegro is the smallest of the six countries that emerged at the breakup of Yugoslavia (Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, Serbia, Albania, Macedonia) after the death of Yugoslav dictator Marshall Tito in 1980. Historically, Montenegro was ruled by the Venetians, (and later the Ottoman Empire) who built the UNESCO world heritage recognized city of Kotor, which the Viking Star visited for a few hours.

The Viking Star is almost as big as the “old city” built by the Venetians, located just to the right of the Star.
The Old City of Kotor, as seen from the upper deck of the Viking Star. The city-fortress-wall as well as the cathedral dome are visible.
A village on the Bay of Kotor as seen before sunrise.

Kotor is a small city at the end of the Bay of Kotor, “Europe’s southernmost fjord” which creates a protected harbor at the end of its seventeen mile length. Actually, this long inlet from the Mediterranean is not technically a fjord, which refers to glacier-carved inlets created during the Ice Age. Instead, the Bay of Kotor “fjord” is technically a “rio” which refers to a prehistoric valley carved by thousands of years of erosion prior to the Mediterranean being filled from the world’s oceans when the Strait of Gibraltar opened to the oceanic deluge known as the Zanclean Flood. (See Zanclean flood – Wikipedia)

Our short visit to Montenegro is just one example of the frustrating lack of opportunity to explore our destination countries beyond the superficial impressions that a stop of a few hours offers. The whole Balkan area, which includes the former Yugoslav territories, attract a possible future land tour. A future blog will focus on Croatia, where Game of Thrones was filmed. Montenegro (literally “black mountain”) is a small country, speaking the same language of its neighbors, but which nonetheless wanted to be a free and independent country. This is the desire that fuels the Ukrainian resistance to the Russian invasion.

Village on the Bay of Kotor prior to the morning sun reaching it.
Another village (of many) in the morning sun on the Bay of Kotor
The Venetian-built protective wall around the old city and up to the fortress above.
Chapel located on the mountainside along the fortress wall
Inside the old city, a small Greek Orthodox chapel
Archway inside the old city
Main cathedral inside the old city
Cathedral interior

Hi, I'm Dallas Smith

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Comments (3)

  1. Diane

    March 24, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Thank you Dallas 💗💗💗

  2. Melissa J Phillippe

    March 24, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    Wow. SO beautiful! Stunning photos, Dallas.

  3. jim prosser

    March 25, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    The brief time in each port was also a frustration of mine when on a cruise, but the places like the glacier or Panama Canal amazing. Your pictures show true artisan workmanship.

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