Monday, March 24, 2014

Another Great Hike In Kotor

Another day, another great hike in Kotor; this time across the bay with views across to Kotor, not down.

The weather for yesterday's hike was sunny -  today cloudy with periods of sun.

At times the light and water made magic with Sun-Ling first mistaking the sea for clouds then the sun for the moon.


View of Kotor from across the bay.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro


Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

A bit of a scramble across a collaspsed section of switchback.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Fellow walkers. The little ones stayed with us for 10 minutes.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Looking north over the Bay of Kotor.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Clouds or Sea?
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Sun or Moon?
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Kotor.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Ridge.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Ridge walks are a favorite.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Looking East towards the Adriatic with part of the runway at Tivat Airport visible at middle left.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

A modern fortress.
Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Hiking - Kotor, Montenegro

Bonus Video.




4 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

I've Googled to no avail. How long ago were these switchback trails constructed? For what reason?

john said...

These switchback trails are called "ladders" and are the old mule and horse roads dating back centuries.

The first ladder we hiked is called the Ladder of Cattaro (Kotor in Italian is Cattaro) and is somewhat famous. Currently it's known as the Old Ladder of Cattaro and the parallel modern road is known as the Ladder of Cattaro.

There are references to the Old Ladder of Cattaro in older travel books such as this one: http://www.njegos.org/durham/chapter1.htm. Our turn around point was just short of the village of Njegushi that she describes.

Our second hike was on the Ladder of Franz Joseph, which I am assuming is named after Prince Francis Joseph of Battenberg who married a Montenegrin princess.

john said...

BTW Great comment Ed! Thanks! I should have put that information in the blog posts.

Crash Eddy said...

Thanks for your leads to the Ladder. Very rugged terrain!