It was a race against the rising sun as, even in the shade, it was hot sweaty work! The early start also meant we avoided the €3 entry charge as we snacked on our bread rolls fresh from the bakery as we climbed.
It was worth it - the views over the city and bay were stunning!
We kayaked along the coastline, stopping every now-and-again at a beach to cool off with a little swim.
We were heading to Perast - an old town on the Bay of Kotor, noted for its proximity to the islets of St George (Sveti Đorđe) and Our Lady of the Rocks (Gospa od Škrpjela) each housing a picturesque chapel. Gospa od Škrpjela is also the only artificially-built island in the Adriatic.
It took about 2.5hours to kayak over to Perast, including a very exhausting and choppy crossing, where we battled boats, waves and currants to reach our destination!
Knackered we ‘parked’ our canoes on a random concrete pontoon.
We had a little wander into Perast - it was cute, lots of vines growing over trestles and bay-front cafes.
We treated ourselves to an ice cream before our snack lunch.
Our lunch was an entertaining picnic of bread and ‘birthing’ sausages - each Frankfurter-style sausage had a clear plastic skin that needed to be removed before eating.
|Our shady lunch stop...roadside dining at its most glamorous!
|Hot dog vs. legs...gone wrong!
It was a little easier this time as we were following the currant, but I suffered with a little heat-stroke towards the end but revived on a beach with a cold can! After a mammoth 5.5hrs kayak we arrived back at our jetty, elated!
First stop was a celebratory biscuit...
Followed by the tourist information desk to get a massage recommendation to soothe our aching arms and shoulders. The lady was very helpful and actually sent us to see her neighbour! So we headed into a random part of Kotor for what turned out to be an excellent neck and back massage from Antonia!
Whilst my sister had her massage, I sat in her shady garden chatting to her sister and niece.
Floating post-massage, we grabbed some food & drink for a waterfront BBQ (lamb and burgers, chips/dips and local rose wine). We met up with our group for the BBQ which was literally right on the bay front - giving us amazing sunset views.
|Wine in the water
We swam again in the bay - whilst drinking our wine and gazed over the stunning scenery as the BBQ heated up.
|Making smoked tuna, Israeli army style!
There was a great atmosphere as we listened to music, ate, danced and downed jaeger shots. Perfectly chilled fun evening.
|The city walls lit up over the Old Town