These 5 Historical Activities Are Why You Need to Visit Kotor, Montenegro

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Flash back a few months ago and we were in Kotor, Montenegro, a stunning Eastern-European city only a few hours by bus from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The title of this blog post is an another article I wrote for wanderingeducators.com on the 5 best history related things to do in Kotor. From an intense fortress hike, to a legendary church in the middle of the bay, Kotor is a must-visit for history lovers and adventure seekers. You can click here to read the full article :).

I loved Kotor both because it is gorgeous, and because pushing through crowds of summer-time Dubrovnik tourists got old very quick. It was so much quieter here. Kotor’s old town may be small, but the stone walls of its streets, and the bright orange tile roofs that cover every house carry all the romance and ambiance you could ask for. Even more amazing were the blue Adriatic waters, the mountains, the interesting history, and the dangerously delicious meat-filled pastries in every bakery to fall in love with.


These 5 Historical Activities are why you need to visit Kotor, Montenegro

1)Hike the Ancient Castle Fortress

When you arrive in Kotor, the first thing you’ll see are the massive stone walls of St. John’s fortress, which, while they ascend the mountain, seem to touch the clouds. The walls carry all the aesthetic of a centuries-old fortress, with crumbling rocks laced with green, overgrown nooks to explore, a historical church, and even the occasional goat. The hike itself starts from the very back of Old Town Kotor, and takes a good 30 minutes to an hour to reach the top. It’s a very steep and somewhat challenging climb for sure, but definitely worth it. The reward for trekking is a dazzling view of the city of Kotor and its immense blue mountains rising out of the bay that form the only fjord in the region.

The history of the fortress goes way back, as the mountain has been fortified since Illyrian times. Later, it was expanded under Venetian and Albanian rule. During the 16th and 17th century, the Ottomans successfully laid siege to the fortress and occupied the area twice. Finally, the fortress was a part of both world wars. It was controlled by the Austrians in WWI and the Axis powers in WWII, until it was liberated in 1944.

The View from the top of the Bay of Kotor fortress, things to do in Kotor, Eastern-Europe travel

View of the Bay of Kotor and Fjord from the top of the fortress.

Want to read the rest? Click here. Thanks for reading and happy travels! -Izzy

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The Shadow of the Samurai

Hi friends. If you want to read a cool fictionalized travel article about a trip I went on to Japan last year you should head on over to wanderingeducators.com. This article was super fun to write and different from my usual blog posts because it incorporates history, fiction, and travel writing. All of which are some of my favorite things! Anyways… here is the beginning and to read the full article click here.


The Shadow of the Samurai

After the morning rain, the afternoon sun struggles to push its way out of the thick fog covering the mountains. My sister and I, umbrella in hand, walk side by side, jumping occasionally to dodge the puddles in the road.

On the Nakasendo Trail, Japan. From The Shadow of the Samurai

Aside from our occasional laughter, it’s eerily quiet. The only other people around are various shopkeepers in their old wooden storefronts. One Japanese man uses a small broom to sweep water off his porch. He smiles kindly as we pass.

We are walking the Nakasendo Trail. During the Edo period in Japan, this was one of the five routes to connect Edo (today’s Tokyo) to Kyoto. Its height during the 17th century would have looked like the polar opposite of how it does now. The streets were crowded with travelers, merchants and traders, feudal lords, and of course, samurai warriors… all on a 27 day trek across Japan.


 

Want to read the rest?? https://www.wanderingeducators.com/best/stories/shadow-of-the-samurai.html

Thanks for reading and happy travels XX – Iz