Christmas Eve Kotor Castle hike

It’s Christmas Eve and we want to climb up the mountain one more time before we leave next week.

If you’re a Christmas fanatic don’t come to Kotor – it’s VERY low key here. However, Radio Kotor played heaps of Christmas music, and there were small, but wonderful, gestures made toward spreading cheer.

Daughter found her present:

Daughter in the Kotor Christas present box outside the main gate
Daughter in the Kotor Christas present box outside the main gate

Daughter and I saw this sticker on a rubbish bin and we both said, “taking a photo!”. Here it is:

Angst! Cool Godzilla sticker on a rubbish bin in Kotor.
Angst! Cool Godzilla sticker on a rubbish bin in Kotor.

The Kotor Red Cross had a free donut stand set up here but the didn’t accept donations. That’s cool, I think – they are giving back in a small way that makes people feel good.

Kotor has the basics, a sleigh, a present, and free donuts!
Kotor has the basics, a sleigh, a present, and free donuts!

We set off for our hike from the riverside entrance, the northern entrance, this time outside the castle wall. We saw some tourists here, but not many at all, and some locals coming down from what might have been their Xmas eve hike or they live up there and this was their shopping trip.

What a view!

The view halfway up the hike on the riverside entrance of the castle wall, Kotor.
The view halfway up the hike on the riverside entrance of the castle wall, Kotor.
Approaching St. George's Church from the riverside entrance.
Approaching St. George’s Church from the riverside entrance.

Last time we came it was cloudy and a bit gloomy, but this time we were treated to some great lighting for photos. The wind was icy, but totally worth it.

St. George's Church, we came again to see it; it looks great in the sun!
St. George’s Church, we came again to see it; it looks great in the sun!

And some images from inside the church to show how it’s holding up against the centuries.

Inside St. George's Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church
Inside St. George’s Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church
Another view inside St. George's Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church
Another view inside St. George’s Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church
Looking out the front door, inside St. George's Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church
Looking out the front door, inside St. George’s Church. Not bad for 1000 year-old church

Daughter has been feeding the cats every chance she gets, there are two up here at the church and it’s possible they remembered us (well, her, probably – she’s the one with the food!)

The kids caring for another of the Cats of Kotor
The kids caring for another of the Cats of Kotor
The winter sun gives things a warm glow at the top of the wall in Kotor
The winter sun gives things a warm glow at the top of the wall in Kotor
St. George's Church from the castle wall side
St. George’s Church from the castle wall side

A perfect day and a perfect hike. We came down the front of the castle wall, which we did the first time. See this post for those pics, “Kotor Fortress Walk”.

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Nathaniel Flick

American born, Kiwi made. Bass player, black coffee, dark beer. Travelling Europe till 2018.

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