On our way from Slovenia to Albania in the Summer of 2015, we decided to stay one day in the Bay of Kotor and explore this beautiful area. But things took a different turn…
Lars and I had calculated that we would arrive in Kotor late in the afternoon. But our GPS stopped working as soon as we crossed the border of Montenegro, which slowed us down a lot. When we reached the bay, it was evening and it turned out we had to take a ferry. We had to pay cash and of course, we didn’t have any cash money with us. And it took us half an hour to find an ATM…
After a short ferry trip, we found ourselves at the other side of the Bay, on a dark narrow road. Lars and I tried the GPS again, but to no avail. We had to ask a lot of people to find our way to the hotel and finally, after 90 minutes, we found it! After a quick supper, we went to sleep.
The morning afterwards, we simply did not feel inclined to spend another day in the car. The hotel owners informed us about a beach nearby and we went there to check it out. It was just perfect: a narrow sandy beach with comfortable sun-beds and umbrellas and crystal-clear water. And a bar-restaurant just a couple of meters away. What else do you want?
Lars and I spent a lazy day on the beach, relaxing in the sun and swimming and splashing in the water. We had a simple but tasty tuna sandwich for lunch. I did take pictures of this happy occasion with my Samsung smartphone, but unfortunately it died in the meantime, and it is simply impossible to retrieve the pictures. Luckily, I do have pictures of our dinner later that day.
Even now, when I think back of that evening in that restaurant, I feel nothing but bliss. It just felt… perfect. There you are, with your most beloved one, just centimetres away from the water, with incredible views around you.
Lars and I had local ham and cheese for a starter and settled for a huge grilled fish as our main dish. A local red wine completed this excellent meal.
There was no more space left in our stomachs for dessert. Instead, we slowly finished our wines and watched a fiery sunset.
Lars and I learned a valuable lesson that day. We don’t always have to explore paradise; sometimes it suffices to enjoy it.