I took the 20 minute bus ride from Kotor, Montenegro to Perast with the intent of seeing this little town I’d heard was such a gem, exploring its maritime museum, and having a short excursion to the island church “Our Lady of the Rock” just offshore. But being a windy day in the offseason I was out of luck. The museum was closed, the wind too strong to enjoy the waterfront walkway, and there was no one around save a few tourists dining on seafood risotto in a fancy fish restaurant. I was also stranded, as the bus that dropped me off wouldn’t be returning until 5:00. This left me four hours to fill in a slumbering town.
I tried vainly to catch a lift to the island but eventually resigned to the restaurant where I lingered over a bowl of fish soup, stalling. Finally I headed up the cobblestone stairway to catch the bus, tired, frustrated, and a bit defeated.
My mood changed when I reached the top. The descending sun illuminated the little church on the water that I never got to and I was reminded that things may never be perfect but they can always get better. I wasn’t standing on top of the world, nor will I ever be, but I can always keep climbing. I relished the view in reflective silence until my bus nearly whizzed by and I hopped on for a lift back to Kotor.
Visit Perast from Kotor or Herzeg Novi (2 Euros). Busses run frequently but there’s no station in Perast so make sure you know the schedule. A boat trip to the island church is easy during high season.