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Far from the top Sutomore  Montenegro

Far from the top

The view from the Kotor fortress is stunning – or so I’m told. I had ambitious plans to hike the 1500 steps leading to this lofty outpost on my second morning in Kotor but when I woke to the serenity of the motionless bay outside my window a less rigorous agenda seemed more appropriate. I opted to walk along water’s edge to the Kotor piazza, Montenegro’s most pleasant outdoor market.

On my way into the walled old town I passed a sign marked “fortress this way” and something nagged at me. I wasn’t in the mood for a challenge but fear of regret for an opportunity missed got the best of me so I headed up – quite vertically along an ancient stone path.

Twenty minutes later I was wishing I’d eaten breakfast and hoping there was a café around the next switchback where I could procure some strong Turkish coffee. But looking up there was only stone and shrubbery so I paused for a break. Far from the top, the vista was already remarkable and the silence tranquilizing.

I sat on the edge of the mountain, feet dangling over this most beautiful sight and reconsidered my upward intentions. There’s a time and place for pushing limits. I decided this wasn’t it, and eventually headed back into town toward the lovely piazza and that coffee I’d been dreaming about. Perhaps you don’t have to summit a mountain for the ultimate outlook - sometimes the view from right where you are is picture perfect.

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