Church of St. Nicholas,
My favorite places,
are less traveled and uncrowded.
Kotor is exactly such a place. It is charming, unspoiled and an explorers paradise.
Kotor is one of the best preserved medieval old towns in the Adriatic.
It is a desiginated as two separate Unesco World Heritage Sites. First, for it’s buildings of medieval significance, and secondly for it’s Venetian defensive structures built at the height of Venetian power in the 16th and 17th centuries.
Cheers to you from the first in a series of ‘Off the Beaten Path Places’ in our small world~
173 thoughts on “Off The Beaten Path: Kotor”
Hey dear lady, this place touches you. It has indeed touched hard times…but it’s still in the sunshine 😀❤️🙏
Yes! Thank you Mark. It has soul & history. It’s lovely დ
We could learn about architecture and creating community in difficult places from the “old people.” What a special place.
We are in complete accord & I wish we would learn დ
Looking at these beautiful photos, I am reminded of Tuscany and now want to go back. I know it’s not in Italy but the Medieval architecture is similar all over those regions.
Beautiful photos, Cindy.
Yes it is similar and similarly lovely დ
Wow Cindy! This place is so beautiful! The medieval people knew how to live in beautiful places. ❤️
They certainly did create beauty that stands the test of time დ
It’s so interesting that it’s hard to find “ugly” architecture, no matter how humble, before the modern period.
What a fascinating and very true observation! Sad isn’t it. We are devolving დ
A place I hadn’t heard of before. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series!
Thank you Peter & I’m happy to make the introduction დ
This such an historic sites in Montenegro. Beautiful images . Thanks Anita
Grazie mille Anita დ
Thank you for the introduction to one of your favorite places off the beaten path! (I’m all for getting off the beaten path.)
Me 2! Crowds are a spoiler for me დ
I’ve never heard of Kotor! Thank you for helping me travel virtually to an amazing place, Cindy! 😍
I love traveling virtually with you Teresa! დ
Hi Cindy, lovely photos you have here.
Much appreciated! Thank you Arlene დ
Exciting & truly peaceful. Take good care Linda დ
Thank you for sharing your travels with us, Cindy. Beautiful!
Thank you for traveling virtually with me Michele & cheers! დ
Happy Cindo de Mayo! 😁
Feliz Fiesta Michele! დ
What a find! Enjoy every moment of your time there, Cindy. It looks so beautiful and charming.
Thank you. It is quiet, peaceful and feels wonderfully separate from our world of strife დ
Thanks very much! დ
Grazie mille Rebecca დ
Sixteen hours and fifty minutes travel time from here to there. I looked it up along with maps and more. Beautiful. No question at all. Neither being to your taste after your description of The Holler. The more wild side with rough edges. Past my time sorry to say, but I recall some friends living in Truchas, New Mexico. About 8K elevation, enough to feel the thinner air. Houses all but one, genuine adobes. Want water – hike down a few hundred feet to a spring with plastic bottles in hand. But you learn a different sort of appreciation and self enablement. But curious – where’s the people? Pretty obvious you have a view of the world much bigger than me (or most of us). Thank you for making your life visible. You are a gift.
Many don’t realize that there are people in our country who hike and carry their water in plastic bottles. In Monument Valley, I talked to a Navajo who told me that many elders live in their valley with no running water or plumbling. It gets up to 99F in the summer in the valley. I do have photos of people, mostly adorable children in Kotor and cats and dogs. There were lots of well taken care of children and pets which is lovely to see. Thank you sincerely for your kind thoughts Neil. You are most appreciated my friend დ
We also prefer to travel to places that have fewer people though that is sometimes impossible. Kotor looks lovely and historic, and it would be a place we would love to visit. Thank you for sharing.
It is increasingly difficult to find untrammeled places. I do think you would love Kotor. It is special დ
I can feel it!
Excellent! Thank you დ
Thank you for introducing me to this magical place, Cindy. I am wondering, did you get to photograph inside the church?
You are so very welcome. I will have to check to see if I have interior photos. I don’t remember დ
Hmm looks like a delightful place to wander aimlessly! (❛ัॢᵕ❛ั ॢ)✩ *ೃ.⋆♥️🌈
Yes indeed. I am an expert in wandering aimlessly! (❛ัॢᵕ❛ั ॢ)
There is something about these photographs that makes me want to go there. You have a good eye for doing this.
Thank you very much Don. It is a wonderful, safe place to explore დ
These are wonderful – there are so many details in each photo, almost like a little plot happening that you just have to pause and explore before scrolling to the next picture. And each structure and paths/street are so clean!
You have an eye! And you are correct. Perfectly clean. No trash like more traveled places. Pampered pets and beautiful, well cared for children. Like the land that time forgot დ
You’ve certainly captured its charm, Cindy. A treat for us armchair travelers.
I’m so glad and I love traveling virtually with you my friend დ
Looks delightful Cindy
Yes, thank you Sheree. It is დ
Yes, less travelled and crowded! Wonderful photos, Cindy. 🙂
Thank you Lynette. I really don’t like to avoid crowds. დ
What an amazing place Cindy, a real undiscovered gem, I’ve never heard of it. How long ago did you go there?
Yes. It is one of many amazing places. We were there in 2017 დ
What an intriguing and lovely place, with I imagine lashings of history. Thanks for a great set of postcards.
Thank you more Margaret for your very thoughtful appreciation დ
I’ve always had a yen to go there. Such beautiful surrounds! Thanks for sharing it with me, Cindy.
So happy to share & I do hope I will be seeing your photos of it soon Jo! დ
I love places off the beaten track and have discovered some fabulous places here in Spain. Kotor looks wonderful. Thanks for the picture tour.
You are most welcome Darlene. I am happy you enjoyed. These places are everywhere, if you look carefully. Honestly they are my favorites. You actually can feel apart of daily life in such places, not part of the touring hordes. The first ones I found were by accident and I realized I liked them better than my actual destination! დ
Lovely photos! The air there seems so fresh and sights beautiful.
Thank you my friend. It is old, beautiful and unspoiled დ
You said it wonderfully. Yes, it’s “old, beautiful and unspoiled.”
Have a wonderful weekend and hope you get some rain where you are. In the bay area. It’s been raining since afternoon till now.
Rained here too!
So very inviting with a marvellous sense of history
Agreed. Living history which is so special to see დ
What a wonderful place, your photos really show it off perfectly.
Thank you very much Cathy დ
Looks Glorious Cindy. I so wanted to live in Montenegero after I retired. Huge Hugs
Did you, smart man! My husband and I considered St. Malo! დ
Have visited there and how I agree with you about crowds. Am glad that I went to Barelona years ago. Too many people and it is not possible to get the same sense of place. Glad you liked Montenegro
Unfortunately true about so many places. I am also very glad I visited before the crowds. US National Parks (except for the good off the beaten track ones) are mobbed. Most major European tourist destinations are the same. Canada has a huge crowd problem in the more visited National Parks. I have found the best time to visit Italy is in the dead of winter. It may be cold. but it is beautiful, and you have the Uffizi to yourself. Priceless! დ
Thank you – interesting, certainly out of season seems to be the answer
A cruise with that stop is one I’ve wanted to do. Thanks for taking me there.
I am so happy to travel virtually with you Frank დ
I first visited Kotor when I went on a bus and boat trip to the area from near Dubrovnik. My husband and I were amazed at Kotor’s walled city. It is at the bottom of a bay and isn’t immediately visible till you turn a corner into the bay and then Voila! We only had time to see the town on that trip but were so taken with it that we went on holiday to Budva in Montenegro a few years ago and we spent a whole day there. The main idea was to go walking up the city walls. It was 31 degrees in a glorious sunny day. I was wearing a thick cotton dress. When we finished the dress was saturated in sweat. We sat down at a cafe and each drank over two litres of water before we could eat anything. It is a wonderful place to visit.
I love this! This sounds like great travel to me. The kind of detailed memories that will last forever. So happy you have experienced this magical place დ
I always find that places off the beaten path are more interesting!
We are in perfect accord on this დ
Absolutely gorgeous. The architecture itself speaks of a different pace of life. We’re in a small town in Northern Virginia right now where everyone seems to know everyone else. A very different, and quite pleasant, experience. Your photos look to be the same kind of atmosphere.
I saw your post. It looks charming and peaceful. You have earned a vacation big time! Enjoy დ
Thanks, Cindy. It has been a good week away, and we’re ready to be home as well.
What a beautiful and picturesque place! Thank you for showing, dear Cindy.
Have a fine weekend, and be well.
Thank you Martha! Very pleased you enjoyed my friend & cheers to you დ
I have never heard of this place but your images make me want to go there! I too love places that are off the beaten path.
Yes, I do too. They are by far the best, usually just as beautiful, if not more, and without the crowds დ
What a charming place and the views are spectacular!
Beautiful images of a fairytale place
Thank you so much VJ & cheers to you დ
My pleasure, Cindy
Great place and excellent pictures!
Thank you very much Indira დ
Charming! Sounds like my kind of travel… I’m chagrined how crowded destinations have become. I look forward to your new series!
The crowds are really unbelieveable in so many places from US National Parks to most popular tourist destinations world wide დ
Thank you for sharing Cindy. It’s the kind of place that Peter and I would love to visit.
I can imagine the beautiful art you would create from the experience Leslie. I am so sorry for your loss dear friend. I know how hard it is for you დდ
Beautiful! I too prefer the less traveled places.
Yes. Crowds are a spoiler for me when traveling. I’m glad I saw a lot of places before they became over touristed დ
Kotor looks charming. Thanks for the introduction Cindy!
Happy you enjoyed Brad & cheers! დ
Fascinating, Cindy. Take us along with you! Most educational.
You are an excellent virtual traveling companion Sheila დ
Such an interesting and beautiful place. It definitely makes me look forward to your next Off the Beaten Path!
So happy you are interested Kathy & thank you my friend დ
What a lovely place! I especially like your photos of the church. Thanks for sharing, Cindy.
Thank you more for your kind appreciation Debbie დ
Wow, breathtaking views!!!
Thanks much my friend & cheers! დ
Hvala! (Thank you in Montenegrin). დ
If only those walls could talk. You can imagine the fascinating things that have happened on those streets and in those buildings. Maggie
It would be beyond incredible wouldn’t it! დ
A charming place!
Yes indeed. Cheers to you Ute დ
Thank you for sharing your travels. So interesting. This is more than likely the only way I will ever get to experience far off places!
I am very happy you are traveling virtually with me Sheryl and that you are enjoying the trip! დ
Now I see where the color venetian blue comes from. Thank you for sharing this lovely place. I hope it remains off the beaten path.
Those blue shutters are timeless aren’t they (literally!) I hope Kotor stays unspoiled too დ
Yes, they are!
Your photos are always stunning and I enjoy seeing places that I have never been 🙂
Thank you! I enjoy virtually traveling with you my friend დ
Beautiful place, gorgeous pictures!!! Thank you!!!
You are so welcome Jill & I am very happy you enjoyed! დ
Fascinating place and history that I didn’t know! thanks.
So happy you enjoyed Eileen & cheers to you! დ
Beautiful and quiet. 🤫 Ahhh.
Exactly. Cheers to you John! დ
Fine collection of photos of what seems like an imaginary place
Thank you Eddie. Like wonderland! დ
I hope to be able to go there soon!
I hope you do and quickly. The river is peaking, but there is still more snow on the peaks to melt დ
Incredible place here Cindy. The Church of St Nicholas caught my eye and I’d like to include this post in my Sunday Stills round up tomorrow (Sacred Places).
I am honored Terri. Please do. You can always use my photos. Just site the source once please. I will include interior shots of the church soon. Cheers to you Terri & thank you my friend დ
Thank you, Cindy, all I did was add the your post’s link to my post’s round up list, in case you need more people coming to your blog! 😀
Gorgeous, Cindy. You take the Road Less Traveled too! Stellar photography! I am in awe. There is another site called the Bespoke Traveler. Have you ever looked at it? Thanks for sharing.
Thanks very much Mary Ann. Yes. I follow Bespoke. Unless WP unfollowed me! Enjoy your grandbaby my friend დ
My pleasure. A sunny day after rain and cold weather. The outdoors beckons. The fragrance from our lilacs is soothing. I sang to our granddaughter yesterday. At four months, she recognized my voice and German. Have a great week. Blessings. oxox
So sweet. The feelings we have for our grandchildren is truly special.
Indeed, sweet. Nothing can compare. Enjoy your week of photography! ox
Hi Cindy, thank you so much for these beautiful photographs!
Thank you much more for your thoughtfulness Charles & take good care my friend დ
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Wunderschöne Fotos von einer hübschen Stadt, die mir auch vor vielen Jahren sehr gut gefallen hat.
Vielen danke mein leiber Freund Marie! დ
Such a charming little village, beautifully captured here, Cindy.
Beautiful photos as always. If I were to go there, I would probably never want to leave. Wow!
Smiling…..Until you start sneezing! 😉 😉
Thank you for this little tour. Beautiful, and enticing. We almost went there from Dubrovnik, but decided we were trying to cram in too much. Next time.
Lovely pictures of the ‘old’ that remains preserved. 💗 🙂
I have not traveled much (only Ireland and Scotland) outside of North America, so this is a wonderful little armchair travel for me. What an amazing town. So glad some places have not destroyed their history.
I feel the same. It is wonderful to see buildings that last for over a thousand years!
It looks that is was out of season. There are no tourists around at all, or this place is not on the tourist routes. I love not crowded places like that. Thank you, Cindy, for the lovely tour.
Thank you Alexander and, yes! Crowds are a deal breaker for me too. This place is less touristed and so much better for it დ
Fantastic, Cindy! ❦❦
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Resa დ
How beautiful, in lots of ways we have lost our way with architecture, you don’t see so many of these beautiful streets in modern towns, just box brick homes. I would love to go there.
My! It’s like going back in time. Do they have costumes too?
Nope. Not while I was there. Maybe during traditional holidays they might. I don’t know დ
It looks like falling into a storybook. What beautiful buildings and brickwork. I’d be in heaven exploring here.
We feel the same about places like this Bridgette. The are like storybooks full of charm and history დ