Thursday, May 17, 2018

Trip Notes # 8 - Kotor To Malta

Kotor, Montenegro

Our first view of Montenegro was startling in terms of beauty, its serene feeling and the small villages doting the high mountainous terrain. 

It made no difference whether our 6:00 AM arrival to the Kotor was via a fjord or as some people call it, a collapsed river valley. It's still a magnificent sight! 


20 Minute Loading Zone
People Gawked As They Passed By Our Ship Docked Along Main Street

 200 Year Old Clock - Maintained By Same Family 

 Typical Door Design 

Just when you think you've seen every type of church, along comes one that is unique, pretty, etc.

Kotor is quite a contrast to Dubrovnik: Small, historically interesting, few tourists and - quiet. 

Often, small towns have unique celebrations. Kotor is no different. Sailors are honored each year. Men and women dress in traditional clothes, religious leaders gather for services and everyone reflects on their heritage.

                                             Traditional Dress 

"Cannons To The Left, Cannons To The Right...Volleyed And Thundered"

We had the town museum all to our selves. 
 Divers found ancient wine container 


Many ship models gave us an idea of the maritime heritage of this area

 Very Old Anchor 

 Time To Say "Good-Bye" To Kotor

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Corfu (Northern part of Greece) is close to Albania. We skipped the all-day tour and joined the ship's chef in buying food at the local market. It was easy, interesting and fun. The return drive to the ship took us through the older part of town. There is a lot to see - perhaps another time. 

We tasted as the chef purchased food for the ship 

Bee hive: Notice the bee with a red dot. That's the queen bee 

Another Seabourn surprise - Greek dancing. We were told that Seabourn brought in Greece's best Bouzouki musician. Yes, they played and danced to "Never On Sunday" and "Zorba." 

Getting Dressed For Dinner Is Always Fun


This is our second trip to Malta. There is a lot to see on this island ranging from visiting pre-historic (underground) burial sites, above ground temples and the lively main street in the center of town.  

Hal Saflieni: Hypogeum 

Probably 60-100 Feet Underground 

Many People Buried In Rooms - Continuing To Carve Out More Chambers 

 This may have been the hi-lite of the trip - truly magical! 

 Art work 4000-5000 BC

Hagar Qim Temples

Much like Stonehenge, these ancient people were well acquainted with movement of sun, moon, planets, etc.The below model shows how once a year, the sun will shine through an opening in one of the temple walls. 

 Moving Large and Heavy Stone Blocks Took Engineering Know How


Timing was perfect to see cannons being shot at noon and... 

 take a tour of the British WWII command center - very interesting for war buffs.  

 Underground Tunnels 

 Fascinating Tour: Guide Took Us Back To 1942 

Exhaustion set in from continual getting in and out of a van and climbing up and down many steep steps. It was also rather hot. Before crashing for a late afternoon and deserved rest, we returned to the ship in time to watch the end of a military parade in honor of the Ovation's inaugural voyage.

Maltese Cross. Where's Humphrey Bogart? Where's The Falcon?

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Inaugural Festivities

The Inaugural ceremony was amazing! A 30-piece orchestra was flown to the ship. 

Passengers dressed up - black tie, gowns, etc.

Additional singers were brought to the ship. 

Elaine Page met us in Malta to sing and to help formally christen the boat (champagne bottle breaks on the ship's haul)

There was a special dinner...

Great Food!

Dancing On Deck After Dinner

 A huge fireworks show set the tone for more good things to come. 

And the beat goes on...  

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