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BRADBURY ON AZAMARA 7 - Day 4 KOTOR

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    BRADBURY ON AZAMARA 7 - Day 4 KOTOR

    Having been totally enchanted by this charming place yesterday evening I cant wait to go ashore today. After Egg on Toast for breakfast, we made our way ashore for another walk around this walled town. I cannot describe to you how pretty and unspoilt it is, walking through the squares and the small alleyways which have so much charm. We found a nice cafe away from the main squares and had the obligatory coffee and brandy. Had a problem at first as I got quizzical looks brandy what is this –I ask for Cognac...No No we dont have, but then she goes inside and comes back out we have Martell will that be ok. Yes, yes thats it. OK that sorted. We amble back through just having a pleasant wander, stopping at little archways, small churches and also found some of the steps which you can climb to go right up into the hills. For those that know the zig zag steps in Santorini think along those lines but much more uneven in places and a good 40 min climb or so I heard from those that did it. Wonderful views but not for us in this this heat. The temperatures by the way today and forecast again for tomorrow; 26 degrees in the morning and 34 degrees in the afternoon. The shops here are pleasant -not in your face, nothing sprawled out over into the pavement, you really have to go inside to see what they have to offer.

    Satisfied with our walk around we return to the ship but having already decided that we will return back ashore an hour later to dine here for lunch. I love it so much I still want to soak up more of the atmosphere. Back on Ship we stop by the desk set up near Guest Relations where each day they bring on board a local tourist rep who is there to assist with any local knowledge. This is a nice touch because its so convenient doing this on ship, without having to go ashore unsure of where to head and helps you plan a little in advance. I like this. I asked what would be a good recommendation for local food. Prosciutto Ham and Cheese and the local Meat Lamb Dishes or Goulash, sounded good to me. Especially as we had walked by the front stalls this morning which the previous evening having been layed out with souveniers now displayed all the local fruit, veg and meats. I had spotted these huge legs of dried meats and wanted to try some.

    Rested from this morning we headed ashore back to restaurant I had earmarked earlier, sadly they did not do meats only pasta and fish but happily recommended one that did. A short walk around the corner we found it. Food was ordered however they had ran out of lamb but I was happy to go with the Beef Goulash. The Ham and Cheese really was enough for four people and OH had already order fish soup for his starter. The fish bouillabaisse was excellent so was the hand made local bread. The Ham and Cheese arrived on a platter with olives and an icecream scoop of local butter. It was very tasty but between us we could not eat it all. We also enjoyed the Goulash and Rice washed down with tankards of lager. Not ladylike I know but much appreciated in the heat it went down better than a glass of wine. That accomplished, time once again to return to ship.

    We were just about to walk up the gangway when I overhead a couple of guys say beach and swim. Beach! Swim! Where! I butted in have you been swimming, yes just over there and pointed to a little beach just opposite the ships berth around the corner. Another mission, I say to OH I want to go, lets go onboard and get our swimgear. Him thinking that was it for the day was reluctant to go back off again, but a sweet, well I will go myself them had him changing his mind. I would have gone even if he didnt - honest! So back in the cabin, quick change of clothing, costumes on, we decided to take nothing other than our cruise cards. We made our way down to the gangway where we picked up a bottle of water, the conveniently available pool towels and headed off. A short walk to the left of the ships berth along past a childrens play park across a water inlet and a car park, then veer of down a small road to the left again brought us to the start of the beach. I could see ahead was a little was a more commercial looking beach with umbrellas and chairs but I hate those sort of beaches and was happy with this little patch with nothing on it that the locals were using. It was shale but not uncomfortable shale. We just dropped our clothing down on the side of a wall and headed off in.

    If any of you have ever been lucky enough to swim in Megans Bay at St. Thomas in the Caribbean, then this is just about the closest you will ever get to that view right here in the Mediterranean. It was breathtaking. This place will stay with my memories for a long time. I could easily return here for a few days and be very happy and I say that of very few places. I can honestly say if you ever see this place on an itinerary make it one of the places you must do for it is truly worth it.

    That mission accomplished, we return back to the ship, noting on the short 5 or 6 minute walk back to the ship that on our left opposite the childrens park and play area is a modern shopping mall. Now two hours work awaits at the keyboard, whilst trying to keep glimpsing out at the view as we pulled up anchor and sailed out back through the beautiful fjord. Words like magical, enchanting and fairytale keep coming to me to describe Kotor as I kept glancing up and out of the balcony window to see little castles like you see in fairytale books dotted along the way.

    Soon it was time to get ready for Dinner, so at 8pm we joined a small queue for tables. Soon at the front, again it was better to share, so another set of friends to make at the dinner table. It is a great way of socialising and makes it so much more easier to stop and say hello to people later. This evening menu, Char Sui Chicken Starter, Fish Chowder and I opted for the Turkey which sounded nice stuffed with apricots. The main course however again was a disappointment and I rarely if ever send food back, but on this rare occasion I did. It was just so tasteless.... and there I have finally put my finger on it. The food just seems tasteless. I had thought maybe it was me, I know sometimes our palates can change if we are a little run down or something, but having eaten ashore today and thoroughly enjoyed it, I now know its not me. This was swiftly changed for the lobster ravioli and red snapper. Cant go much wrong with fish and this was enjoyable. The Apple Tart Tatin was however excellent and really tasty with a syrup sauce infused with ginger. But I am still not wowed by the food. I really do enjoy my food and will try and eat anything. Our last few cruises I have been blown away by the food and came out every night saying wow wasnt that superb, but here I'm just not getting that.

    We head off just gone 10pm for the vocalist Cabaret. We always perch ourselves on a seat at the back whichever ship we are on and can make up our minds within minutes whether its for us or not. Within a couple of minutes we had both decided at the same time it was time to move on. In search of something different, I suggested we head up to the open deck area aft of the buffet where I know they serve food but also was under the impression that the bar would be open and maybe a little trio playing there and thought it would be nice to sit in the warm night air taking a nice evening drink. Alas this was now closed. Shame I thought as it would have been a nice charming way to spend the evening.

    As we were walking back through the buffet area my OH spotted the jugs of milk by the coffee dispensers. Here you go he said why dont you sample the milk. No I cant – go on there is no one else around he says. So the builders mugs (the only receptacles we could find) were filled with samples from the jugs each labelled Milk, Skimmed and Cream. So Goldilocks tried each of the three drinks (just thought of that – Goldilocks lol) Goldilocks thought the milk smelt too horrid and the cream a little too creamy but the Skimmed milk was just about right. So that having been solved I now know what to ask for.

    It was now by this time nearly 10.45 which was Karaoke time. A favourite pastime of mine and I thought time to belt out a few of my favourite songs. It was a good fun hour or so with some good singers, some bad singers and some funny singers. I treated everyone to my renditions from Connie Francis, Pasty Cline and Debbie Reynolds. That over it was now time to retire for the night.
    Last edited by Bradbury, Coventry; 23rd August 2012, 12:55 PM.

    #2
    Another fascinating read Bradbury.
    Don't blame you with the tankards, far more refreshing than a glass of wine... of which you could have later.
    Never been to Kotor, but it is now on my must do list. Especially the beach which you liken to Magens Bay. I know you said Megan's (We do too, as it is our granddaughters name) We had the most wonderful swim there. Incredible!
    Kotor... here we come!

    Carry on cruising and blogging... loving it
    sigpic*Carol M*

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      #3
      Sounds a bliss place. Loving your blogs.

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        #4
        Kotor sounds magical. Definately now on my 'to do' list.
        Cruising my way through life!

        Sue

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          #5
          We loved Kotor when we were there last year on a Solstice cruise. The sail in is truly spectacular, and as you said, we kept thinking we had arrived only to make another turn and see more wonderful scenery. Like you, we stayed around the town and didn't take a tour, but enjoyed the friendly atmosphere. I wish we had had an overnight there.
          Sheila

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            #6
            I have been reading your every word and enjoying your blogs immensely. I was particularly interested in your view of Kotor. Knowing you to be an experienced cruiser, your words were praise indeed. We will be there next month and I am now looking forward to it even more than I was before.
            Thankyou Bradbury and I hope you continue to enjoy what sounds like a great cruise.
            Jill

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              #7
              No wonder you were selected for this blog Bradbury, you are naturally gifted. Thanks for the gen on Kotor, we can't wait to visit it sounds divine.

              I noted that one of your favourite karaoke songs was a Pasty Cline number - is she from Cornwall Perhaps she comes with Wilba's chips

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                #8
                Originally posted by Hampshire Thorn, Fareham View Post
                No wonder you were selected for this blog Bradbury, you are naturally gifted. Thanks for the gen on Kotor, we can't wait to visit it sounds divine.

                I noted that one of your favourite karaoke songs was a Pasty Cline number - is she from Cornwall Perhaps she comes with Wilba's chips
                Obviously a mistype Patsy of course. Dont always have the time to fully read back and correct any errors, coupled with the autoword fill on this laptop - you may come across some odd /strange words if I dont spot them immediatley. I am just typing as I literally think it, without any forward palnning/drafting.

                For anyone interested the songs were: Whos sorry Now, Crazy and my favourite Tammy.

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                  #9
                  Thanks for another informative blog Bradbury. Like others I'm really enjoying 'our Azamara cruise'
                  Where are we going tomorrow then?
                  Have fun

                  Tarkah

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                    #10
                    So it seems Kotor can compete with Venice regarding sail in. keep up the posts

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                      #11
                      another fun chapter Bradbury.

                      never been to Kotor but it is now on my list of must do's. you made it sound magical.
                      don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                        #12
                        Another great episode. Really enjoying reading about your cruise.
                        Fossil1

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                          #13
                          I don't come on here very often but have come on especially to read your blog as I was pm'd to pop in and read it, it sounds like you are having a great time, makes me get even more excited for ours in 3 weeks, I can't wait for Dubrovnik as we haven't been before, I went near there when I was 15 when it was Yugoslavia. Keep it up, very enjoyable reading

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Hampshire Thorn, Fareham View Post
                            No wonder you were selected for this blog Bradbury, you are naturally gifted. Thanks for the gen on Kotor, we can't wait to visit it sounds divine.

                            I noted that one of your favourite karaoke songs was a Pasty Cline number - is she from Cornwall Perhaps she comes with Wilba's chips
                            It's not me HT honest!! but I may be Crazy!! CG
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                              #15
                              Thanks Bradbury, another wonderful and discriptive review of Kotor, again such attention to detail briliant blogg, keep them coming I feel as though I am onboard. CG
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