Climbing the Medieval Walls of Kotor, Montenegro

Looking up to St John's Fort from Kotor Town, Montenegro. There are 1,350 odd shaped steps to climb which takes about 2 hours round trip. www.typsyat60.com

Medieval wall climb – from Kotor town up to St John’s Fort. 

If ever you are lucky enough to be on a Mediterranean cruise that calls into the small medieval city of Kotor, Montenegro, a climb up to the old St John’s Fort (aka Castle of San Giovanni) is a must.  For two reasons – the incredibly outstanding views and much needed exercise after being on the ship!  (I call this a climb, but other say it’s a “huff and puff” hike…only one way for you to find out!)

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Monte Carlo – Visit the Rich and Famous

Monte Carlo Harbour

The Pristine waters and million dollar yachts at Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco. www.gypsyat60.com

Arriving at Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco

Sailing into Monte Carlo Harbour, Monaco, under early sunny skies was magical.  The deep blue colour of harbour waters are pristine and you understand why this coastline is named the Coté d ’Azure.

Bring it on for a day mingling with the rich and famous! (Well, maybe not mingling, just using a good imagination.)

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Taormina, the Charming Cliff Top Town of Sicily.

Taormina, the Charming Cliff Top Town of Sicily.

Did you know that Taormina in Sicily is called the Pearl of the Mediterranean?

Well I didn’t, and after visiting this charming 5th century medieval town the word Pearl doesn’t do it justice. Sitting on top of a 200m cliff on the Ionian Coastline it offers a view and idyllic holiday location that has few rivals.

Taormina - looking out over the Ionian Coastline

Taormina – looking out over the Ionian Coastline

You can understand why carefree nomads with a passion for arts in the 1800s called this picturesque town home.  Why not immerse yourself into a Taormina holiday and enjoy first hand a picture perfect Mediterranean location with the added bonuses of sun, shopping, local food, wine and continuous music.

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Bright Orange Rooftops of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Bright Orange Rooftops of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Dubrovnik, Croatia, on the Dalmatian coastline of the Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean) is truly a Pearl of a Place.  Some people haven’t even heard of the port – many think it’s in Turkey, e.g. me!  Dubrovnik is a city where you can enjoy the best of both modern and medieval times.

The Burnt Orange Rooftops of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Burnt Orange Rooftops of Dubrovnik, Croatia

Despite the ravages of recent troubles (wars) this magical walled city of Dubrovnik, with its marble streets and palaces, has healed. The city was truly a feast for our eyes and cameras. Rich in culture and history, with distinctive orange tiled rooftops, there was an ambience difficult to describe.

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