Klimbing to San Giovanni Kastle (challenge letter k)

Mel and Geoff suggested I hiKe up to San Giovanni's Kastle while I'm in Kotor, Montenegro. 

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Giovanni, John, Ivan? It has many names. The fortress was originally built in Medieval times and has undergone modifications and repairs since. From the 9-19th C the walls were completed forming a belt around the old urban centre. Now this area is filled with upmarket souvenir and fashion and jewellery stores and of course the ubiquitous pizza restaurant. There are 18 Churches and 9 Palaces ( remains of) within the gates.

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I wasn't too sure just how much of a hike this was going to be so I checked reviews on Trip Advisor to see what people were saying. Hmmm serious hike, go early in the morning to make use of the shade, take lots of water and if you have a heart condition, don't attempt it. Oh Gosh. 

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it was stinking hot, as usual when I checked in to my accom. Carefully chosen, so I'm very close to the start of the hike. Yes, it's steep and uphill all the way.  

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I woke at 4am to thunder and lightning, then gently came the rain. I checked the forecast and by 9 am it would be pretty much finished and remain cloudy for the remainder of the day. Terrific, so I head out the door a little before 9. My host didn't think it was a good idea as he felt The rain was not over. Oh well If I get wet I wasn't too far from home. So off I go, large bottle of water, map and camera. 

 Yes, it was uphill all the way, all 1500 stone steps!! 

Yes, it was uphill all the way, all 1500 stone steps!! 

 The storm was now on the other side of the harbour, still creating thunder and lightning as it moved along the range.  

The storm was now on the other side of the harbour, still creating thunder and lightning as it moved along the range.  

 I knew I'd be safe, I had Ivan looking after me. thanks Ivan.  

I knew I'd be safe, I had Ivan looking after me. thanks Ivan.  

 Part of the original wall, showing the arrow slots.  

Part of the original wall, showing the arrow slots.  

 I made it to the top, and it started to spit rain again.  

I made it to the top, and it started to spit rain again.  

 So I whip out my umbrella!! 

So I whip out my umbrella!! 

 Then I found the chair Ivan had left for me, nicely sheltered out of the rain.  

Then I found the chair Ivan had left for me, nicely sheltered out of the rain.  

 Some window details from San Giovanni's Castle.  

Some window details from San Giovanni's Castle.  

 And down we go, getting wetter and wetter as the rain just settled in for the rest of the morning.  

And down we go, getting wetter and wetter as the rain just settled in for the rest of the morning.  

 Looking down on the old part of town. Rain drops on the camera lens.  

Looking down on the old part of town. Rain drops on the camera lens.  

you can see lightning about 2/3 way through the vid. My accom is just off to the right, everyone else on the hike was English speaking and from the cruise ship. 

 

 Saturated, with squelchy shoes.  

Saturated, with squelchy shoes.  

 This kind baker to the photo for me, he kept waving his hands around saying Dobro, dobro!!  

This kind baker to the photo for me, he kept waving his hands around saying Dobro, dobro!!  

 all my wet belongings hanging on the towel drying rack in my bathroom. I even had to wring the water out from poor old Harri. 

all my wet belongings hanging on the towel drying rack in my bathroom. I even had to wring the water out from poor old Harri.