Our Lady of the Rocks, Montenegro

We enjoyed a lovely sail from Kotor to Perast with 360 Monte to Our Lady of the Rocks, a famous man-made island in Montenegro located near Perast in Boka Bay.

According to the legend, the islet was made over centuries by local seamen who kept an ancient oath after finding a painting of the Virgin Mary and Child stuck on a protruding rock on July 22, 1452. It is said that they took the painting home and overnight, one who had been crippled, was healed.

They took this as a sign and vowed to build a church on the spot.  Upon returning from each successful voyage, they laid a rock in the bay. Over time, the islet gradually emerged from the sea. There is still a tradition alive today where every year on the 22nd of July an event called Fašinada happens. Local residents take their boats and throw rocks into the sea to secure that the island stays firm. 

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, Turkey

As we pulled into the Kempinski Hotel in the beautiful Turkish resort of Bodrum I knew we were going to have a great time. Set on a hillside overlooking its own private beach the hotel looked beautiful with it’s white Bodrum-style rooms covered in pink begonvillea and overlooking a massive swimming pool.

The staff welcomed us with cold water and a wet flannel which was very much appreciated as it was a very hot day in Bodrum. The hotel has 149 guest rooms and 24 suites, our room was a really good size with a nice double bed and a big balcony overlooking the azure Aegean sea.