I just returned from a river cruise along the Adriatic where one of our stops was Kotor, Montenegro. We had a local guide help us explore this ancient town, and one of the places she took us to was their Maritime Museum. This small museum housed a tremendous treasure trove of artifacts from sailors and the city’s long naval history.
One artifact was definitely out of place: a replica of a terra-cotta warrior from Xian, China. Our museum guide informed us that Xian is a sister city to Kotor, as is Santa Barbara. Several people in our group who knew I had family in Santa Barbara, jokingly said that I must be the city’s gift to the museum, since there was no other.
So, Santa Barbara, you have been linked with this wonderful UNESCO protected city since 2009. How about coming up with a gift? Something that illustrates your long and colorful history? The Maritime Museum in Kotor, Montenegro, is waiting.