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Misty chestnut woods near Gornji Stoliv. Donji Stoliv (Lower Stoliv) is a pleasant seaside village with a huddle of stone houses on the shores of Boka Kotorska. It’s worth stopping here to take the idyllic but steep half-hour’s walk through the olive and chestnut trees to the upper village, Gornji Stoliv, located on the slopes of Mount Velji Vrh. A narrow path leads uphill from the graveyard and you continue by an old, rough pebble path that zigzags up to this peaceful hamlet. This photograph was taken towards the top of the path in beautiful chestnut woods on a misty day when we were walking up into the clouds. Luckily the mist cleared and gave us a fantastic view over the entire Boka Kotorska (Bay of Kotor): at 250m, the views over the bay to Perast are sublime: see the Workshop image. Most houses are abandoned, but the village has succeeded in keeping its original form and authenticity. The families who lived here for centuries have now left, with only a few houses remaining in use and the rest in varying states of picturesque ruin. A church dedicated to the prophet Elijah (Crkva Sv Ilije) dating from 1553 keeps a lonely vigil (see a previous posting). Goats roam around the church perched on the top of the hill above the village. Of course, donkeys – and Shank’s Pony - are the only means of transportation here.

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