Our Lady of the Rocks
In Montenegro, I fell in love the delightful man-made island of Our Lady of the Rock with its charming history. It was built by seamen in 1452 to house an icon of The Madonna and Child which they found washed up on the rock. To this day on July 22nd locals throw rocks into the sea to widen the surface of the island whose pretty blue-domed chapel has several striking paintings and tapestries, including one embroidered over 25 years by a lady from nearby Perast while she waited for her sweetheart to return from sea. She used gold and silver thread as well as her own hair.
The pretty coastal town of Perast has the trademark Venetian influence which is so prolific here with 16 white Mediterranean style churches.