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Old September 18th, 2017, 11:04 PM   #481
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Gorgeous!
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Old September 19th, 2017, 08:16 AM   #482
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The "woman's head rock" could as well be a pharao... - great stone formations!

This landscape rocks!
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Old September 19th, 2017, 05:23 PM   #483
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indeed! it's looks really woman's head a Prilep's sphinx
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Old September 21st, 2017, 10:20 PM   #484
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Kuklici (Stone Dolls) is located 8km northwest from Kratovo. It is known as a natural phenomena of characteristic erosive pillars, and due to the interesting appearance of these pillars that resemble of human figures arranged as a 'petrified wedding guest', the local population believes in the legend of the 'happy wedding'.

The most famous legend about the formation of the stone pillars is the one of a man who couldn't decide which of his two girls to marry. So, he planned to marry both of them on the same day, but when the bride-to-be listened that there's another wedding in the same village, went to see who's getting married the same day as she is. When the desperate bride saw her future husband marrying another woman she cursed him, his future wife and all the guests who attended the wedding and they were immediately turned into stones. Each of the stone columns is given a name and place in the wedding so you can see the bride, groom, the best man and all the other guests.

There're 148 dolls in the locality.
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At the entrance...

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Куклици Kuklici (3) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (5) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (8) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (9) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (10) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (13) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (18) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (19) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (20) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

TO BE CONTINUED...
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Truly remarkable formations, George! A bit reminiscent of Goblin State Park, Utah, though in a different stone. Easy to see why there are many legends about such a site.
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The legend reminds me of ancient Greek tragedies, George!

A great place, and many of the formations really look like people!
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Kuklici (Stone Dolls), part two

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Куклици Kuklici (30) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (31) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (32) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

I had no idea that cactuses can grow in Macedonia

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Куклици Kuklici (46) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (48) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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The terrain around Kuklici

Куклици Kuklici (51) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (54) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

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Куклици Kuklici (57) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (58) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (59) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

Куклици Kuklici (60) by george k. 1981, on Flickr

THE END

Bonus photos - nearby there is a small tavern where you can eat very delicious food, and they have great cabin house for children.

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A wonderful place to explore, and great pics - thank you very much, George!
I'm also astonished to find a cactus there. But could imagine that this place
has many rare plants.
Does Macedonia have interesting snakes? My instinct tells me that this
area could be an ideal habitat for snakes, with water to drink and cool down,
and with many sunny places to warm up again.
That's sure a place I would be very often if I lived nearby.
Nice cabin house for the children!
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O, yes, we have a lot of snakes here, some of them are venomous.

Here's a list of snakes from Wikipedia: List of snakes in the Republic of Macedonia
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Beautiful rock formations and landscape!
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O, yes, we have a lot of snakes here, some of them are venomous.

Here's a list of snakes from Wikipedia: List of snakes in the Republic of Macedonia
Thank you for this link, George!
I knew it...
Some of them are really beautiful, like the Caspian and Dahl's Whipsnake,
the Europaean Leopard Snake, E. Cat Snake and the very venomous
Vipera ammodytes (of the last we have a few also here in southern Austria).

If I was in Macedonia, I would go for walks to find some snakes and take
pics of them - with a good strong telephoto lens.
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