11 Jul, 2011 in Macedonia
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About a 100km from Macedonia’s capital Skopje is a quiet little town that really takes you back in time into a different century. It’s one of the oldest towns in Macedonia and till now it preserves much of its simplicity and more traditional architecture, which in this case would mean – mud and stones.   […]

1 Jul, 2011 in Macedonia
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One of the first stops in my Balkans tour was the lovely monastery of Saint Joakim Osogovski set in a valley just off from Kriva Palanka in Macedonia and not too far away from the capital – Skopje . It’s a gorgeous little area where monks have been settling since the 12th century. …

27 May, 2011 in Macedonia
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Saint Naum Springs at National Park Galicica, Lake Ohrid, Ohrid, Saint Naum Monastery, Strumica, & Bitola are some of the wonderful spots I had the pleasure of visiting in Macedonia. Skopje is the capital city of Macedonia and has the largest population with ~700,000 citizens. Unfortunately, the entire Macedonian territories and Skopje in particular went […]

28 Jan, 2011 in Macedonia
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It’s a perfect nature retreat, I only wish I could have stayed longer. Nikola, the local boat-guide at the Saint Naum springs of National Park Galicicia, also gave me a bit of a surprise with his well rehearsed ability to speak and sing Hebrew. He’s quite an adorable gentlemen tour-guide, doing the little he can […]

13 Jan, 2011 in Macedonia
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We only made a very brief stop in Bitola for a few hours, but we still had time to stroll around the charming central area and visit one heritage area.     Wikitravel has a good intro: Bitola is quite nice, and it is favourite …

12 Jan, 2011 in Macedonia
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Not too far away from beautiful Ohrid with its enchanting monasteries and the Ohrid lake is the monastery of Saint Naum of Ohrid, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Macedonia. The monastery was founded by Saint Naum back in the 10th century and is where the saint is buried.   …

20 Oct, 2010 in Macedonia
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To give you a taste of the history behind the wonderful city of Ohrid in Macedonia (near the gorgeous Ohrid Lake), I present to you – Saint Pantheleimon Monastery, also known as Saint Clement Monastery, both names indicative of the vast history taking place in Ohrid.   …

18 Oct, 2010 in Macedonia
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One of the main attractions of Ohrid in Macedonia is the beautiful Ohrid Lake. Deep blue fresh water, with terrific weather all almost all year around, I’d say this is gotta be one of the best spots for a vacation in the Balkans. Swim, chill, take a boat-ride, or visit the historically endless Ohrid, it’s […]

17 Oct, 2010 in Macedonia
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Ohrid was one of the nicest surprises in my visit to the Balkans. Set about 700 meters above sea level next to a gorgeous natural fresh-water Ohrid lake, this spot enjoys terrific weather all year around and absolutely stunning panorama views (reminded me of Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan). But it doesn’t stop there, […]

14 Oct, 2010 in Macedonia
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Located in eastern Macedonia, close to the border with Bulgaria, is the quiet little town of Strumica. It was mainly intended as a night stop-over (staying at Sirius Hotel), but it turned out the area does have something to offer and the morning tour arranged with a local tour company was rather enjoyable.   …

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