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 Travel Diary : Ex-Yougoslavia Part 5: Macedonia

Ex-Yugoslavia Part 5: Macedonia

When i left Kosovo, I could enter the last of the 6 countries of Ex-Yugoslavia which I wanted to visit: Macedonia. Perhaps you know the dish called "macedoine" in France. You undoubtedly wonder if it is a typical dish of this country? Not at all, this dish was besides created in Paris in the beginning of the 20th century. However, the origin of the name of this dish (which is actually a salad) got a relation with the area of Macedonia. Indeed Macedonia got inhabitants coming from differents and various places. During the history, this area was under the influence of great powers like the Byzantine, Othoman empire or recently of Yugoslavia. In Skopje, the capital, we can for example find several kind of building.

In the city center, we can find the district of Plostad. The architecture is undoubtedly a bit modern and comes from the communist time, therefore Yugoslav and from Slavic influence. I went towards the heights to allow you to enjoy a panoramic point of view. We can recognize the main square in the middle: "The Square of Macedonia".

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Then we cross the Kameni Host's bridge crossing the river Vardar...

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... and we arrive straight in the Old Bazaar, district of Othoman influence in the city of Skopje. It is strange to see that these two kind of architecture are separed by the presence of a symbolic border like this river.

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Likewise, according to a census made recently in Skopje, the city got inhabitants who are mainly macedonians, Albanians, Serbs, Bosnians and roms (those are often called gipsies in english). Thus, with a variety of people like this, we can understand why this French chief choosed to call his salad "Macedoine".

But the Republic of Macedonia, as we call the country today, got many assets. I had fun to tour the country by hitch-hiking and I could discover amazing mountains or lake landscapes. One time, I arrived an evening close to Prilep in the south of the country, I was looking for the monastery of Teskavec because I heard that we can sleep there for free. This monastery is located approximately at 10 kilometers from the city. Arriving for the first time in this place, I ask for my way and a young man wanted to help me by paying me the taxi. Too bad, the taxi doesn't go the evening in this place because the road is bad but can send a jeep for 30 euros. Knowing that the average of the monthly salary in macedonia is about 300 euros, this solution is forgotten. Then I go for a walk for 3 hours in the most total black, under a little rain and find this famous monastery... which is not the one I was looking for. However I am accomodated with the most total astonishment by a couple which wasn't expecting to receive a visit in the middle of the mountains in this hour. They will host me and feed me this evening. I allow myself to let their picture because they really help me that night:

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Leaving the next morning, I have been simply surprised by the beauty of the place which I haven't been able to see of course while arriving night. We can also have a look on the beginning of the road which I walked the day before (I learned that I walked 12 kilometers the day before, not bad!)


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Landscapes of mountains, landscapes lof lakes... and if both are combined, we have the gaining ticket. Indeed, the Lake Ohrid in the South-west of the country is quite simply splendid. This lake got a particularity: it has a side in Macedonia and another in Albania.
Watch the view and book your next holidays!


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Yes, your next holidays because of course this lake is a tourist asset for a country like Macedonia. The two main balneal cities along this lake are Struga and Ohrid... which gave its name to the lake. So i was in need to go to see if the city deserve to get the same name of the lake. And well, I haven't been disappointed either. Therefore, like I am getting used to, direction the heights of the city to have a look with a good point of view.


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Where I have been surprised, it is by plurality and the diversity of the things that we can see in this little town of Ohrid: there are various churches, a Roman theater, a fortress, a seaside resort... and I am sure to forget some! More sightseeing than in some european capitals

A building that I really liked: the Saint Sofia Church


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And the wonderful Classical Theater coming from hellenic domination time or roman time

 

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Macedonia is a little and cute country to visit and I don't regret to have been there. I also finish with my visit of ex-Yugoslavia countries and then I move to Greece to find a better weather before leaving Europe by Istanbul which i Hope for New Year's day 2008.

See you soon, Jeremy, the master of the mountains :))


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