Blogs from Ohrid, Macedonia, Europe


Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid August 25th 2015

I'm writing this from our balcony, overlooking the lake, with a nice glass of Macedonian rose. Or 'roze' in Macedonian. It's really very pleasant. It's a good job the pronunciation of Ohrid isn't something like the English 'horrid', because it'd be a terrible description (it's more like 'ohkrid' if you were wondering). If you're trying to locate the place on a map, don't use Apple maps as the entire lake seemingly doesn't exist... Last night we ate dinner by the lake, trying Macedonian meze, including ajvar, made from red peppers, and a local trout dish. The meal was delicious, and the cuvée wine we tried really very nice, with a beautiful view out over the lake and to the floodlit little church above us. After dinner we strolled back, and found ourselves watching the last night ... read more

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid August 24th 2015

This morning we were greeted by a beautiful view across the lake from our balcony... In one direction is the edge of Ohrid town, with Albania beyond, and in the other, the edge of the lake stretching into the distance, with green hills of the Galichica National Park rising from the lake. After a nice relaxing breakfast on our balcony, we set off to wander around the town. We walked up through the old, cobbled streets and along the cliffs to the old church of Sveti Jovan (St John), which sits on a cliff above the lake. It's very picturesque, and the guidebook claims it's the most photographed place in the country. Inevitably, this means we have quite a few photos of it... unfortunately the gadget that transfers photos from the camera to my tablet is ... read more
Towards Albania
Along the Macedonian side of the lake
Ohrid town

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid August 23rd 2015

After a long day of travelling, involving a very slow train, an enormous queue at Luton airport and then an unexplained delay to our flight, we made it to Ohrid airport. On the approach, we flew over the lake, getting a great view of the town of Ohrid. After finding that the only ATM at the airport didn't work (you can't buy Macedonian currency abroad) we managed to get into town by paying twice the usual bus fare in euros! We located our room, and were shown all its features by a nice elderly man who had waited past the usual check in time for us to arrive. There's a balcony with a lake view, although it was dark by the time we got here, so it'll be a nice surprise to see over the lake ... read more

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 17th 2014

The last day in Ohrid I took a boat ride of the lake that went to Sveti Naum, the same monastery. It was an hour and a half ride, and I was really doing it for the boat ride. What I didn't know was that the boat would stay there for 3.5 hours before coming back. People were planning the whole day at the beach there. I had no suit and no towel, no idea that this would be the case. The guy who rented me the room neglected to mention this. But anyway, I looked at the place again and then found a beach and sat under a tree reading instead of swimming. It was still nice, just not ideal. But overall, a really great area to visit.... read more
Boat ride
Boat ride
Boat ride past old village

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 15th 2014

This was my first stop in Macedonia, and one of my favorite places of the trip. Getting here from Saranda, however, was not my favorite. In itself, getting here was quite an accomplishment. There is only one bus a day I could take, to a town called Korca, and it left from the bus station at 5:30am. The guy who ran the hotel assured me that I could just stand on the road five minutes from the hotel and flag the bus down and it would be fine. No need to go all the way there - and it was a ways - or buy a ticket ahead of time. I believed him, knowing how this works, but I was still nervous I would miss it. Luckily, there is not much traffic at that time, and ... read more
Old amphitheatter
Lake Ohrid
Peahen and baby

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid July 23rd 2013

From Blato border near Debar, Macedonia to Skopje via Ohrid. Ah to be in Macedonia again. A homecoming of sorts and for me a place where wonderful childhood memories were made – learning to blow bubbles, donkey rides, long grass, catching fire flies, sunshine. The reality of returning to Macedonia was not quite like that. In fact, not at all. Yes there was sunshine (a little too strong), yes there was long grass and I may have even seen a horse and cart. But that is where the comparisons end. Debar, the first town I got to after the border is a small, bustling, down-at-heel place and, to my eyes at least, in need of some government intervention of the monetary kind. Then again, my childhood memories were not made in this place and to be ... read more
Another flower
Mountain road to Galichnik

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid June 26th 2013

Around 9am, I woke up from a nice sleep. It's my last day in Ohrid and I had to check out of the guesthouse by 11am (Valentin Apartments, around $7 for a single room/shared bath). I am already feeling a bit saddened since I really enjoyed my stay in Macedonia and I greatly appreciated all the the hospitality I encountered, not to mention the country as a whole, including Ohrid, is relatively inexpensive. My bus to Budva, Montenegro does not leave until 10:40pm (around 1400 denars one way) so I have another full day to enjoy the town one more time for the road. I packed all of my bags and kept them in a friend's room and returned to the home of the family I had met the night before! While waiting for one of ... read more

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid June 25th 2013

Hello again! It has been a while since I have last typed up anything so I decided to free myself from the laziness that has been preventing me from contributing to this site! I actually landed in Skopje June 20th so I'll have to catch up on the previous days! Fast forward to June 25, 2013. After a long day in Bitola, I returned to my base of Ohrid. Feeling hungry I decided to catch a bus to town to grab a bite to eat. As I was pondering over which direction I would take I stopped in front of a house and asked two young teens in passing where I need to catch the bus. After a few hand gestures they pointed behind me (to the house I was standing in front of). Confused, I ... read more
Ohrid 2013

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid October 2nd 2012

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is now fortunately known simply as Macedonia. After achieving independence from Yugoslavia in the 1990s, Macedonia was forced to adopt the lengthy moniker in order to avoid tensions with Greece. I only visited Lake Ohrid which many say is the highlight of Macedonia. Hard to disagree as it is beautiful. I am currently in Shkodra, Albania and heading to Budva, Montenegro via Ulcinj tomorrow morning. Albania has been a pleasant surprise. $US ≈ 48MKD (Macedonian dinars) but accommodation and much transport can be paid for with euros Accommodation and food After arriving from Istanbul on a 16 hour bus ride I was not up for a long search for a place to crash. By chance I met a very nice Albanian political organizer who took me around to an ATM ... read more
Roman Amphitheater

Europe » Macedonia » Ohrid » Ohrid September 17th 2012

Resumo: Opção b. Tive um dia maravilhoso. Estou bem. Hora de ir embora. Sair da Albania para a Macedonia. Opção a) taxi 5euros + ônibus 2euros OU b) caminhar+van 0.4euros+caminhar+cruzar fronteira a pé+caronas? A vida é a soma de nossas escolhas e as minhas são, na maioria das vezes, as menos óbvias. Opção b. Segue abaixo o que para muitos pode parecer banal, mas para mim foi um dia maravilhoso. Caminhei quase 10 minutos ate conseguir encontrar uma van que fosse até Tushemist (última cidade antes da fronteira). A viagem em si foi curta, mas prazerosa ao longo lago Ohrid. Como ninguém aparentemente falava inglês eu disse: “Me, Tushemist, border, Macedonia, walk”. Me senti uma debiloide falando. Rs. A moça do lado parecia ter entendido, falou com o motorista e depois desceu da Van: “mirupafshim” (bye). ... read more
Tks Peter & Vije
Visiting Sveti Naum
Ok .. no bikini

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