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Published: August 23rd 2014
Amy's time in Macedonia was split between three main areas.
We started off in Skopje, one of the quietest capital cities we've ever seen. Even on a Saturday night, the centre seemed quite serene, and at the height of rush hour the traffic never really got busy. Despite the sleepiness, Skopje has a lot to offer and we enjoyed a few days of exploring. Amy particularly loved the old Turkish quarter, mainly because she got to eat some excellent kebabs. She also really enjoyed a cable car ride up Vodno mountain to the 'Millennium Cross'. The views across the city were nice, but even better were the swings in the playground at the summit! We also took a trip out to the Matka Canyon, a really interesting gorge - and we finally found all the crowds of people who had left Skopje deserted. The trails here were well marked and it was a great place to spend a few hours.
Next stop in Macedonia was the area around the Pelister National Park. We stayed at a fantastic little place (Villa Dihovo) where Amy was treated like royalty and Mum and Dad got to enjoy some excellent home cooking along
with homemade beer and wine. A day trip in to the national park led to a fantastic hike up to the summit of Mount Pelister, the 3rd highest in Macedonia at 2601m. It was a fantastic walk, although the last 45 minutes or so to the summit was really tough going. There were great views at the top and Amy made friends with the guy running the radio tower - he even made us a cup of tea!
Our final Macedonia stop was Lake Ohrid. This place is amazing! The town of Ohrid itself was really lovely with pretty churches and great views. Amy also particularly enjoyed the local ice-cream and even sampled some fresh trout from the lake. We took it very easy here, staying 4 days and seeing all the sights. Amy dipped her toes in the lake but wouldn't join her Dad in a proper swim...
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