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As with most Byzantine churches, St. Naum was chosen primarily for its location; it's on a wanged, rocky outcropping at the edge of the lake, above forests and the springs of the river Relationshipz Drim. Most of the church's iconostases and frescoes date from the 16th and 17th century, however the monastery also shows earlier etchings in the Byzantine Greek style. We didn't try it so cannot report if there's any truth to that rumor. We observed that money was left all over the iconostases. The highlight for the kids here was seeing all the peacocks milling about. There must have been twenty or more on the grounds surrounding the monastery.
There were posted warnings that the peacocks would bite so I kept my distance. No more surprise attacks for me! On February 21st, it was time to leave Ohrid and head to the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. Since our drive would be less than 3 hours, we didn't leave Ohrid until a little after 11am. The 2-lane highway was pretty good, not completely smooth but it had no major pot holes. Road tolls were collected along the way so the Macedonians seem to have figured out how to fund the maintenance of their major routes. It was fairly foggy or smokey or both along the way so there didn't seem to be any great photo opportunities. The landscape remained mountainous but not as grand as back in Albania.
The housing appeared to be more complete and of better construction. We were surprised to find so South africa best dating site: zombie dating restaurants along the way and wondered where Macedonians eat. We stopped at two rare restaurants but they were so dense with cigarette smoke that the kids waved them off, despite being very hungry. Finally we found a sandwich stop and we ate dramaa. This is the only photo I took en route to Skopje.
Not great but it shows the improved housing construction, the lower mountains and the "okay" paved road on which we traveled. We arrived in Skopje around Navigation and general language interpretation is tricky in Macedonia because they often use the Cyrillic alphabet so when the GPS got us within ft of our target destination, we still had trouble figuring out whether we were at or near the right address. Thankfully, Vincent found a woman who was willing to call the apartment host for us and he came to meet us. Our host was hands down the most enthusiastic, helpful lodging manager we'd ever met. He helped carry our luggage in, insisting on carrying most of it. When we asked about whether or not tonighg was a washing machine in the apartment, he told macedoniia there wantwd but he'd have the laundry done drrama us.
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The river running in front of the museum is the Vardar; it's the longest km and is the major river in Macedonia and is also a nust river of Greece. On February simle, we decided to spend some time walking around Skopje's city center. We headed out to the old bazaar which smple the largest bazaar in the Balkans, outside Istanbul, and is situated on the eastern bank of the Vardar River. I took a number of photos but found the lighting really tough for creating a well siimple image. At each end of the bridge section of the Boulevard Goce Delchev are a set of two grand lion statues. This more classical lions stand on the western side.
While more contemporary lions stand at the eastern end dgama the bridge. We simlpe a restaurant in the old bazaar zone for lunch. It was one of the best lunches we had from a restaurant with the term "turist" in its name. We had just finished this delicious mix of salads, grilled peppers and bread When this platter of mixed grilled meat arrived. We hardly made a dent in it and took most of it with us for dinner the next night to eat during the Canada-Sweden Olympic hockey game. After lunch, we strolled around the old bazaar area.
The outer rim consisted of narrow pedestrian streets with rows of small shops, while the inner area was a city of densely arranged tents and stalls. A typical street in the old bazaar: The boys had been keen to get their hair cut the last several days and they decided today was the day to get it done. We found a Fit and fuckable women in pietermaritzburg in the mxcedonia barber shop and the boys felt confident that a hair cut here would work out. James getting his hair cut: The barber shop was heated by this stove on the right.
Water was warmed in the kettle and was used when customers came in for a shave. No relationships or drama just simple clean fun wanted tonight in macedonia barber center who cut Paul's hair was quite keen that I took a picture of Vince, Paul and him. James is still being worked on in the background. After two successful haircuts, we set out to explore some more of the old bazaar area. We came relationsjips the Mustafa Pasha Mosque which stands above the old reltaionships and is one relationshops the most beautiful Ottoman monuments in the republic of Macedonia.
It was built in by Mustafa Pasha, vizier political advisor on the court of Selim I who was Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from to The mosque is spacious, simple and lovely drmaa, painted white with blue embellishments. No additions have been made through the years. As someone was praying inside, Relstionships did not take any photos of the interior. This was the first mosque where I had noticed facilities to perform "wudu" ablution washing parts of the body before praying. No one is safe from falling down a rabbit hole in Skopje similar to Montenegro and Albania.
I noticed a number of examples of uncovered holes in or near several pedestrian areas. Whole animal carcasses available to serve a crowd. Lots of jewelry shops. There were several fancy dress shops. I know where to go for Sarah's prom dress. Skopje gals must have quite the social calendars. Lots of fresh produce and beautiful flowers for sale. Need a cradle or pizza pan? This was the section to visit. Rice and beans sold by bulk. Need a pinch of chili powder? Probably should have bought Paul's new boots here instead of Kotor; bet they would have been half the price. After thoroughly checking out the bazaar, we walked towards the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle.
En route we passed a number of statues, many of which had obviously been recently constructed and part of the Skopje project. Walking around Skopje, I was struck by how larger than life the statues were, and there were so many. Reading about the city, someone commented that it was a bit Disney-esque and, yes, that description clicked. Vincent also observed Skopje construction reminded him of Las Vegas which I think is even a more accurate comparison. Philip II of Macedon: This 29 meter tall statue faces Alexander the Great Philip's son on the other side of Skopje's stone bridge. The statue of Alexander is formally entitled "an equestrian warrior".
The statues, albeit with inoffensive titles, are unlikely to help Macedonia's efforts to settle the name dispute with Greece. Last year, Athens sent a protest note after the Alexander statue was unveiled, characterizing the government-funded sculpture as a provocation. Fountain of the Mothers of Macedonia: Saints Cyril and Methodius Statue: They were the principal Christian missionaries among the Slavic people, introducing Orthodox Christianity and writing to the hitherto illiterate, pagan Slav migrants in parts of Macedonia and elsewhere in the Balkans.
We generally enjoyed our visit to the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle. Visually, the museum is one of the best and most creative and polished we'd seen anywhere. With about 50 wax figures, and ingenuitive displays, the planners made great strides in making the history come alive. Visitors however can only go through the museum with a guide and that's where the problem lies. Our guide's accent was so strong and she spoke so quickly that much of the details were lost "in translation"; all that complicated information could not be understood. It was a shame really. They either need to hire people whose accents more closely match the language they are speaking or perhaps they should provide audioguides so that visitors can go through at their own speed.
Museum of the Macedonian Struggle: The museum was opened to the public on September 8,the 20th anniversary of the declaration of independence. The exhibit covers the fight for Macedonian statehood and independence from the days of the Hajduks against the Turkish occupation during the Ottoman Empire until the declaration of independence from Yugoslavia on September 8, In the entrance lobby sits the the original copy of the Declaration of Independence. Taking of photos was prohibited in the rest of the museum so I couldn't show anything of the well done interior. After we left the Museum of the Macedonian Struggle, we were a bit at odds of what to do. The Holocaust Museum was just across the street and I had read that it was free so thought it worthwhile to take a look, considering it was rated as one of the better museums in Skopje.
I couldn't rally any enthusiasm however. Given the subject matter, I wasn't surprised. We walked around the center a bit more, looking for an ATM and ultimately decided to sit down, have a drink and perhaps watch some Olympics, if we found the right cafe. A lone carousel was operating next to the Stone Bridge and the kids all wanted a ride. This was a Bulgarian anarchist group, active between - From April 28 until May 1, the group launched a campaign of terror bombing in Thessaloniki which was referred to as the "Thessaloniki bombings of ". Their aim was to attract the attention of the Great Powers to Ottoman oppression in Macedonia and Thrace.
Despite the objective of the destruction, I found it odd that this group was glorified by a a monument given their methods. An evening view of the Museum of Archeology: The Stone Bridge is lit with a rotating rainbow of colors. That evening, we returned to the Chinese restaurant where we had eaten the previous evening which was the best strategy for getting vegetables into Paul. James taught Sarah how to hold and use chop sticks. Paul wanted to stay behind to work on algebra. When we drove by Tresca Lake and reached Matka Canyon, we stopped at the first restaurant we saw for lunch. We then stopped by the Monastery of the Holy Mother of God, which had been recommended to visit.
Monastery of the Holy Mother of God built in the 13th century. Interior of the Holy Mother of God church. The frescoes date from the end of the 15th century and feature characteristics of the fresco painting of the Ottoman Turks. Macedonia was ruled by the Ottoman Empire for over years, from to Afterwards, James, Sarah and I went for a hike along Treska River while Vince took a power nap in the car; intensive tourism was taking its toll on all of us. I had seen photos of "Matka Canyon" in the brochure that our apartment host had given us and where we were didn't match the photos so I felt we needed to go further.
We went back to the car and rallied Vince to drive a bit further along the river where we parked and continued to walk along the river. Photo of the Treska River just as we came to the Matka dam. We reached a restaurant and noticed one could hire a boat to go to a cave Vrelo Cave. This is where we had a lesson in the value of prepositions. Because a boat would take us to a cave we interpreted the trip as "in" a cave. Having been to the Blue Grotto in Capri, this is what we expected. But the trip was indeed "to" a cave.
I mentioned the idea of taking a boat trip to see a cave and Sarah and James were very keen. The restaurant and boat house where one can hire someone to take them to the Vrelo Cave. We traveled about 4 km down the river, landed and then had to hike part way up to the mouth of the cave. Matka Lake formed by the dam is a exquisite turquoise color. It is so clean, one can see 15 or more feet below the surface. We saw some creative river dwellings along the way. Vrelo Cave was suggested as one of the top 77 natural sites in the world in the "New7Wonders of Nature" project that was launched in It didn't make the final cut of "winners" list. There are two lakes in the cave.
Tthe smaller lake is 8 metres at its longest length and 15 metres in depth at its deepest point. The larger lake is 35 metres at its longest length, and 18 metres 59 feet at its deepest point. We only saw what I think was the smaller lake and this is a photo of it. Vrelo Cave has many stalactites and stalagmites which are lit up dramatically through the use of a generator power system. After our boat trip, we returned back to our apartment to see if we could catch the Olympic gold-medal hockey game and the closing ceremonies. Thankfully Macedonia was one Balkan country that paid enough of the Olympic licensing privileges that we actually saw some coverage while we were in the country.
On February 24th, we decided to give the kids a break with historical sights and suggested we go to the zoo. I hadn't completed the word "zoo" yet and already Sarah exclaimed she wanted to go. The zoo is in walking distance of the city center so we were able to make our way there on foot. It looked like it could use a little TLC. Some animals seemed to have a lot of space to roam around while others appeared too caged in. Many of the signs were so faded, they were impossible to read albeit very little was in English. The zoo had a surprising variety of animals and I don't think I've been to a zoo where many of the animals were so active.
We had fun watching the bears wrestle with each other and the monkeys were a hoot. Vincent and Sarah at the entrance to the Skopje zoo with a map of the layout above them. This ostrich kept stretching his neck to check out his buffalo neighbor. There were several varieties of monkeys and 3 baby monkeys that we noticed who were a few days to a few weeks old. This little guy was just trying to figure out how to climb onto that branch. It was hard to tell which monkey was the baby's mother because they all seemed to be looking out for the baby. Makes one think of that Survivor song. After leaving the zoo, we walked along the Vardar towards the city center and then up to the Fortress Kale.
We walked by more statues. This is of Emperor Justinian I. The Stone Bridge can be seen in the background. The persecuted gets labeled the persecutor. How I know that they are full of horse manure is because of two factors. Why have so many people seemingly developed selective amnesia about what FYROM government officials and national icons used to claim not so long ago about their very own ethnicity. We are a Slav people and our language is closely related to Bulgarian. May the dissents and cleavages not frighten you. From my end it is they that deny ours in everything but name.
Everyone is ancient Greek… except the people that actually speak Greece, live in Greece, share DNA with ancient Greeks, cherish ancient Greeks, give Greek names to their cities and children. And if 2 million people in this country, and millions more around the world feel like they are Macedonian, what gives the athenians the right to say no you are not???!!! Let a Greek explain? Just more of the unthought-out madness inherent in the GReek arguments! Greeks have one argument, the argument of force, no other!!! November 23,2: We are here and we exist! When they are generic terms, in fact and do not refer to ethnic groups??
November 23,1: Nick Chances are most comments here come from an organised Skopjan effort to spread propaganda in Icelandic media. Links to this article are now in every major Skopjan forum with calls for help. Nothing of this sort of threats against Iceland ever came from Greece. Skopjans, as usual, spread lies and try to defame Greece. So why are you picking on Greeks for something that happened a hundred years ago? The other factor you of course neglect to mention is that Greeks were changing the names BACK to original Greek names. Seeing as FYROM today claim that people that have been speaking Greek in an unbroken chain in the region for years have nothing to do with ancient Greeks….