there are a lot of peacocks around the st. naum monastery. i saw a lot of peacocks in my life, but a white one?! that was the first for me! they are so beautiful. and they know it! :)
they make these terrifying sounds that scared the hell out of me when i first heard it, but you get used to it pretty soon:))
Wherever you go around Lake Ohrid, keep your eyes open and your camera ready. You never know when there is a great view just around the corner. Also the feel of the views change with the weather and the time of day, so just stay alert to any good picture opportunity.
The Ohrid Summer Festival
Chroniclers have written: "The musical and theatre festival called "Ohrid Summer" was born on 4th August 1961 under the vaults of the cathedral temple of St. Sofia. The Primadonna of the Opera within the Macedonian National Theatre from Skopje, Ana Lipsa-Tofovic, followed by Ladislav Predlik on piano, performed the arias of Stradella, Rossi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, and Gluck. The following year Vladimir Ruzgak (Croatia), the Slovenian Octet (Slovenia), Martina Arojo (USA), and once again Ana Lipsa-Tofovic confirmed the fact that the temple of the ancient Ohrid Archiepiscopate can also be the temple of arts.
In its thriving years "Ohrid Summer" started to act as a Musical Academy. The presence of the great instrumental virtuosos was used for organizing special seminars aiming at passing the experience to the new generation. Through the hands of the esteemed maestro such as Elephterio Papastavro (cello), Jeanne Blanchard (piano), Leonid Kogan (violin), Aldo Chiccolini (piano), Andre Navara (cello), Octav Enigharesco and Johnny Becky (soloists), Eugenia Chugaieva (violin), Ikhukko Endo (piano), and Arbo Valdma (piano), generations of musicians took part in these seminars. They, later on in their lives, gained affirmation on the musical stages throughout the world.
Since 1995 "Ohrid Summer" is a member of the European Festival Association (Association Européenne Des Festivals)
It should be mentioned that after 37 years of "Ohrid Summer", Ohrid has become a place where highly artistic qualities are respected and from where universal artistic messages have been disseminated. In the last three and the half decades this has been confirmed by artists from more than 50 countries world-wide, who have brought more than 1, 200 musical and theatrical performances to an audience of more than one million people.
Ohrid, Macedonia as base for visits in Balkans
I visited a friend in Pristina when I used to live in Ohrid, Macedonia in 1999-2000. Ohrid is a beautiful town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both nature and culture, located on Lake Ohrid near where Macedonia, Albani, and Greece meet. It is inexpensive, but might be crowded during the Ohrid Summer Festival (mid July-mid August). If you stayed there, your son could take a bus via Skopje and join you. Or you could visit him in Prinstina and actually see where he is working and living. If he can do it, so can you. Dubrovnik would be even more crowded and expensive than Ohrid. It will be overrun with tourists during the summer. You can reach Ohrid by bus from Thessaloniki or Skopje, but I would fly in directly from Zurich or Vienna, if possible. Enjoy!
3-4 day trip Ohrid-Prilep-Krusevo-Ohrid
We did a very nice 3-day trip, starting from Ohrid, two days in Prilep, a stay in the monestery of St Spas in Trstenik close to Krusevo, and a visit to Krusevo.
The trip contains hikes (from Prilep to the Monastery of Treskovec where you could also stay one extra night, and from the Monastery of St Spas to Krusevo) as well as cultural and historical sites (Fortress Towers of Marko and Monestery of St Michael the Archangel in Prilep, Meckin Kamen and the Ilinden Uprising Monument in Krusevo).
Check my pages about the towns as well as the tips if you´re interested!