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    Traffic signs.

    by Dizzyhead Written Oct 17, 2013

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    Favorite thing: In Macedonia you have another language alphabeth and that is like the Russian, the khyrylic and if you dont have knowledge about reading it, it will be difficult. But every car driver is lucky, all the traffic signs are written in two different alphabeth, also tha latin too.

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    Bitola

    by Malecka Updated Aug 6, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Bitola is said to be the Town of the Consuls. It has a long and rich history.
    The town was situated on the well known Roman road Via Ignatia which connected the towns on the Adriatic Coast with those on the Aegean Sea. Having a favorable geographical position enabled Bitola to be a significant economic, administrative, diplomatic and cultural center.
    It could be said that in the second half of the 19th century, Bitola was one of the biggest centers in the Balkans.
    Nowadays it is a very nice town to visit, particularly when combined with a visit to the splendor of mountain Pelister, just outside Bitola. Also the place where a very cool film festival takes place: Brothers Manaki film festival.

    Fondest memory: a walk along the oh-so-famous Shirok sokak... Coffee or tee by the fireplace in Hotel Epinal...

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    BARGALA-archaeological sity

    by dusica_stamenik Written Apr 13, 2012

    Favorite thing: Bargala was a fortified town constructed between the 4th and 6th century, a period spanning Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium. It is located 20 km northeast of the modern city of Štip, Republic of Macedonia on the lower slopes of the Plachkovica mountain. Archaeological excavations have uncovered a basilica, trade quarters, a water tank, a bath, and a fortification system with an impressive main gate and infrastructure.

    Gold coins of Emperor Phokas (602-610) has been found at the locality, as well as 6th and 7th century Slavic pottery which bears the most resemblance to pottery connected to the Serbs on the Danube.

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    THE MACEDONIAN DENAR - DENARI

    by LoriPori Written Jun 8, 2011

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    Favorite thing: The DENAR or plural DENARI is the currency of the Republic of Macedonia.

    COINS:
    1, 2, 5 and 10 denari

    BANKNOTES:
    10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 5,000 and 10,000 denari

    CONVERSION RATES - as of June 8, 2011
    1 MKD = .02411 USD
    .01653 EURO
    .01470 GBP
    .02361 CDN

    For example 100 MKD equals $2.36 Canadian Dollars

    Shown in my pic:
    100 denar
    50 denar
    10 denar
    coins

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    Macedonian Center for Archeological Research

    by Pijlmans Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    Favorite thing: http://www.macar.org/

    This website has a lot of information about the archeological sites in Macedonian, all in English.

    2010: website seems to be not working anymore....

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    Travel Guide for Macedonia

    by Pijlmans Updated Aug 26, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Whereas for most countries numerous travel guides exist, for Macedonia they are hard to find. A great help for planning trips and understanding the Macedonian people in general has been The Bradt Travel Guide Macedonia by Thammy Evans (2004) to me. I can recommend it to everybody interested in Macedonia! Even the locals might learn something they didn´t know!

    Meanwhile, there is a second edition (2007). Make sure you get the right one!

    The second edition includes some descriptions of hikes. However, some of the descriptions of the hikes I have tried to walk were not very clear, and I was unable to finish the hike because of that. Be warned!

    2009: There is a 3rd edition as well now, but I did not read it...

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    Sun Tan

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 28, 2009

    Favorite thing: Ladies have their handbags, but men only have pockets, so my tip for men and sun burn protection is the tiny tube of Sol**n or other. I mention this because when i was in Skopje in September it was hot and sunny., and the tube just fitted into my shirt pocket.

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    Don't hurry the holiday

    by ELear Updated Jul 22, 2009

    Favorite thing: Macedonia is on the way between many places - Serbia and Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, and so on - which makes it convenient to stop off there for two or three days when travelling from, say, Greece to Romania. I've done that myself, but although I enjoyed myself I think it was a mistake. Macedonia deserves much more than two or three days, and it has so much to offer (nature, history, culture, gastronomy.....) that I think it would be better treated as your main destination, possibly with a sidetrip for a day or two into Bulgaria, Albania or wherever.

    Fondest memory: I most liked the open, friendly, humorous, honest, self-confident people.

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    Karatanova Tours

    by Pijlmans Written Mar 8, 2009

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    Favorite thing: The Dutch travel agency Karatanova Tours is specialized in traveling in Macedonia and the Balkan in general.

    They offer both group travel as individual holidays.

    See their website for more information:

    http://www.karatanovatours.nl/

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    Ohrid

    by Malecka Updated Dec 6, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Ok, Ohrid deserves the number one place, because of... when you visit it, you'll see why! :-)
    It is a town of old churches, of nice restaurants offering traditional dishes, some outstanding sights.
    Of the numerous monuments in this town, some deserve 'special' attention...
    Church of St Sofia (11th century), the church of St John Kaneo (13th century), The Tsar Samuil Fortress, the house of the Robevci family (probably the best example of old Macedonian architecture), Plaoshnik, the monastery of St Naum (10th century)...
    It is a very picturesque town, especially alive during the summer.

    The Ohrid lake Riviera is also lovely. Aside from the typical hotels and resorts, there are nice little villages that deserve a visit. For instance, Trpejca... wonderful place!

    Fondest memory: Take a look at the photo... the KANEO-SUNSET!
    The view that spreads from Plaoshnik...
    Coffee at the famous bar Aquarius...

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    Hidden Macedonia

    by Pijlmans Written Oct 26, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This book/travelogue, Hidden Macedonia by Christopher Deliso, describes a journey of an American travel writer and journalist based in Skopje.

    Together with his wife and young son he travels around the three lakes in the south of Macedonia,
    Lake Ohrid, Lake Prespa and the small Lake Prespa in Greece.

    Especially if you have been to the area yourself, this book is a feast of recognition.

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    Hiking website for the Macedonian mountains

    by Pijlmans Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: This website has a lot of information about the Macedonian mountains, hikes, mountain huts etc.

    The website is in Macedonian and English.

    http://www.mkdmount.org/

    Information on (marked) hikes you find under the button "Mountains".

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    Maps of Macedonia

    by Pijlmans Updated Apr 22, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Maps of Macedonia.

    Click to enlarge the picture.

    You can download a PDF with a detailed map from the website of the United Nations:

    http://www.un.org/Depts/Cartographic/map/profile/macedonia.pdf

    Map of Skopje:

    http://www.skopje.gov.mk/sq/images/File/SkopjeMapaGolema.jpg

    Maps of mountains in Macedonia:

    http://www.makpetrol.com.mk/planinari/pavelmaps.asp

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    Learn Macedonian for free

    by Pijlmans Updated Jun 20, 2007

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    Favorite thing: This website teaches you to understand and speak Macedonian in just 6 lessons! Very handy to understand the basics and how to pronounce the Cyrillic alphabeth.

    http://www.geocities.com/macedonian_lng/

    And at the following site you can download a free "lite" version of the language learning software "Before You Know It":

    http://www.byki.com/fls/mace/macedonian

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    The Mountains

    by elgin99 Updated Jun 8, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Out of official description:

    The mountains in Macedonia are divided divided in two groups: Rhodope and Dinaric. In the first division, the Rhodope group is considered as older and embraces the larger part of the mountain regions in eastern Macedonia, while the Dinaric group is younger and divided in 3 subgroups: Vardar zone, which includes the mountains on the both sides of the river Vardar, right after the great curve of the river north-west of Skopje. Pelagonia massif, located on the west-southwest of the Vardar zone and eastern of the Shara zone. Shara zone, the highest one in Macedonia, is located in the most western part of the country, and stretches in north-south direction along the borders with Serbia and Montenegro, Albania and Greece."

    The highest mountain peaks in Macedonia are all found in Mavrovo National Park, located in the western-central edge of the country. These peaks are topped by the imposing Great Korab Mountain (2,764 meters). Not only do these mountains provide magnificent visual landscapes, they also offer some of the best skiing in the Balkans.

    Fondest memory: Always I was impressed by the mightiness of mountains. Here in addition I got a great and deep visual impact because of somewhat I am impossible to describe. Sometimes there is something like that. One should simply accept and not everytime ask why. But it was a pity that I could not hike there. The time was simply too short. I had already wanted to do.

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