91 days in Macedonia
Favorite thing: This is a great blog of two guys who visited Macedonia for three months.
With a nice sense of humor they introduce you to Macedonia and make you want to visit this beautiful country right away!
DENES NAD MAKEDONIJA
Favorite thing: One of my favorite flags of Europe with a radiant yellow sun on a red field with 8 yellow rays extending to the edge of the flag. Miroslav Grcev designed the flag ad the country adopted it in 1995 after a year long economic blockade by Greece who objected to the ancient Vergina Sun on the flag. The historic coat of arms of Macedonia had the yellow and red colors thus the country adopted the same colors on their flag. The sun with 8 rays represents THE NEW SUN OF LIBERTY mentioned in the National Anthem Denes Nad Makedonija (today over Macedonia).
Today over Macedonia, is being born
the new sun of liberty.
The Macedonians fight,
for their own rights!
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...Related to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
- Arts and Culture
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.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Museum Visits
THE MACEDONIAN DENAR - DENARI
Favorite thing: The DENAR or plural DENARI is the currency of the Republic of Macedonia.
1, 2, 5 and 10 denari
10, 20, 50, 100, 500, 1,000 5,000 and 10,000 denari
CONVERSION RATES - as of June 8, 2011
1 MKD = .02411 USD
For example 100 MKD equals $2.36 Canadian Dollars
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Macedonian Center for Archeological Research
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....Related to:
Travel Guide for Macedonia
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...Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Budget Travel
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.
Don't hurry the holiday
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.Related to:
- Wine Tasting
- Historical Travel
- National/State Park
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:
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...
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.Related to:
- Road Trip
Hiking website for the Macedonian mountains
Favorite thing: This website has a lot of information about the Macedonian mountains, hikes, mountain huts etc.
The website is in Macedonian and English.
Information on (marked) hikes you find under the button "Mountains".Related to:
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
Maps of Macedonia
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:
Map of Skopje:
Maps of mountains in Macedonia:
Learn Macedonian for free
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.
And at the following site you can download a free "lite" version of the language learning software "Before You Know It":
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