the lake, Ohrid
Ohrid is located at the Lake Ohrid, which is one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe.
The lake is situated at a height of 695 m above sea level and it is surrounded by mountains of more than 2000 m.
In 1979 the UNESCO declared the lake as a world heritage site.
Ohrid is home to a wide and long lake promenade which leads from the harbour near the old town along the street Kej Marshal Tito towards the southern end of the town.
One of Europe's oldest and deepest lakes LAKE OHRID straddles the mountainous border between the southwestern Republic of Macedonia and eastern Albania. its unique aquatic ecosystem supports more than 200 species. That is of worldwide importance and thus declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lake Ohrid has a maximum depth of 940 feet and covers an area of 138 square miles. The Lake supports two trout species including the famous ( and expensive) Ohrid trout. Also the bleak, whose scales are used for making the well-known Ohrid Pearl.
The Lakeshore reed beds and wetland provide habitat for thousands of water birds including threatened species such as the Dalmation Pelican, swan, Spotted Eagle and Eastern Imperial Eagle.
Crystal clear waters and mountain settings captivate visitors, including Hans and I, with its beauty.
Favorite thing: My favourite thing was with no sort of doubt the peace, relax and clean air that offers a remote place like this... i couldnt imagine a place lije this from my hometown the first day when i left to Eastern Europe.. once there you realize how world and life can dazzle you in many ways and many places like this !
If you bathing in Lake Ohrid on a sunny day and suddenly emerge from its depths, breaking the surface for a moment, you will see on the pale blue expanse all around you silvery, transparent bubbles, big and small. In each of them the Sun is doubly reflected, like two focuses of different sizes. Approaching one of the bigger bubbles, holding your breath for fear it may burst, you can see in it, as in a distorting mirror, the reflection of your face, wet and laughing. And all the time, that bigger sun, like a vast star, hangs over your head.
It all lasts for just an instant, like all beauty, yet it is repeated over and over again...
Observing Lake Ohrid, illuminate by the Sun at any time of the year, one gets the impression that it has just been born, no matter that it came into being millions of years ago. In its blue waters there is a plant and animal kingdom known today only through fossils.
The single condition that has made possible the preservation of the remains of the ancient flora and fauna and its further evolution is the long continuity of Lake Ohrid's existence. In fact Lake Ohrid began its life even before man's appearance. Lake Ohrid came into being about four million years ago - according to Dr. Sinisa Stankovic, a years - long researcher into this lake.
Lake Ohrid came into existence in remote geological ages as a result of tectonic shifts.
Lake Ohrid rightly deserves the name "Macedonia's freshwater sea". Not only for its warm water blue color, which gains its intensity from the heavens' blueness, but because of its size, this lake gives an impression of being a sea. It cover an area of 358 square kilometers and one gets an impression of being in front of a large bay of the sea as if a part had been uprooted of the sea's breadth, and launched among high mountains 695 meters above sea level. On its northern shore the ancient town of Ohrid, located on a double hill with highest point at Samuel's Fortress 800 m. above sea level, rises above the lake like some colossal piece of scenery.
Fondest memory: Just looking at the lake in every weather and every time of day. Ohrid can be a party town -- but don't forget to slow dowm, breathe the air and absorb the beauty!
This picture was taken close to the city pier. Again the lake and its small boats are endlessly fascinating.
Fondest memory: I miss the changing beauty of the lake as well as the peaceful pace of life there.