The shar dog is a mountain sheep-herding dog. There is some controversy as to which part of former Yugoslavia may claim it -- but this young puppy was at the house right next to the monastery church.
It was a freak March snowstorm and my friends were getting tired of stopping for me to take pictures:) So I bought them coffee at the top!
While I haven't drunk the wine made from these grapes, Macedonian wine in general is very tasty -- for me especially the reds made of vranec.
These pictures were taken in March '99, just before the NATO actions in Kosovo/Serbia got underway. We knew that the bombing was coming -- but still enjoyed the fresh snow and the views.