The following day, we passed again in Vladimir to go to Skhöder. I noticed in the middle of the village a huge road sign, almost 3mx4m that said "Šasko jezero" (Sasko lake), 3 km and showed wild marsh birds and some ruins. On the way back, at the end of the afternoon, we felt we had enough time to have a look at that lake. As there was such a big road sign, I did not look at the kilometers at the meter of the car. A 3 km long and 1 km wide lake (the map) had to be obvious ! We drove for a while on an excellent single lane road but saw no lake, only a few scattered house that the map named hamlets of Šas (Sas) and Ambula but there were no road signs with these names. We saw also several tortoises that walked out towards the bushes.
On the side of the house, the terrace continued into the entrance of a little cave where cascaded a small spring that fed a basin where fishes were swimming. The cascade can be seen in the middle of the picture, on top. The basin is at the basement level.
At the bottom of the cave, left to the spring, they had reconstructed the inside of a traditional house with a an old wooden spinning frame (on the right, half hidden by a rocking cradle) and a weaving loom, on the left. Various tin and brass pots were standing on a shelf (top of the photo) while underneath, a wooden churn laid with bottles of wine. The soil was covered by a home weaved carpet.
We found a large house, built on a rock, with, on the rear, a large wooden terrace that overlooked a wide flat space (background of the photo). No lake ! A pair of Guinea fowls was standing on the fence of the terrace. I guess they were not for dinner !
We ordered dinner (we had no lunch !) and talked with the waiter. He explained us that the lake was 500 m away, at the end of the flat meadow, where we could see tall reeds but that in winter, for 2 month, it covered the whole meadow with one meter of water and reached then the house ! He showed us an album of photos with all this water, some as aerial views. We understood that they practiced a great deal of microlight flying and that, as their meadow was only flooded 2 month a year, it made a perfect private landing ground for 10 month !
Suddenly, when we had done about half the way back, I saw in my rear view mirror the sign for a restaurant, showing a fish !
I thought :
1) Fish = water = perhaps lake,
2) why a restaurant would be here, in the middle of nothing, if it was not on the shore of the lake ?
So, we made another turn and we went for checking !
We drove for another 4 km (this time, I looked at the meter !), which altogether should have made almost 7 km by now and there was still no lake. At one moment, we had to overtake two cows and a flock of sheeps which was not easy as the road was narrow and they would not let us overtake ! Sorry, the photo was taken across the windscreen and is not very good.
We finally gave up and were looking for a place where we could make a turn and leave when we saw a poster that said "You are entering in a border zone" !
Wooh, border on a small road with no custom means usually possible smugglers, smugglers mean possible patrols by custom officer, better not stay here ! We made our turn and went back, wondering how there could be an invisible lake along this road.