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The Healing Waters of the Katlanovska Spa
Although hot springs are a common natural occurrence in Macedonia, there aren’t many spas set up to capitalize on the mineral-rich waters. The most well-known is the Katlanovska Spa, just twenty kilometers outside Skopje… Read More

Sep 15, 2014

The Painted Mosque and Arabati Baba Tekke in Tetovo
We weren’t entirely impressed with Tetovo during our short day trip there: too noisy, crowded and hectic. But the city does have a couple things to recommend it. The Šarena Džamija, more commonly known as the Painted Mosque, and the Arabati Baba Tekke are two historic sites worth seeking out… Read More

Sep 14, 2014

A Visit to Tetovo, in Western Macedonia
Found at foot of the Šar Mountains which separate the Republic of Macedonia from its western neighbor, Tetovo has long been a stronghold of Macedonia’s ethnic Albanians. We spent a day gaining an impression of life in this extremely crowded and hectic city… Read More

Sep 11, 2014

The Holocaust Museum of Macedonia
In April of 1941, Macedonia was occupied by Nazi-affiliated Bulgaria, who would eventually ship the country’s Jewish population to the death camp of Treblinka. Almost overnight, the small and tightly-knit Jewish community who had called Macedonia home for hundreds of years was extinguished. An excellent museum in the heart of Skopje pays solemn tribute to one of the most horrific episodes in the country’s history… Read More

Sep 09, 2014

Skopje’s Art-Oriented Turkish Hamams
Especially considering the city’s current craze for stately new neo-classical structures, it’s fortunate that so much of the historic Turkish quarter north of the Vardar survived the 1963 earthquake, including two original hamams. Today, the Daut Pasha and Čifte Hamams serve as venues for the National Gallery, and we visited both on a sweltering afternoon in July… Read More

Sep 07, 2014

Pictures from Skopje’s Old Bazaar
The center of town might be south of the Vardar, but Skopje’s most picturesque neighborhood is just over the bridge. The Old Bazaar, also called the Čaršija, extends roughly from the Kale Fortress to the Bit Pazaar. With its baklava stores, mosques, antique shops, hamams, tea gardens and the rattling of backgammon dice providing a ceaseless soundtrack, the Čaršija could easily be a neighborhood in Istanbul. We love it here, and visit whenever we can… Read More

Sep 07, 2014

The Memorial House of Mother Teresa
In 1910, a child named Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in Skopje to an Albanian family. Raised a Roman Catholic, Anjezë received God’s calling at the tender age of 18. She gave her life to the church, dedicating herself to the care of the world’s least fortunate. Anjezë took the name Teresa and spent the rest of her days helping to make the world a more humane place… Read More

Sep 07, 2014

More Pictures from Ohrid
For such a small city, Ohrid has a lot to offer. We’ve already written about the lakeside promenade, the churches, the hiking, the traditional crafts, and the fortress, and here are some more of our favorite Ohrid sights… Read More

Sep 06, 2014

Plaošnik and the Church of St. Clement
Located halfway up Ohrid’s biggest hill, between the Church of Sv Jovan and Tsar Samoil’s Fortress, is the archaeological site of Plaošnik. With the arrival of St. Clement and the establishment of his monastery in 893, this location became the center of Slavic Christianity and learning. Today, the Church of St. Clement has been rebuilt and much of the site has been excavated, revealing medieval frescoes and Byzantine mosaics… Read More

Sep 06, 2014

After One Month in Macedonia
Our first month has come to an end, and we’re starting to realize how much we underestimated Macedonia! It’s small in size, but definitely not lacking in big-time sights. So far, our explorations have focused on Skopje and a few cities in the center and west. We haven’t been to the east, seen the wine fields, nor visited the major national parks. So, there’s a lot to look forward to… Read More

Sep 02, 2014

Silver Filigree with Ohrid’s Marta Pejoska
One can still find a number of traditional craftsmen toiling away within the picturesque buildings of Ohrid’s historic quarter. Craftswomen, too. During our time in Ohrid, we had the chance to hang out with Marta Pejoska, who had recently opened a downtown studio-gallery dedicated to silver filigree… Read More

Sep 01, 2014

Šipokno and the Cave Church of Sv Stefan
Sveti Stefan is an ancient cave church found in the cliffs south of Ohrid. The trail continues upward past the church, into the hills, until eventually reaching Šipokno: an abandoned village whose forsaken houses are in the process of being reclaimed by nature… Read More

Aug 31, 2014

A Walk Down Ohrid’s Promenade
There are a lot of activities one could choose to participate in during a trip to Ohrid. Scuba diving, paragliding, hiking and sailing are just some of the options for those who crave action. But “action” is the last thing which most of Ohrid’s visitors are looking for. This is where Macedonians come to escape their daily lives. For that, nothing’s better than laziness on the lake… Read More

Aug 28, 2014