Dear Travelers, My goals is to welcome you as a guide, but at the end of tour to finish our journey with "Until next time FRIEND" . My name is Irena. I am licensed Tour Guide for the territory of Republic of Macedonia. Let me introduce you to my country, Republic of Macedonia. Republic of Macedonia is an independent country, situated in the heart of the well-known Balkan Pninsula. Macedonia shares its borders with Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Greece and Bulgaria. These countries are the neighbors . 80 % of the landscape is consisted from mountains. There are 35 rivers, 43 lakes, from which 3 tectonic, 25 glacial, and 15 artificial. The official language is Macedonian and the official alphabet is the Macedonian-Cyrillic consisted of 31 letters. The present currency is the Macedonian Denar ( do not confused it with the Serbian dinar). How do you get there? There are every day bus lines from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the nearby countries. The main airport is the one in Skopje, the capital. Alexander the Great is the name of the airport from which every day there are departures to numerous world destinations ( all over the continents ) . Mainly people from Europe come with the following air companies: WizzAir, Lufthansa, Turkish airlines, Croatia Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Adria Airways, Air Berlin and so on ) Here is the official page : http://skp.airports.com.mk/default.aspx?ItemID=357 Is it save to visit? The last war conflict was in 2001. Since then Macedonia is in general peace. As you will read below, Macedonia is one mosaic consisted from so various pieces but every each of them is special. Different people, religions, languages but they all live under the same sun. No worries, it is completely save to visit Macedonia. How expensive is it? If you are coming from Europe, than you can easily find very cheap flights, mostly via WizzAir ( even for 20 euros) . Accommodation- you can find very comfortable and affordable places to stay at. All of them are published on booking.com so you can freely use it. Food- you can have the cheapest meal in your life and yet I insure you, it’s going to be the one of the best and most flavorful. Now, what to expect: If you like never ending legends and stories, if you like to see one colorful history mosaic, if you want to taste various flavors, if you are admired by natural beauty then Macedonia is the place you are searching for. Best way to find out is to check it yourself. So are you ready? We are going to travel with a time machine, from the time of the Paleolithic era, trough the era of Alexander the Great , trough the time of the Roman empire, the beginnings of the Christianity and the Byzantine empire, the holy period of Saint Cyril and Methodius, Saint Kliment and Naum Ohridski, the medieval age, trough the period of the Ottoman Empire, the Balkan Wars, The kingdom of Jugoslavia, The First and Second WW, until the very present day, Republic of Macedonia. Feeling dizzy from this time machine? Take your time, and enjoy the nature. Rest your eyes with the view of the Ohrid Lake, the deepest on the Balkans and one of the oldest and deepest in the world, with its age of 4 million years. Take a deep breath from the woods of the National Park Pelister, Galicica or maybe you prefer Mavrovo. Drink some fresh water from the springs of the Ohrid Lake. You can also take a glass of wine from the numerous wineries from the Povardarie region. But, nice glass of wine goes with nice meal. Suit yourself. Pastrmka ( Ohridksa od Mavrovska), Tavce Gravce, Ajvar, Staffed chicken, Sharska, Melted Cheese, Grilled Cheese. Green Paprika with vinegar and garlic….. Feeling full? Not yet, it’s time for dessert . Ravanija, Baklava, Ekler, Bombici, Indijanka, Boza,…. Now we can take a cup of black coffee and enjoy. You liked this while reading it? Imagine experiencing it
The Skopje2014 Kitsch Tour Take a tour through the craziest city redecoration project on the planet! This walk around the capital of Macedonia tells the story of Skopje2014 – an entire fortune spent on changing the look, history and life of a city. Discuss kitsch, corruption and public spaces while enjoying the new monuments and buildings in theme park capital of Europe! · Knock on the fake plastic walls of the new historical buildings · Take a photo with thetourist guardof costumed children as ancient warriors · See the pirate ships docked on the Vardar river turned into restaurants and casinos · See the buildings with new classical facades on the front, and the old modern look on their back. · Learn about the Catalan Latin dialect spoken in Macedonia over the centuries · Try to keep your eyebrows down when you learn about the biographies of the sculptors, architects and artists who created Skopje2014! · Enjoy a sunny afternoon under the shadows of the palm trees in this continental city ITINERARY: Step 1: Welcome and guidelines. More Info: Group gathers in front of the Old Railway Station to see the sharp contrast of the old and new in Skopje. Guidelines for the tour. Brief intro to city’s history and the Skopje2014project. Step 2: Mother Theresa memorial house More Info: Walk down Macedonia Street and witness the current changing of the old modern facades and the replacement with the new classical ones. Discussion about art history, genres and kitsch. Step 3: Main City Square More Info: The biggest horse sculpture in Europe has an impressive fountain on the bottom and it is dedicated to Alexander the Great, but there is great trivia why it carries the name “Warrior on a Horse”. The dozens of monuments surrounding it with numerous technical errors make this square look like an exhibition venue and all of them hide amazing stories about their existence. Visitors learn more about the history of Skopje2014. Step 4: Karposhovo Vostanie Square More Info: just across the river of this square is another one with a monument of a muscular figure raising its fist in the air saluting Alexander. It is his father Phillip the II that has his own disproportionate sculpture and square with surrounding sculptures and fountains. The landmark Stone Bridge is outshined by gloomy new buildings, pedestrian bridges, sculptures inside the river and pirate ships placed within a stone throw of this cultural heritage. The sculptural composition and fountain on this square depicts Alexander’s childhood with his mother Olympia, father Phillip and pet lions, is a good moment to discuss gender roles and family relations in ancient times and today and how this millennial gap is bridged by the current nationalism. Step 5: The River Bank More Info: Stroll down the left bank of Vardar as you pass by a string of ridiculously shaped buildings serving no purpose or making any sense at all. You can knock on their walls and they sound like card boxes. The hundreds of statues of historical persons placed every few meters are resting in the shadows of the life-supported palm trees. The group discusses other obvious errors in sculptures and architecture. Step 6: The Woman Fighter Park More Info: This Park right across the national assembly was once dedicated to the brave women in World War II, but is now saturated with dozens of sculptures and monuments of men in militant historical poses – all placed there by the Skopje2014 project. The dominant monument in the park dedicated to the fallen soldiers for Macedonia is inspired by Greek mythology, but holds a Latin encryption that hides a code that historically connects this small country in South-East Europe to Catalonia! The tour ends with observations of the traces on the walls from the recent colorful revolution and discussion about the resistance to the project.
Searching for some refreshing place, I've found few in close vicinity, all of them in the Macedonian borders of the Balkans the mysterious 3rd south european peninsula. It is mix of older and newer spa spots which are witnesses for the past time habits of the macedonian people, from their antique roots through their slavic stem till their modern leafs as modern nation. Normally because of the 5 century long colonization by the Ottoman empire they've got unique byzantine style public baths, which are just reminiscence of the old oriental spas now reverted in modern museums and galleries. Locals say that these turkish baths are easiest way for travelers to sense the time of the Oriental Renaissance of Skopje that after survived in one way or another few floods, earthquakes and fires. Anyway this is just an Tip of the Iceberg of my Spa memories in Macedonia, depending from what angle you are willing to see, in or out of the sea! Skopye as capital has probably many new one but these old fractal cubicles with more fractal domes are enough inspiration to start or end your searsh for some refreshing sights there, just use your imagination!