Kale Fortress, Skopje, Macedonia
Friday Snapshots, Macedonia

Friday Snapshots: Macedonian Delight

Aaaand we’re back!  Happy Friday, everyone!

You may have noticed this little weekly feature took a mini-vacay for the past few weeks.  This may or may not have been directly related to my own mini-burnout in Greece, but I’m happy to report that things are beginning to smooth out and I’m ready to start sharing real-time updates again.

For the last few weeks, I’ve been exploring a country that was wholly unknown to me until I set foot on its supple green soil.  Macedonia, for those of you who aren’t so geographically inclined, is smack dab in the middle of the Balkan Peninsula and shares borders with Greece to the south, Albania to the west, Serbia and the Republic of Kosovo to the north, and Bulgaria to the east.

This little landlocked country and former Yugoslav territory has a mixture of Greek, Roman, and Ottoman (Turkish) roots.  I’m still attempting to grasp its complex and fascinating history, but one thing that’s obvious is that Macedonia has seen some sh*t in its day.

At surface level, though, Macedonia is easily one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen yet.  In an attempt to slow down my travels and avoid a burnout like I experienced last month, I’ve only explored two destinations so far–Skopje, the capital city, and Lake Ohrid on the Albanian border.  Even in and around Skopje natural beauty was abundant, and Lake Ohrid just happens to be one of the oldest, deepest, and most pristine lakes in Europe.

I hope you enjoy this little preview…full posts will come eventually!  Speaking of, if anyone has any good advice for overcoming writer’s block, I’m all ears.

Skopje, the capital of Macedonia

This massive statue is just one of many found throughout Skopje. This one depicts Alexander the Great.

Mosque in Skopje, Macedonia

Mosques are everywhere in Macedonia–they are easily identifiable by the towering minarets that pierce the sky.

The view of Skopje from the top of Kale Fortress

The view of Skopje from the top of Kale Fortress

Skopje's Grand Bazaar, all but deserted on a Sunday afternoon

Skopje’s Grand Bazaar, all but deserted on a Sunday afternoon

Matka Canyon, Macedonia

Matka Canyon, an easy day trip from Skopje

Hiking out of Matka Canyon, Macedonia

Hiking out of Matka Canyon

Church of St. John at Kaneo, Ohrid, Macedonia

Lake Ohrid and the Church of St. John at Kaneo

Canoeing on Lake Ohrid

Canoeing on Lake Ohrid

Do you enjoy these weekly photo posts?  Should I keep them coming in the future?

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  • Reply Ashley July 3, 2015 at 4:43 am

    Macedonia looks so gorgeous! I can’t get over how pretty lake Ohrid is – I love those last two photos! The Balkan countries are the ones I most want to see in Europe – I find the region so intriguing for whatever reason. And I do enjoy the weekly photo posts and think you should continue 🙂
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    • Reply Leah Davis July 4, 2015 at 12:23 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Ashley 🙂 I like giving a peek into what I’m doing currently, so hopefully others like these posts too. I was also really intrigued by the Balkans. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that they are so much less traveled than western Europe.
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  • Reply Hallie July 3, 2015 at 11:04 am

    gorgeous photos!
    ugh, writers block is a serious thing. i find that if i take the time to read some inspiring material whether that’s articles, blog posts or books and i listen to some music i’m vibing on and really listen to the lyrics, i become inspired and can get myself past it. try reading your old material too…sounds silly maybe, but sometimes you can get inspired by your own writing. we change so quickly, read back and see how you’ve grown and lift the block.
    listen to Leon Bridges, River. soulful jam…his voice sounds like molasses rolling over river rocks. it helps!

    • Reply Leah Davis July 4, 2015 at 12:25 am

      Thanks for the advice, Hallie! I will definitely give that Leon Bridges song a listen. Reading things drastically different from blogs is usually a good way to get my creative juices flowing…hadn’t considered re-reading my old material! Worth a try 🙂
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  • Reply Kiara Gallop July 4, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Ooh, Macedonia looks lovely! I’ve been hearing great things about that part of the world recently – an Australian girl who I met in Greece a couple of weeks ago was singing Albania’s praises and the photographs looked beautiful 🙂
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    • Reply Leah Davis July 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm

      Macedonia was really beautiful! I didn’t totally fall for Albania, but I didn’t see much of it either. I’m sure there are pretty parts, the beaches in the south are supposed to be great 🙂
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  • Reply Niko July 12, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Wow! Macedonia looks like very beautiful place! I must visit!

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