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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