Ohrid is a charming, historical city located on the shore of Lake Ohrid, Europe's oldest lake! Only a few lakes in the entire world are older than Lake Ohrid. It's clean, cold, and deep, and is used for many types of recreation. Lots of boating, fishing, and when it's summer- swimming. Anyhow-- it's quite a lively resort town and was fully occupied by various conventions and trade fairs last weekend.
Church of St. Pantheleimon
We only stayed for the day- enjoying a LONG walk through the town and all the way up to the top of the hill where the church of St. John the Baptist is located and then further uphill to the Church of St. Pantheleimon. We pushed ourselves to go just a bit further and made it up to the fortress where we stopped for a short rest. Along the way we stopped to watch some local people who were making Ajvar- the yummy relish made from roasted red peppers. Man does it smell delicious!!!
Late in the day we stopped in Struga for a coffee by the river, then drove up through the mountains to Skopje. The city was having something it calls "White Nights" and everything in the downtown core was open all night, including museums, so we went to the National Gallery at close to midnight and saw the interesting Japanese exhibition.
Vesna & I in Downtown Skopje
A lot of the city was destroyed during the earthquake some years ago, so much of the city is new or rebuilt, with a few areas still retaining the historical character. We had a guided tour of the Church of the Salvation, and then a fantastic lunch in a garden restaurant on the outskirts of the city. Then we headed back to Albania, arriving in Tirana quite late at night. As always, it was nice to be home again.