At St.Sofia
Macedonia

At St.Sofia

Miranda

[August, 2011] This is a 11th century church called St.Sofia in Ohrid, Macedonia. It was built on the site of even older basilica and in the era of Ottoman Turkey, it was used as a mosque. In 1912 it became a church again. According to our guide, Misho, Italian people’s technology saved this church as it …

Small woman
Macedonia

Small woman

Miranda

[August, 2011] This woman was selling some cheap,  half broken accessories on a box, on the shore of Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. She was so small and pretty and I really wanted to take her photo, so I forced myself to buy one necklace. I was very pleased with myself when I understood that she said it …

Lake Ohrid
Macedonia

Lake Ohrid

Miranda

[August, 2011] One of the highlights of this Ancient Macedonia tour we joined was this Lake Ohrid. It is listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO and the best summer resort in Macedonia. The town was full of people and the feeling was the same as beaches  in Italy or Greece in summer. I had heard …

Black wrap‐around skirt
Macedonia

Black wrap‐around skirt

Miranda

[August, 2011] This is a monastery in Macedonia called St.Jovan Bigorski, which is famous for its intricate iconostasis. In this tour, we visited many churches and monasteries, but this is the only one that women had to wear a black wrap-around skirt. Not only shorts, but long trousers or short skirts were not allowed here. This …

Strange new town
Macedonia

Strange new town

Miranda

[August, 2011] All over the new part of Skopje, Macedonia was under construction. They were building or renewing theatres, museums and so on, which is somewhat understandable, but the strange thing is that they were making a lot of statues all over the place, some of which were historical figures and others were modern arts. They …

Not for sale
Macedonia

Not for sale

Miranda

[August, 2011] I found this chicken in a shop in Skopje, Macedonia. The owner of this shop is the master of filigree and now his sons and nephews are helping him to make their intricate works. Unfortunately this chicken was not on sale, so I bought a butterfly brooch and a flower ring.

Streets of jewellery shops
Macedonia

Streets of jewellery shops

Miranda

[August, 2011] The old part of Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia is very similar to the Turkish quarter of Sarajevo. It is like middle eastern bazaar, the town is divided according what the shop sells. The difference in Skopje from other places is that they are mostly jewellery shops. There are a few restaurants and …

Bagpipe
Kratovo

Bagpipe

Miranda

[August, 2011] I had thought bagpipes were from Scotland, but here in Kratovo in Macedonia, this old man played their local songs by bagpipe for us. Apparently he is the last bagpipe player in the village. We listened to his music and ate wonderful foods which was cooked by our interpreter Christina’s aunt.

They like Japan
Kratovo

They like Japan

Miranda

[August, 2011] This is a village called Kratovo in Macedonia. Here the guide and the interpreter were very friendly to me. When the guide found that I was a Japanese, he gave me an extra brochure which other tour members did not get for some reason. And the interpreter, a young woman is studying Japanese language. …

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