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Two Days in Kruševo
The mountain town of Kruševo, a couple hours to the south of Skopje, was the destination of our first extended road trip in Macedonia. As the highest town in the Balkans, Kruševo not only boasts an impressive natural setting, but was the scene of one of Macedonia’s most fascinating historical moments… Read More

Jul 27, 2014

The Elvis of Macedonia: Toše Proeski
Toše Proeski is easily the biggest pop star in Macedonia’s short history, having racked up a string of number one hits between his debut in 1999 and his untimely death in 2007. He was raised in the town of Kruševo, where his memory is kept alive in statues, street art and an unbelievable museum… Read More

Jul 27, 2014

The Republic of Kruševo
On August 3rd, 1903, a small band of revolutionaries succeeded in capturing the Macedonian mountain town of Kruševo from the Ottoman Empire. Immediately, the Republic of Kruševo declared itself as an independent state, with Nikola Karev as its president. But the freedom was fleeting. Within ten days, the Ottomans had sent an overwhelming force into the hills and brutally crushed the uprising… Read More

Jul 26, 2014

The Mosques of Üsküb
Skopje has been the capital of an independent republic for just over twenty years. Before that, it had been a part of Yugoslavia for around eighty years. But during the 520 years before that, Skopje belonged to the Ottoman Empire, who had given it the name of Üsküb. Five centuries are apparently enough to leave a lasting impression; north of the Vardar River, the city has retained much of its Turkish identity… Read More

Jul 23, 2014

The Millennium Cross of Mount Vodno
Stretched out along the Vardar River, Skopje is a long and narrow city whose expansion to the south is hindered by the presence of Mount Vodno. We took a cable car to the summit of Vodno for a close-up look of the Millennium Cross which crowns it, and to get a birds-eye view over Skopje and the surrounding region… Read More

Jul 22, 2014

Skopje – Our Home for Three Months
Skopje is Macedonia’s capital and largest city, and will be our base of operations for the next three months. It’s not as large or as resplendent as most European capitals, but this little city along the Vardar River is growing in population and prestige every year… Read More

Jul 21, 2014

Zdravo, Macedonia! Kako Ste?
The Republic of Macedonia is a small country in the Balkans, bordering Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece, Albania and Kosovo. Its people speak Macedonian, its capital is Skopje, and until recently it was part of Yugoslavia. And that is the sum total of everything I knew about Macedonia before arriving. I’m not alone in my ignorance; this land-locked Balkan country is among the most unknown in Europe, and the least explored by tourists… Read More

Jul 21, 2014