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Prijatno, Macedonia!
Another 91 days have come to an end, and this time we’re saying farewell to one of the most underrated destinations we’ve ever visited: Macedonia. The decision to spend three months in this relatively unknown corner of the Balkans was one that elicited confusion from our friends and family. But 91 days later, as we packed our bags and prepared for our departure, we knew that the choice had been inspired… Read More

Nov 08, 2014


Pictures from Berovo
In the far east of Macedonia, Berovo is famed for the natural beauty of the land which surrounds it. We arrived in the little town with high expectations, but also with a touch of melancholy. This was going to be our final excursion in Macedonia… Read More

Nov 08, 2014


The Klepalo Sheep Farm
If you’re looking for an authentic, middle-of-nowhere, back-to-nature, where-the-hell-am-I, give-me-a-break-you-people-don’t-actually-live-like-this, this-must-be-a-movie-set kind of experience, then seek out the Klepalo Sheep Farm, near Berovo. I’m still not sure the folks who welcomed us weren’t actors… Read More

Nov 08, 2014


The Ruins Around Kočani
All we’d heard of Kočani was that it has a reputation as the cleanest town in Macedonia; wonderful for residents, but insufficient to spark our curiosity. Instead, we turned our attention to a couple ancient ruins in the neighboring towns of Morodvis and Vivinca… Read More

Nov 07, 2014


Our Favorite Macedonian Foods
It’s possible that, years from now, when we’re reminiscing on our time in Macedonia, that it won’t be the ancient ruins, the nature, or the villages which makes us most nostalgic. It will be the food. We enjoyed almost every meal we had, and here are some of our favorites… Read More

Nov 07, 2014


Mavrovo’s Monastery of St. John the Baptist
On our way out of the Mavrovo National Park, heading back to Skopje, we made one last pit stop at Sv Jovan Bigorski, or the Monastery of Saint John the Baptist. Originally constructed in the 11th century, this church set high in the hills is one of the most popular in all Macedonia… Read More

Nov 06, 2014


The Fresh Mountain Air of Lazaropole
After leaving Gari, we didn’t have far to go before the next picturesque Macedonian mountain village: Lazaropole. Although it’s one of the highest towns in the Balkans, at 1350 meters above sea level, Lazaropole lays in a shallow valley, and has a more mild climate than one might expect… Read More

Nov 06, 2014


Gari and the Deer Leap Bridge
After hiking to the Duf Waterfall, we drove along the southern border of the Mavrovo National Park, headed to the tiny village of Gari. Along the way, we would pause at the ancient stone Deer Leap Bridge… Read More

Nov 05, 2014


A Hike from Janče to Galičnik
After staying the night at Lake Mavrovo, we got on the road as early as possible, arriving at Janče’s Hotel Tutto by 8am. There was a reason for our haste; the weather reports called for rain by noon, and we were planning on hiking to Galičnik and back… Read More

Nov 04, 2014


The Duf Waterfall Near Rostuše
After parking our car in the center of Rostuše, a small village within the bounds of the Mavrovo National Park, we set off to find the Duf Waterfall. This was an easy hike of about forty minutes, which follows a well-marked trail from the main road… Read More

Nov 04, 2014


Mavrovo Lake and the Sunken Church
Just south of Gostivar, sparkling Lake Mavrovo shares its name with Macedonia’s first national park. Whether for hiking, skiing, trout fishing, or just relaxing with a view of the Balkan peaks reflecting in the water, the lake has long been a popular vacation spot for Macedonians… Read More

Nov 04, 2014


The Wines of Stobi
Just outside the town of Gradsko, we found one of Macedonia’s newest and most successful wineries: Stobi, named in honor of the nearby Roman ruins which we had recently visited. We took a tour of the winery and had a chance to sample some of their best bottles… Read More

Nov 03, 2014


The Ruins of Stobi
A sprawling set of ruins just off the highway, near the town of Gradsko, Stobi is the largest archaeological site in Macedonia. Thanks to its strategic location at the confluence of the rivers Crna and Vardar, Stobi was an important city for both the Paeonian Kingdom and the Romans, until being abandoned following a major earthquake in 518 AD… Read More

Nov 03, 2014

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