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Ohrid

If I hadn’t seen the mountains surrounding Ohrid Lake, I would easily think that it is a sea rather than a lake. Ohrid is a small town in Macedonia. There are 365 churches in the historical city, and this makes it the holy land of the Balkans.

After our morning walk we stopped by one of the oldest restaurants in the city to try the famous fish soup for breakfast/lunch. The soup is incredibly delicious, made with fish from the lake and served with lemon and loads of garlic.

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Before the heat took over we started to climb up the hills to reach the famous churches and the viewpoints facing the lake. While we were resting under the shadow on a wall of the church Saint John, a man approached us. After he spoke some Macedonian with Nikola, he introduced himself to us and started to tell us about the history of Ohrid. His name was Slavic; he didn’t look like one at all, but he sounded like a historian academic who spoke very good English and knew a lot about history. He very kindly answered our questions and gave us a philosophy/history lesson. Later we learned that he just walks around Ohrid, and tells tourists about the history of the city voluntarily, just for fun, and of course he earns some tips as well.

When we continued up to the hill we reached Plaošnik. The most important structure here is the school that was founded by Saint Clement of Macedonia. The government plans to rebuild a school out of the ruins and start Ohrid University there.

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In the afternoon we went to Galičica National Park by the lake, of which St. Naum monastery had the best view. We finished the Ohrid tour with a late lunch at one of the restaurants there, sitting at a table just above the lake.SONY DSC

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