Branefatboy has just returned to the TravelPod forums after a brief hiatus. We’re glad to have him back. He is an incessant cheerleader of all things Macedonian. Check out his unique list of things to do in the Eastern European country:

1. Ohrid Lake, Ohrid

Lake Ohrid with Robertandtanja

Lake Ohrid with Robertandtanja

Snowy Mountains, beautiful lakes, friendly people and much cheaper prices…. I think we like Macedonia better than Greece! – Robertandtanja

2. Stobi, Gradsko

Stobi, Macedonia with Tuparev_slavcho

Stobi, Macedonia with Tuparev_slavcho

Stobi, town from the ancient period, is the most famous archeological location in the Republic of Macedonia. – Tuparev_slavcho

3. Heraklea, Bitola

Mariafinlandia went to Heraklea

Mariafinlandia went to Heraklea

4. Kokino, Kumanovo

Tuparev_slavcho in Kokino

Tuparev_slavcho in Kokino

This observatory has recently been discovered and it is believed it was created in the bronze era, i.e., in the second millennium B.C. – Tuparev_slavcho

5. Kuklica, Kratovo

Brandilinasue in Kuklina, Macedonia

Brandilinasue in Kuklica, Macedonia

Kuklica is a natural place where the stones look like a bride and bridegroom and their wedding guests on the day of a wedding. – Brandilinasue

6. Matka, Skopje

Matka canyon with Brandilinasue

Matka canyon with Brandilinasue

Walking around the hill on stone pathways, we had to duck in certain places so you don’t hit your head on the jagged rocks above. It was very peaceful there and very beautiful.Brandilinasue

7. The Millennium Cross, Skopje

View of the Millennium Cross on the mountain by Keplam

View of the Millennium Cross on the mountain by Keplam

8. Markovi Kuli, Prilep

Tobacco fields near Markovi Kuli by Mariafinlandia

Tobacco fields near Markovi Kuli by Mariafinlandia

9. Smolarsk Waterfalls, Strumica

The Smolarsk waterfall with Brandilinasue

The Smolarsk waterfall with Brandilinasue

First stop we made was at Smolarsk Waterfall. The climb to the waterfall was terrible and I found out that I definitely was out of shape.Brandilinasue

10. St. Plaosnik, Ohrid

Brandilinasue goes to Plaoshnik

Brandilinasue goes to Plaoshnik

We headed ourselves up the hill to see Samuilova Turdina (The Fortress). With terrific views of the city, it’s breath taking. – Brandilinasue

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  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece is optimistic about the name issue with Skopje.

    Sources from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece, have claimed to be optimistic about the future outcome of the name issue with Skopje.

    The Greek side, they claimed, is flanked by experienced diplomats, well known for their accomplishments in modern diplomatic history.

    The Greek interlocutor in the past had been entrusted with the task of solving the issue of the pending parking tickets issued by the Mayor of New York to Greek Diplomats, for illegal parking, which amounted to $550.000.

    The Greek Side, claimed that “the diplomats wouldn’t be obliged to pay, because no measures could be taken against them, due to Vienna Convention for Diplomatic Relations”.

    The Mayor of New York sent the bill to the State Department. The Greek side continued to be confident. The State Department transmitted the bill to Ministry of Defense. The Greek side started questioning “There is something fishy about it..”.

    Then they heard the news “All scholarships to Greek military personnel for training in the U.S. is suspended until the $550.000 parking ticked is paid to the Mayor of New York”.

    The Greek side became anxious about the turnout of the issue. The charged the experienced interlocutor to start negotiations about the amount to be paid. “How about paying you $400.000 and we stop talking?”, “how about paying you $400.000 now and the remaining $150.000 is paid in 99 years?”, “how about paying now the whole amount minus 10%?”, “how about paying you in Panama Canal bonds?”, “how about not paying, but you to be free to park where you like in the center of Athens without getting parking tickets?”.

    After receiving “No”s about a hundred times (2005-2006), the Greek side paid $550.000. The illegally parked cars’ owners were never called to reimburse the Greek tax payers money of $550.000 corresponding to their respective illegal parking practices.

    The other strong weapon of the Greek diplomacy is the Supreme Service Council (“Anotato Ypiresiako Symboulio). It is comprised of high ranking diplomats (even retired ones, some of them very old, invalid or close to dying). The new clauses of the reformed status Law of the Foreign Ministry stipulate “that the low rank officials whose case is brought before the Supreme Service Council, have no right whatsoever to be represented before such a council even is the said council is ready to kick them out of the service for grounds of incompetence. In such cases, even the Foreign Minister cannot modify the Council’s decision”.

    Retired ex diplomats, aged between 70 and 87, (experienced in persecuting young diplomats) that constitute “the Greek Foreign Minister’s elite advisory group”, have claimed that Greece shall come victorious in the name dispute with Skopje, if the latter ever decides that the issue shall be discussed and determined exclusively within the “Supreme Service Council” of the Foreign Ministry of Greece.

  2. I think number ten is actually the newly reconstructed church of St Clement in Ohrid. His relics now lie there.

  3. That’s a great list, the only places I can think of that were left out are Kratovo, Kruševo, and St. John at Kaneo.

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