Kamnik Hotel Skopje
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... is somewhat of a democracy, although an imperfect and corrupt one, and most of the monuments date from the last five years and a 2010-15 building spree. Where does a relatively poor country like Macedonia get the money to pack its city center with colossal statues and monuments, new bridges lined with bronze statues of important people in its history? It looks like they’re trying to copy ancient Rome or more realistically trying to copy Caesar’s Palace ...
... we planned it this way…
Then we set out to see the city of Skopje. The hostel owner warned us that it was strange, but we did not really understand what she meant by this. It quickly became clear as we approached the center of town. In 2011, Skopje undertook a project to make the city more desirable for tourism, which consisted of building over 300 random monuments. They literally appear as far as the eye can ...
... things large, and the new museums and public buildings are on a spectacular scale. There are also absolutely huge sculptures everywhere in the city centre, topped by the immense statue of Alexander the Great in the main Macedonia Square. Much of the street sculpture is lovely - interesting subjects and great detail, and some of it is very humorous too, such as the diving girls in the river below the Stone Bridge.
But for tonight, we found our ...
... is one of the saint to whom the church is dedicated. More of the older people were willing to smile back at you here, something endearing.
A huge spread was put on by the family. Before we got to it, the grandfather, dressed in traditional attire, played the local bagpipe made out of a sheep's stomach. It was atmospheric though Red and BS were bothered sitting close. There was a shopska salad plus another salad plate. One has raki with the salad course. It was strong. ...
... Maalo (the "new neighbourhood," now a shopping centre) and the Memorial Centre of the Holocaust of Jews in the old Jewish quarter. At end of the 19th C, Skopje expanded settlement to the right bank of the Vardar River. Before, it had only been on the left bank. The 1963 earthquake changed everything. Some buildings that look decrepit now were destroyed that day and never rebuilt.