Lovely Lake Ohrid

Trip Start Apr 25, 2012
Trip End May 12, 2012

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Samoil Fortress
Church of St Kliment
Church of St John
Church of St Sophia

Flag of Macedonia  , Ohrid,
Monday, April 30, 2012

After sharing a bottle of red Macedonian wine, I left my ATM card in the machine, but luckily Marilynn my roommate was getting money after me and pushed "no" - she didn't want another transaction - and got my card out of the machine.  Oh, oh.  So I decided to come back to the hotel to write up today's blog rather than getting into any more trouble.

I have to wait until Marilynn comes back to label her photos to enter the attractions we visited so that I can copy her list.  I know that we had to get up around 6 am to gobble down our breakfasts in Skopje so we could get taxis to the bus station for an 8:30 bus, was it?  It was early - maybe earlier than 8:30.  We drove here to Lake Ohrid which is quite the resort town.  It has been glorious weather here in the Balkans - blue skies, warm weather - and there are lots of people here enjoying it.  There are other foreign tourists but there seems to be a lot of local people as well.

We walked from the bus station here to our hotel - Louise said it was about 5 minutes.  With all my baggage, it felt a bit longer - my shoulders were beginning to hurt.  I should have taken the bags off while we waited for our room keys but didn't know how long it would take, so I kept them on.  I survived.  There haven't been any elevators so I think I have gained some conditioning as I carried all my stuff up one floor without making two trips.  We have three beds, so we put our bags and some stuff on the middle bed.  We also have a little table and seat, a kitchenette of sorts, and a balcony with table and chairs.  I did some hand laundry but didn't notice that the balcony has a clothesline with clothespins.  When people turned in their laundry, they were surprised to see clothes on their balconies when we came back.  The clothes were theirs.  I could have put mine out as well - as opposed to some hotels that frown upon laundry on their balconies.
After an hour of settling in our rooms, we gathered for a town walk.  Louise first took us uphill to the fort that had a fantastic view of the lake.  This place is definitely picture perfect.  Marilynn showed me some of her photos and they are postcard worthy.  So we shot the lake and pieces of the fort from many different angles.  I got a fridge magnet of the very attractive red and yellow Macedonian flag.  From the fort, we went to a church that had old mosaics that were being excavated.  From there we took a path to the most photographed church in Ohrid...or maybe of all of Macedonia.  It was on a cliff over the lake.  This was the church of St John.  There were yellow flowers and white iris and it was very photogenic. 

Then we went down to the beach.  Marilynn and I joined Graeme and Lynne for a cappuccino at a beach restaurant below the little church.  The cappuccinos were quite large with a third of the glasses filled with very thick cream.  Quite nice, especially if you are into cream.  From there we walked a bit on the rocky beach past boats on shore and then on a wooden walkway along the cliff.  I liked the walkway.  No matter where we were, the views of the lake were beautiful - the clear water, the boats, the snow-capped mountains in the distance.  

After the coffees, we walked back to the hotel along the beach and visited the Church of St. Sophia with 11th century frescoes.  The frescoes probably covered the entire interior of the church at one time, but now chunks are missing.  I was glad we had a chance to see the church.  Before getting to the hotel, we wanted more water so went on a little search for a store that sold bottled water.  Consequently we saw the covered market, but our interest was minimal because our focus was elsewhere.  Back to the hotel for a short interlude on the computer before going out to the Belvedere Restaurant for dinner with the group

Hence, the wine.  I ordered my meal by asking for it by the Macedonian name and the waiter repeated it back with the English name.  I guess I could be glad he understood what I was asking for.  The meal was fine and the wine was good.  The conversations were great.  Now here I am back at the hotel and I have finished up today's blog but it is already 10:30.  I will let Marilynn send off her email and then try to upload a few photos maybe.

I seem to be missing some photos that I was sure I took but my blog doesn't note any photo traumas so I guess I will have to look at the sd cards and hope that they are there.  I found them.

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