Lake Ohrid, Macedonia
Trip Start Aug 11, 2009
143Trip End Sep 30, 2010
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The old town is gorgeous and filled with churches in varying states of ruin or repair, the oldest being the 4th century floor mosaics (with no actual church remaining). The highest point in town is adorned with the heavily reconstructed fortress which has great views over the lake. At the base of the hill, the cobbled streets have become tourist hangouts with the buildings converted to cafes, shops and icecream stands. Where the cobblestones end the concrete high rise sprawl begins... you have to house all the tourists somewhere.
Getting used to the concept of swimming off a beach of pebbles instead of sand, we found our very own patch of baking hot concrete, set our stuff down and went for a swim
Heading for the Albanian border from Ohrid, we passed the little monastery of Sveti Naum. Perched on a peaceful cliff above the lake, it is still an operating monastery which surprised me seeing as a huge great hotel and restaurant complex has been built looming over the little church. Next to the surrounding farms and the traffic of donkeys I found the place to be rather a contrast as we watched peacocks roaming about the rose gardens.
The border point itself was only about a 10 minute walk away, this time we actually got an exit stamp although judging by the clarity of it, there must be a money saving initiative on ink at the moment.