Pictures and captions kind of post: Touring Makedonija / Macedonia / Republic of Macedonia / FYROM / Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, whatever you prefer. June 2017.
Okay, the flight ticket wasn’t that cheap – 30€. But I really needed to get out, anywhere. Skopje.
First glimpse of Macedonian government’s thoughtlessness. Warrior on a Horse aka Alexander the Great, biggest part of Macedonian history. But really Macedonian or Greek? In both means the statue is terrific.
Monumentalism, that’s how I would describe the modern local architecture.
The storm is coming…
When it rains in Skopje, it rains snowballs like Raffaellos.
Streets of Old Bazaar after the rain.
Mirrors of Skopje.
Wall Street bull in Skopje. You can find really all statues in here.
Contrast of cleanliness.
The city of statues. Big expensive statues thoughtlessly built, in my opinion, while roads and pavements need more attention.
Monumental but beautiful.
That looks like the one in Paris I think, captured before it gets covered by London red double-decker.
Every day pleasure, burek and yogurt, 1€.
Meeting with Natasha, my friend from Wildwood times in US. For good coffee you pay more.
Feasting in Old Bazaar for something over 4€.
Whatever that means. Lovely Macedonian wisdom.
Alexander again in it’s all majesty.
The scenery on one summer evening.
My favorite part of Skopje is definitely Old Bazaar, the hint of Turkish culture is too visible.
Arriving to Ohrid, the most favorite holiday spot not only for Macedonians who are landlocked from the sea.
Walking old Ohrid.
Canyon Matka on a hot day.
First prove that I was in Macedonia too.
The story of churches goes something like “let’s build them everywhere in perfect composition with the scenery”. Makes me think of some secret deal between Gods and Mother Nature. As a complete atheist I’m always impressed.
The Macedonian flag has to put sun on the sky.
Summer day in Ohrid. Old cars in Macedonia are the must see.
After 10 days I sum it up. In Macedonia, as for more of Balkans or former Yugoslavia as you will, it’s still more about to survive than to live. Hard to admit, but the money from European Union make goddamn difference. And also while the rest of Europe freed from Soviet Union was developing into capitalism society, the Balkan was in war. And you can tell.
Short trip to Sv. Naum. You can see over Ohrid to Albania by the way.
Honestly, Skopje is a nice example what happens when you give tax money and power into wrong hands. The infrastructure woyld deserve a bit of attention but nope, we’re gonna build massive government buildings instead. And 30 flagpoles and random statues and empty parks. Impressive but also sad and funny at the same time. My last night in Skopje.
Contrasting in Bitola. To compete with typical mosque towers, people build tall towers with crosses on them. Sometimes we call this situation as measuring the dicks.
Sv. Naum monastery and tourist bulwark.
Bitola at dusk. Note the architecture of new houses. We always know they are new because they are not finished.
Bitola at dusk, Muslim version.
Bitola at dusk, Christian version.