Sunday, 12 April 2015

Places: Macedonia

Where? Macedonia is located in south-eastern Europe on the Balkans. It is a landlocked country and it is one of the former Yugoslav republics. The capital is Skopje. There is plenty to see and to do in Macedonia, due to our short visit, we stayed in Skopje throughout our visit.

How? There are some flights to Skopje from Scandinavia. We flew there with Air Serbia, via Belgrade. We stayed at an apartment in central Skopje.

When? We spent Easter 2015 in Skopje. It was fairly warm, but the weather was unstable. Apparently it would have been a better idea to go there a week later. The locals we talked to recommended to visit in May-June and/or September.

How #2? Macedonia was a very pleasant surprise. It was love at first sight when I saw the mountains and the green fields. Skopje is a fairly small town, so it is easy to get around on foot. All the tourist signs are in Macedonian and English, and people spoke English surprisingly well. There were very few tourists, so we were happy. Macedonia seems to be a country of contrasts and diversity. On the way from the airport to the town, as well as outside Skopje, we saw horse carriages, goats and buildings in fairly bad condition. Skopje was more modern. One of the charming aspects of Skopje was the diversity. Mosques, churches and multilingual street signs were everywhere. We noticed that Macedonians seem to be proud of their history. There was a statue of everyone important, Alexander the Great being the most famous of them all. The Macedonian flag could be found on every street, in front of the majority of buildings. The level of service was good, the food was tasty.

Conclusion: I want to go there again! When the plane back to Belgrade had taken off, I looked longingly at the mountains and felt a sudden urge to go hiking. There is a first for everything!

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