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Oct 8, 2018 - Ohrid

We enjoy the bus rides from town to town. The ride from Tirana to Ohrid was similar to highway 21, Idaho City to Stanley with beautiful mountains, streams, and small villages tucked here and there. Macedonia is building a freeway from Sirbia to Greece and we were able to see the construction progress as we rode through the mountains. Ohrid has a historical heritage with natural beauty, Ohrid is Macedonia’s crown jewel. It sits on the shores of Lake Ohrid. The town is one of Europe’s oldest settlements and the lake is said to be one of the...

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May 15, 2018 - Ohrid

We got away reasonably early from Korce for the drive to Ohrid in Macedonia and the weather could not have been any better. The one hour drive along a reasonably good road did reach a minor crisis while exiting a one-way bridge and being confronted with a truck attempting to make an entry. After a pregnant pause the unhappy driver backed up and let us through but he was not happy. A while later it was our turn to be unhappy when we applied for a 'green permit' at the Albanian/Macedonian border. The 'insurance' permit is required to take...

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Sep 1, 2017 - Ohrid, Macedonia

We left Veria and backtracked to A27. We drove back through the series of tunnels and turned up a valley. Power plants, a mine, and little villages, some farming....citrus, veggies particularly tomatoes and corn, some grape vines....were along the way. We seemed to be high in the mountains. We crossed the border at Niki with little problem once we showed passports and car insurance. The first thing we noticed was the deteriation in the roads. Then the quality of the villages. They seemed vacant as we wound through them. Soviet style...

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Apr 1, 2016 - Bus to Ohrid & beautiful Lake Ohrid

4/1 I got up at 6 and showered first having slept since 9 last night. Breakfast at 7:30. Excellent - egg, bread, jam, honey, butter, apple/orange juice, goat cheeze, tomato & cucumber slices, tea/coffee, and Yogurt! We got great info from the morning manager of Freddy's who told us about the bus to Macedonia. It goes every day 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Being 8:15, we hustled our butts over to the HAK BUS & POLIOGU ALBANIA Agency and by the time we found it (only 4-5 blocks from Freddy's) it was 8:45. They said we could go on the next bus but we...

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May 22, 2014 - Climb every mountain?

So, I have a day in sleepy Ohrid to do as I please. A 'quick' wander out to the bus station to check the timetables for tomorrow (and make sure I can find it - and then work out a more direct route there than the circuitous one I took) and then the day is mine. Since I'm staying in an apartment in Ohrid I decide to head back there for lunch, which ends up taking a couple of hours for some reason. It was only sandwiches. I think I just like having a balcony where I can sit out in the sun. Undisturbed. Nobody staring at the blue in my hair...

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May 21, 2014 - Out of the fire

Sadly for Skopje it has the ignoble honour of being the first place I've really disliked. I can't wait to get out of here. I arrive at the bus station almost 2 hours before the bus I'd been planning to take, hoping there might be an earlier one running. There isn't. I buy my ticket and decide to head 5 minutes back up the road to the shopping centre to grab an early lunch and avail myself of the free wifi. The bus station is dark, dingy and depressing. I have no desire to spend more time there than I have to. One o'clock draws near, and...

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Oct 7, 2012 - Ohrid - Macedonia

Em Ohrid ficamos hospedados no Villa Lucija, um hotel familiar. Os donos vivem no rés do chão e os 3 pisos para cima foram convertidos em quartos com varandas viradas para o lago, pois o hotel está mesmo situado sobre o lago. Tem uma pequena cozinha comum e por isso podemos preparar o pequeno-almoço e depois tomá-lo na varanda com uma vista absolutamente soberba. Estamos no ultimo piso, e ficamos sentados a beber café com leite e a apreciar as gaivotas a voarem sobre o lago ou o bailado de meia duzia de cisnes, com as montanhas como pano de...

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Oct 6, 2012 - Macedónia - Ohrid

A viagem até à Macedonia, que faz fronteira com a Albania e mais precisamente para Ohrid, foi longa. Saímos cedo de Berat e apanhamos uma camioneta bastante velha para Elbassan, mais a Norte. Chegados aqui a, apanhamos um taxi numa viagem curta até junto de um estádio de futebol e daqui um furgão até Progradec, já junto à fronteira com a Macedónia. A casa de banho na estação de camionetas há-de ficar na meméoria...desce-se um lance de degraus que vai ter a um portão e onde se entra para uma catacumba com 3 sanitas lado a lado. A estrada é...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Walking to Greece

We took the bus from Ohrid to Bitola, not sure whether we would stay in Bitola, which was runored to be a fashionable place, for a night or not. Rolling into Bitola, either the hype exceeded reality or we missed the fashionable part entirely. A guy at the bus station offered to drive us to the border and we piled into a car that we were not sure would make it out of the parking lot. Thankully, 10 minutes later, we exhaled and exited the car. Now at this point it is raining pretty good and it's worth mentioning that, a few days ago, Julia...

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Jun 16, 2010 - Ohrid, Macedonia

If you ever want to feel like the long lost aunt and uncle finally returning home for a long overdue visit, go to Macedonia. And the guidebooks and Albanians are correct, Ohrid is much more beautiful than Pogradec, or any other town, in either country. In fact, we are hard pressed to think of a nicer lakeshore town anywhere in the world. Steps from the waters edge was our apartment (of course, fabulous and inexpensive) and our new extended family. With the football world cup in full swing we spent most evenings at the bookie/sports...

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Mar 11, 2009 - Magical Lake Ohrid

3/11/09 Immediately after crossing the border from Albania, the rubbish improved, building materials and implements of destruction disappeared, and the homes became larger and more picturesque (using artistic stone and tile construction instead of repeating concrete slabs). Hoxha’s bunkers gave way to handfuls of blown-apart houses followed by graveyards spiked with black tombstones bearing the same end dates. The driving improved, English became more prevalent, and more people came up to us offering accommodation. Politics already began to...

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Aug 2, 2008 - A little Bitolis and a little Bitolat

As planned, I caught the over(half of)night bus from Sofia over the border into Macedonia; my intended destination was Prilep, on Lonely Planet's recommendation that the Treskavec monastery, a few miles' hike away, was "worth a trip". I'd hoped that the fact that it was an overnight bus might have persuaded the driver to switch off the radio and let people get some sleep, but apparently not; one of the "songs" was in English and included the lyrics "You can hear me screaming and shouting". Dead right I can, and I'd really rather not. Sleep...

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