Monday, July 28, 2008

Enjoying Ohrid

Lake Ohrid in Macedonia, originally uploaded by CharlesFred.

Ohrid is an ancient city built on the eastern shore of a largish lake full of very clear mountain water. It used to be the home of the major archbishopric of the area and, as a result, houses many important monasteries and churches. These mingle with pretty houses built in the slopes of the rocky shores, most of them having grapevines growing at the front of the house and many others with pretty flowers.

We are staying in private accommodation for 10 euros each a night, just up from the lake shore. Hopefully, it wil be far enough away from all the bars and loud discos for us to get a good night's sleep after two very short ones.

Yes, not only is Ohrid home to cultural and historical treasures but also to cheap and cheerful beach holidaymakers, with boulevards full of cafes, bars, restaurants and ice cream parlours.

Top point of the day was hearing a Serbian brass band version of Whitney Houston's 'I will always love you' with the singer singing falsely and causing the whole beach to errupt with laughter!

Worst point of the day was a young woman selling badges inlcuding SS signs and swastikas. Fred could not leave it without making a comment to the effect 'didn't you learn anything in history?" !!!

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