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Nikola Kljusev 3, Skopje 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
A Macedonian legacy of winemaking goes back to the 13th Century BC, and today the southeast European nation’s industry is witnessing a rebirth. While in the country’s capital, Skopje, we attended a wine tasting and lecture at a sleek club, along...
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Skopje 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Shopska salad is a popular dish in Macedonia. What characterizes it is the fresh, simple flavors of its ingredients. The shopska salad is made of tomatoes, onion, white cow cheese, green peppers, cucumber and parsley. In every Balkan country they...
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Skopje 1000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Old Bazar is located in the center of Skopje on the left side of the river Vardar. The Old Bazaar is the largest bazaar in the Balkans (outside Istanbul). It’s from the 12th century, and under the Ottomans Empire it reached its peak. Today is...
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Zheleznichka 114, Ohrid 6000, Macedonia (FYROM)
Ohrid (Macedonian: Охрид) is a city on the eastern shore of Lake Ohrid in the Republic of Macedonia. It has about 56,000 inhabitants, making it the seventh largest city in the country. The city is the seat of Ohrid Municipality. Ohrid is notable...
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Sofia, Bulgaria
The remnants of communism can still be felt through the enormous plain-faced concrete buildings in this capitol city. But just one glimpse of this beautiful Russian Orthodox church takes you back to a time before the stoic buildings.
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Bulevard "Evlogi i Hristo Georgiev" 99А, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria
I still don't know what drew us to it. Somehow we sensed that there was something good to be found beyond an open courtyard, and we hung around long enough to follow someone around the back of a building, through a doorway, and up some stairs, to...
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Sofia, Bulgaria
Well worth a visit - one of the oldest Synagogues still standing in eastern Europe. It needs to be visited and supported!
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Sofia, Bulgaria
I think I was destined to love Bulgaria, even though I had no idea where it was before I agreed to go there. I quickly learned that Bulgaria is sandwiched between Greece and Romania, and that its food rivaled its neighbors, namely the Greeks. For...
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1415 м. Орехите, Bulgaria
I never thought I'd actually see someone walk across a pile of hot coals--and I'm still not sure if I did. (Doesn't it defy science?) The Bulgarian tradition of nestinarstvo harkens back to a pagan ritual with bagpipes and processions, designed to...
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2643, Bulgaria
During my time in Sofia I took a drive south to the famous Rila Monastery. This surprisingly colorful building was established in the 10th century, but experienced multiple raids during the Ottoman occupation and suffered a fire in the 19th...
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Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Go to Bulgaria before the secret’s out! I must thank a native Bulgarian, living in Brussels, for informing me that Bulgaria is inexpensive to travel, or more specifically, eat through. “Like, really cheap,” he said; and he was right. At any...
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Kaptol 5, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
We've been on a global "cafe hop" for four months now - sipping an espresso in just about every place our bags land. It's not just the coffee that lures us in, but the culture that comes with it - the art of steeping/sipping/stirring coffee all...
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Blue Eye, Albania
This place is in the middle of nowhere in Southern Albania. There is no bus stop. You just have to motion to the driver to pull over at the side of the road when you see a promising looking dirt trail. You take that trail off the main road, all...
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On day seven of our Bike Beyond Boundaries tour of Albania's World Heritage Sites, we cycled from Gjirokastra, birthplace of feared dictator Enver Hoxha as well as renowned writer Ismail Kadare, over the steep Gjerë mountains to the straits of...
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Gjirokaster, Albania
Gjirokastër, also known as Gjirokastra, is an inland city in Southern Albania with a beautiful old town unlike anything I've ever seen in Europe. It was oppressively hot when we were there but we still made the trek up to the castle that's existed...
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Kosovo
Albania recently built a freeway from the coast to Kosovo. However, unless you have a very good road map or speak Albanian, it can be hard to find the freeway. Like most Balkan countries, Albania likes to put the next town on road signs, rather...
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Blloku, Tirana, Albania

I am a sucker for an elected offical who had a career in the arts, and after my brief trip to Albania I have become a huge fan of Edi Rama. Rama, Tirana's artist-mayor, has helped Tirana start to lay claim to the title of "Most Colorful City in...

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Lake Ohrid
Looking for a European locale as a possible retirement area, we traveled to Albania. A one hour flight from Rome, we landed at Tirana airport, rented a car and made our way to Lake Ohrid and the town of Pogradeci.. There we had a lakeside lunch...
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Rruga Evlia Celebi, Gjirokaster 6001, Albania
Driving from Greece into Albania on a road trip whim, we found ourselves in the town of Gjirokastra, having been enchanted by a large hillside fort seen from the main road. A winding drive up into town leads to the base of the dominating...
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Tirana, Albania
This is only one of the 'out-of-the-blue' images that regularly pop up as you're exploring Tirana. Apparently one of the former mayors of the city was an artist himself. In the post-communist era he actively encouraged the use of brightly colored...
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Berat, Albania
It looks innocent enough. This road to the citadel in Berat has been ascended by thousands of others over the centuries. And while climbing UP the hill, towards the amazing castle and its collection of churches, mosques, museums and active homes,...
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Berat, Albania
Visiting Berat is easily one of the highlights of a trip to Albania. The old Ottoman city, with its unique stone houses which climb the hill towards the castle, is the kind of place you can wander for hours and happily get lost in. The UNESCO...
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Berat, Albania
Berat is a charming 2400 year old Ottoman town with houses built one on top of another, earning itself the moniker ‘Town of a Thousand Windows’. When I arrived there I was excitedly met by my host and taken to his ‘welcome room’ for a shot of...
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Berat, Albania
As mosques go, it’s a rather typical one. It’s really the name that catches the imagination. When I first read about it in the guide book I had visions of young handsome men gathering around its doorways, intensely discussing manly-men topics,...
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Berat, Albania
“Are you going to the Xhiro tonight?” he asked. “It’s Monday so it should be good.” He pointed down to the town. The Xhiro (pronounced ‘giro’), as it turns out, is one of the most curious rituals I have come across. At a time when we might be...
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SH64, Tushemisht, Albania
My Bike Beyond Boundaries tour of Albania's World Heritage Sites began at the Millennium Hotel, at the base of the Gramoz Mountains in tiny Pogradec. Set directly on Lake Ohrid, the Balkans' deepest lake, the tiny town begs for fishermen to plumb...
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Rijeka Crnojevića, Montenegro
Hidden beneath the overbearing black mountains that crown Lake Skadar in Montenegro is the small fishing village of Karuc – an unexpected oasis in an austere mountain landscape. Arrive in Karuc from a windy road off the main way from Podgorica,...