Welcome to Ohrid

When I got off the bus in Ohrid, I was approached by two people. The first was a woman inquiring whether I needed a place to stay (this is apparently how one finds lodging in Ohrid). The second was Rafael, a solo traveler from Brazil. He asked if I knew where I was going. When I said that I had no idea, he laughed and said we should hang out, since we were in the same boat. He also suggested we share a room, and he bargained her for a room with two twin beds for 5 euro each. Cheapest accommodations by far, so no complaints on my part.

After dropping off our bags, we set out to take a walk. We walked down into the old part of town, then up the hill and out the gate to the old city, where we got a good view of the old city walls.

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Along the way, I saw this turtle in the middle of the trail.

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We continued to wander more or less aimlessly, until we took a trail which dipped down to a nice, secluded area of the lake. (It turned out to not be as secluded as we had originally thought, as there were some naturalist swimmers nearby; we saw them later dressed as hippies and playing in a band, complete with didgeridoo.) Lake Ohrid is a natural, fresh water lake, and is one of the best lakes I have ever swum in. The water was cool and refreshing as well as reasonably choppy for a lake of its size (30 km in length; they have a swim race across the lake each summer.)

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After drying off, we went in search of food. First, I stopped in a market and bought some freshly picked raspberries. 

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We then found a place to eat, and had Macedonian wine along with bread served with href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ajvar">ajvar, a relish consisting of red bell peppers and garlic. You can buy jars of it in supermarkets in Macedonia.

After dinner, we walked back to the lake. Along the way, we passed this accordion player.

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There are large statues in Ohrid as well. This is St. Clement of Ohrid (one of many saints who bear that name).

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I like this picture of the lamp against the darkening sky.

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Here is the crescent moon over Ohrid.

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And some boats moored at the pier.

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Here is Ohrid lit up at night.

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And finally, here is the castle above the city.

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By Ross in Travel on Mon 30 June 2014. Tags: Macedonia

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