If you are planning a trip to Macedonia, it may help you to see how much it cost us. Although we didn't write down every single expense, we did keep track of prices to give an indication of prices in different areas of the country. We arrived in Skopje at midnight from Podgorica. We arrived late at night and tried to find a room in one of the hostels. Most we asked, were already full. Some were too expensive. We got a private room for € 14, not far from the center. We realized that, as in most Balkan countries, you really need a car to get around (although Macedonia is also a popular destination for bicyclists). We rented a car the next day: 5 days … (Continue reading)
Every country has its own customs, manners and people. Sometimes, this may seem odd to outsiders. We mentioned the Lisbonese, the Germans and the Philippines before; and this time, we want to share the things that we thought were peculiar in Macedonia. We enjoyed traveling Macedonia. It's a country with beautiful nature and friendly people (who all seem to speak English too). Read about the best viewpoints and places to swim that we found around Lake Ohrid.
Lake Ohrid is the pearl of Macedonia's stunning nature and therefore should be discovered from all angles and perspectives. This article presents 4 charming places surrounding the lake, all offering unique viewpoints and refreshing swimming spots Lake Ohrid offers splendid and breathtaking viewpoints and there are many nice beaches to relax and swim. It's a wonderful alternative to the sea and surprises with panoramic blue mountain ranges surrounding the lake. However, there is one critical observation we made during our travels: littering in nature reaches a level here that cannot be accepted or ignored any longer. Huge piles of trash, mainly plastic, are dumped in parts which are hidden for the people visiting the beach front but can be spotted within a few meters on the outskirts. Especially, for … (Continue reading)
Montenegro or Crna Gora (Black mountain) is the first ecological state ever, meaning that the country established a legal paper to protect its nature and the rare species of animals. Montenegro covers ancient forests with trees more than 500 years old, crystal clear rivers and wide ranges of landscapes that are completely untouched by humans and instead ruled by bears and wolves. Budget-friendly time to travel: Before or after season. Only in the periods before June and after August you can experience decent prices for accommodation and food. After 5 relaxing days in Kotor, we packed our stuff and headed for new adventures. We read that Budva is not as intriguing as Kotor. There were several negative articles condemning Budva as a place for party tourism and poor culture. … (Continue reading)
Every city has streets: Long streets, narrow streets, clean streets, dirty streets, colorful streets, dull streets. When we explore a new place, we pass hundreds of streets. Often without even realizing it. However, if we realize it, it's due to the fact that something caught our attention. Sometimes we become fully aware of a certain street or corner just because there is something that lured us into pausing for a moment and breathing in the atmosphere of this street. What could it be that lured us and made us stay put for a short while? It's street art with a message behind. An abundance of colors, shapes and details turned into a fascinating piece of street art by talented hands and creative minds. Whenever we visit a new place, … (Continue reading)
Traveling to new places often requires us to adapt to new environments, new people, new cultures. To cut a long story short: when we travel, we're constantly learning about the truth of a country. We do this by getting to know its history, how the lives of the people here developed throughout time, what core events took place and in which venues. Each country has a story to tell: about the perks of reality, the turbulences of the past and the prospects of the future. Bosnia & Herzegovina is a fairly unusual destination for the average traveler. People who decide to travel to this part of the Balkans are truly interested in the history and the challenges people living here had to face in the past until present. We've chosen … (Continue reading)