tirana albania visit

Tirana Albania’s colorful and creative capital

We left behind the peaceful Lake Ohrid in North Macedonia and headed towards the busy, noisy, colorful, and lively Tirana Albania’s capital. When we got to the border between North Macedonia and Albania, I was a bit worried about my passing, as I was the only one without a passport, just with an ID card, and Albania is not in the EU. But everything was OK, and I got over this stressful moment and enjoyed the Balkan road trip afterward. The mountain scenery of Albania is beautiful: rocky, green, wild, majestic. It made me think about the Carpathian mountains, actually and got …

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bus to bitola day trip

A rainy day trip by bus to Bitola

The next day, Ana and Tim went to visit Ohrid Town. Although Simon and I had already been there the day before, we still went to town to get a bus to Bitola, in Pelagonia Valley. We all went on the same shuttle bus from Lagadin, but we went our separate ways once we got to town. On the bus to Bitola It was a rainy day, but we took our chances. The bus ride was kind of bumpy and our bus to Bitola wasn’t that new, but it didn’t really matter. The road was pleasant and the scenery was beautiful, though once it started …

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day trip to ohrid town

A delightful day trip to Ohrid

In the morning, Simon and I had a quick breakfast, then went on a day trip to Ohrid Town. Meanwhile, Ana and Tim decided to spend a lazy day by the lake, in Lagadin. The buses come quite frequently and on time on the shore of Lake Ohrid. You pay the fare with the driver. Therefore it’s all very simple and easy, should you decide to travel this way. Day trip to Ohrid Town In Ohrid, we mostly wandered through the old, narrow, cobble-stoned streets, then took a walk on the docks and visited the Byzantium Church of Saint Sophia. Here are some images, to get an …

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best place to stay lake ohrid lagadin

Best place to stay at Lake Ohrid: serene Lagadin

When we arrived at Lake Ohrid, we took in the sights and looked for some accommodation. We had nothing planned, we had no idea what was the best place to stay at Lake Ohrid. Therefore, we just looked for signs posted by people outside their homes or yards.  And we eventually found something in Lagadin, a very small tranquil village, where people come only during the warm months, according to some locals. Read on about the best place to stay at Lake Ohrid! Lagadin: The best place to stay at Lake Ohrid Our hosts offered us two double rooms. Ana was staying …

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matka canyon boat ride

Matka Canyon boat ride on the Treska River

Early in the morning (yes, somehow it’s always early in the morning!), we had breakfast, said goodbye to the local cat, and met up with Simon. We were all heading to Tirana, so he joined us on a Matka Canyon boat ride along the way. The road there wasn’t very pleasant (I was sharing the backseat with Simon and one of our backpacks) and we got a bit lost because we took a wrong turn. However, it was worth it. The sights were absolutely beautiful! Just look at the video I found: The Matka Canyon boat ride We waited a while to get …

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millennium cross hike

Millennium Cross hike and Mount Vodno’s vista

On our second afternoon in Skopje, we stopped for lunch in the Old Bazaar, joined by Simon, one of the Germans we met during the free Skopje walking tour. We ate some delicious food: Tim and I chose Kebapchinya, Ana decided to get the ubiquitous Shopska salad, while Simon chose the baked beans. Over lunch, somehow we also suddenly decided to go together on a Millennium Cross hike. We also talked about a lot of other things and discovered that we had a lot of things in common. Tim and Simon had actually gone to the same university, though they finished in slightly different …

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skopje walking tour

Skopje walking tour with the entertaining Miha

Early in the morning, we woke up and had a quick breakfast at Urban Hostel & Apartments. We then went to Skopje‘s center and split up. Ana and I went to the Memorial House of Mother Teresa, which was the Skopje walking tour starting point. In the meantime, Tim went to walk around in the city on his own. Join me and Ana to find out about the free Skopje walking tour we went on! Highlights of the free Skopje walking tour It was the first time I went on a walking tour. It was interesting that we had a diverse group of Americans, Australians, …

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