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The crystal clear water of Lake Ohrid, in Ohrid, Macedonia

You won’t find any amusement parks at Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Nor will you find a wild party scene. You can windsurf on the lake, but this isn’t the adventure capital of...

St. Clement and Panteleimon Church sits high on a bluff overlooking Lake Ohrid in in Ohrid, Macedonia. It was built in 893 on the foundation of the early Christian basilica known as Plasonik

Macedonian Orthodox Church St Clement and Panteleimon sits high on a bluff overlooking Lake Ohrid in Ohrid, North Macedonia. It was built in 893 on the foundation of the early Christian...

Fishermen cast lines from a wooden boardwalk that follows the cliffs surrounding Lake Ohrid in Macedonia

Fishermen cast lines from a wooden boardwalk that follows the cliffs surrounding Lake Ohrid in Macedonia. I had never heard of this destination prior to my arrival in Skopje, the capital...

Lake Matka, behind the dam that created the world's first manmade lake. Kayaking is a popular activity in Matka Canyon

I desperately needed a break from the city. My travels for the past few months through the Balkans had been fascinating but exhausting – just trying to wrap my brain around...

Vrelo Cave on the Treska River in Matka Canyon, near Skopje, North Macedonia. Some speculate that it is the deepest underwater cave in the world.

Matka Canyon is easily visited during a day trip from Skopje, North Macedonia using public transportation. It offers miles of hiking along the deep river formed by damming of the Treska...

Neo-classic Roman government buildings on Dimitar Vlahov Walk along the Vardar River in Skopje

Some mornings, it takes me a moment to remember where I am. It’s a hazard that comes with full-time travel, where every few days I’m in a different city, a different...