Lake Ohrid, Macedonia

We’ve been wanting to make a trip to Lake Ohrid, and we finally took the plunge!

We left on Thursday night after work and went straight to the Old Town for dinner.  We squeezed the car through all of the teeny tiny stone roads until we could go no further.  We then walked along a ‘foot bridge’ around the water’s edge to a restaurant called Kaneo…just below the Kaneo church.   It was a lovely setting…reminding of us our time in Cavtat, Croatia.

We ordered a shopska salad, Macedonian platter with ajvar and pinjur, and a white bait type fried fish appetizer.  We then ordered a small portion of fresh fish from the lake to share.  We also shared a slice of Ohrid cake with some vanilla ice cream.

Ramesh enjoyed the crunchy ‘fried fish’  –  bones and all!

Jackson and I attacked the Macedonian Platter:  Ajvar, Pinjur, ‘feta-like’ cheese, grilled zucchini and peppers.

Our trout from the lake.  You don’t get served fish like this in the U.S. every day!!

Our tummies were quite full and we were thankful for the trek back to the car.

Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. It is one of Europe’s deepest and oldest lakes, preserving a unique aquatic ecosystem that is of worldwide importance, with more than 200 endemic species. The importance of the lake was further emphasized when it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979.

The next morning, we made our way to Cuba Libre beach for Ramesh to go Paragliding.  It was a beautiful morning.  The sun was shining, the water was so clear and blue.

We poked around a bit before his flight time, and shared a toast…just in case he did not return!!  LOL!  (any excuse will do to justify having a cocktail while on vacation!)

Ramesh loved the paragliding, and said it was not scary at all!

We poked around some more…

We headed to Sveti Naum and had lunch at Ostrovo…floating on the crystal clear waters.  It was pricey and we did not love it.  Beautiful location.  Our server did not speak English, but we managed with the help of other diners and other servers.  We walked past a ‘grill’ type restaurant on the way to Ostrovo – and I would try that place next time.

This is what the table next to us ordered.

This is what we ordered.

After lunch, we took a little boat cruise to see the natural springs bubbling up from the bottom of the crystal clear lake.  It was 10euro, and we enjoyed the trip.

We made a quick stop at a small church on the water.  The guide thought it was called St. Marie, or St. Mary Church.  3 springs meet at this location, and there is an ‘open’ well inside the church.  Ramesh and our guide took a drink of water from the springs.

St. Mary’s Church

The open well/pool of water is just inside the door.  If you look closely, you can see it!

We then walked up to the Monastery of Saint Naum.   We did not stay too long as thunder was rumbling in the background.  Gorgeous peacocks were everywhere!

Sveti Naum

Jackson figured out how to work the water fountains.

After our day full of adventure, we relaxed by the lake in these fantastic bean bag chairs.  We met a couple who were passing through on their way to Greece.  They also have an ‘international life’ – splitting their time between Holland and Greece.  Their son is Jackson’s age, so the boys had a blast running around and burning off the last of their energy.

We had a lazy Saturday morning, we stopped for coffee and cake at one of the local restaurants, and then we headed home.

All in all, a great, quick getaway!

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