Macedonia – Ohrid – Au Revoir
Posted on February 6, 2015
There’s a little something to add to the Ohrid story. We’re staying here for four days over the Orthodox Christmas, on January 7. There’s not a whole lot going on it seems to us. No big box stores selling things like crazy, etc. The season is pretty low key. We see Santa Claus and Merry Christmas signs here and there. Because of the heavy Muslim population, many businesses are open Christmas day, though there are fewer people out and about.
Each of the Balkan towns we have visited has a large Christmas tree in some central plaza. Not a real tree, mind you, but an artificial construction that hardly looks like a tree at all in the daytime. But at night, the “tree” takes on a nice shape and sets a cheery holiday tone.
The day before Christmas a group of children have some kind of procession down the main street.
Even our apartment is decorated with a tree, with blinking colorful lights.
One of the big specialties in Ohrid is locally made pearls. Many small shops sell them. Here’s a typical one with a Christmas greeting.
Even Coke sends holiday greetings.
Before we leave town, the gals must get their hair cut. Without speaking Macedonian, they have a great time and leave pleased with the results.
The day after Christmas we must leave Ohrid and our pleasant accommodations.
We walk down to the pedestrian mall and past all the little shops on the pedestrian mall. There’s not much happening the morning after Christmas.
Down at the far other end of town is the “bus station”, a grimy spot on the side of the road.As we approach, a taxi driver engages us. We bargain. He agrees to take us for the same fare as the bus in his shiny new Mercedes 70 km over icy mountain roads to Bitola. We can’t resist the offer. And what a pleasant ride we have with a very interesting guy.
So, au revoir, Ohrid. Maybe we’ll visit again some day.