Macedonia

June 3, 2011

Political rally at the main square in Ochrid.

The country was called "Macedonia" when I visited (and I don't retroactively go back to update most of my country posts).

Because a large part of northern Greece was already named "Macedonia" (Μακεδονία) as an official region today as well as historically, Greek pressure forced the new country to change its official name to "North Macedonia" in 2019.

However, I'm told most of the country's two million residents still just call it "Macedonia."




Another shot of that political rally at Ochrid's main square.

View from my balcony overlooking the Ohrid harbor. Ohrid
is the major Macedonian tourist destination and Lake Ohrid
is the deepest and one of the largest lakes in the Balkans.

Statue, museum, and chapel honoring Mother Theresa, an Albanian Catholic who was born and raised in Skopje, the capital and largest city in Macedonia.

Monks watching tourists from a balcony at the ancient
mountainside Monastery of St. Jovan Bigorski

Ohrid hilltop with another large ancient fortress, inevitably dating back at least a thousand years.


Snack break on a school field trip at the fortress.

Men enjoying the afternoon breeze at an unusual mosque in Tetovo