// MY NAME IS DANIELAnd after years of dreaming I've sold everything I own and set off on the open road. I've made this site as a sort of photo journal of my travels. The map shows where I've been (red), where I've stayed a month or more (yellow), and where I plan to go (white). And so, armed with little more than a backpack, a camera, and a dream, I now take the road less traveled by. So it goes.
OHRID Macedonia is a small landlocked country in the Balkans and has been controlled by many powers over several thousand years, including Phillip of Macedon, who was the father of Alexander the Great. Most recently Macedonia was part of communist Yugoslavia until gaining independence in 1991. Ohrid is one of the country's most famous cities, situated on a beautiful lake near the borders of Greece and Albania. There are still Roman ruins (including a theater which you can see below) at the center of town, though the city's history predates the Romans. Known as the "Jerusalem of the Balkans", it is said there were once 365 churches in the city, one for every day of the year. I stayed a month here in a cute little house which you can see below.
SKOPJE The Macedonian capital. Perhaps not the most beautiful city in Europe, but what it lacks in grand architecture it makes up for in sheer number of monuments, more than 300 in the city center alone (a recent attempt at a facelift). There's an old fortress in the city center, an ancient stone bridge, and an interesting market district heavily influenced by the Ottomans (Turks) who conqured and ruled this region for five hundred years.
BITOLA Bitola is a small city in southern Macedonia and one of the oldest in the country, originally founded as Heraclea Lyncestis, the ruins of which are only two kilometers from the center of town. As in Skopje, there is an old market district heavily influenced by the centuries of Ottoman colonization, though also a lot of neo-classical architecture along the main boulevard.
HERACLES LYNCESTIS Heraclea Lyncestis, named after the god Heracles, is a Roman era city (though likely founded just before the arrival of the Romans, by Phillip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great). The ruins were not discovered until as late as the 1960s and have not yet been fully excavated. Of note, the city was at the heart of early Christianity, with two basillicas, both of which contained large floorings of amazing mosaic tilings that have been preserved for nearly two thousand years. An earthquake destroyed much of the city in the 700s AD and the settlement was moved two kilometers north to the site of present day Bitola.