Showing posts with label lake ohrid tourism. Show all posts
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Monday, June 26, 2017

The lovely guest house of Rosa in Lin Village

Lin, situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, is that picturesque village and peninsula you see once you begin to descend Qafa e Thanes on the border between Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. It is a lovely village with red-roofed houses and covered in flowers. The lake here shows its deepest blue, creating a perfect harmony against the hilly bay. If you are a visitor to Lin and want to stay a night or two, Rosa’s guest house is perfect. Everybody knows Rosa and her husband, who run one of the two guest houses in the village. 
She has learned how to promote her business, and the guest house is already on Trip Advisor and in many travel guides that include Lin in their itineraries. Rosa understands that listing a business with online travel agencies and establishing connections with tour guides and tour operators are crucial to having tourists throughout the year, not only in summer. But the best promotion is her hospitality, the way she cares for her guests, cooks and serves breakfast, her clean house and permanent smile. It means a lot to a tourist. People talk about the guest house, suggest it to friends, and so she always has visitors. The three-storey house has six rooms with twelve beds, though it can accommodate more than 15 people. Rosa has thought much on how to keep guests busy and happy. The best place is the garden with its lake view. The lake is at your feet, and right there is a private boat, free for guests. You can take a ride onto Ohrid Lake, feel and breathe it fully. She also has a private beach, where you can sunbathe and swim throughout the day. 
 
 Her guest house is a Bed & Breakfast, though you can order lunch or dinner, which she will prepare with care using the fresh produce of the village. The king of the table is always Koran, the endemic trout, one of 17 species of fish found in the depths of Lake Ohrid. Byrek or lakror filled with fresh vegetables are always part of the meal. Some wine or raki is always present. After a restful sleep, you have the best breakfast ever: eggs, butter, pancakes with jam, homemade with a rich flavour.
The tourists she looks after are delighted with their stay at her guest house, promising to return.
The Bed & Breakfast forms part of Tour Egnatia, for tourists from as far away as Australia, which includes a night’s accommodation in her house. Rosa is full of optimism about the business she has chosen. She is only 35 years old and is confident in managing her business with her husband, and has ideas to expand; already, in the summer, she takes on two people—her nieces. This family business concentrated on Rosa, her house and her hospitality is an example for other residents by the shores of Lake Ohrid.


Bujtina e këndshme e Rozës në Lin


Fshati piktoresk dhe gadishulli i Linit shtrihet në bregun e Liqenit të Ohrit dhe është fshati i parë që duket sapo zbret Qafën e Thanës, në kufi me Shqipërinë dhe Ish-republikën Jugosllave të Maqedonisë. Është një fshat i këndshëm me shtëpi me çati të kuqe dhe të rrethuara me lule. Liqeni këtu reflekton ngjyrën blu të fortë, i cili bie në harmoni me gjirin kodrinor. Nëse vendosni të vizitoni Linin dhe doni të qëndroni një natë apo dy netë, bujtina e Rozës është ideale për të pushuar. Të gjithë e njohin Rozën dhe bashkëshortin e saj, të cilët drejtojnë një nga bujtinat në fshatin Lin. Roza ka mësuar të promovojë biznesin e saj dhe bujtina është e regjistruar në TripAdvisor dhe në shumë guida të tjera udhëtimi që përfshijnë Linin në itineraret e tyre. 
Roza është e njohur me faktin se listimi i biznesit në agjencitë online të udhëtimeve dhe kontakti me operatorët turistikë janë shumë të rëndësishme për tërheqjen e turistëve gjatë gjithë vitit, jo vetëm në sezonin veror. Por promovimi më i mirë është mikpritja e saj, mënyra si ajo kujdeset për mysafirët, si gatuan dhe si shërben mëngjesin, shtëpia saj e pastër dhe buzëqeshja e saj. Kjo do të thotë shumë për turistët, njerëzit flasin për bujtinën, ua sugjerojnë miqve të tyre dhe këto sjellin shumë vizitorë. Shtëpia 3-katëshe ka 6 dhoma dhe 12 shtretër, edhe pse mund të akomodojë më shumë se 15 njerëz. Roza ka menduar se si t’i argëtojë dhe lumturojë mysafirët e saj. Hapësira më e mirë është kopshti me pamje nga liqeni. Liqeni është në buzë të kopshtit dhe atje mund të përdorni varkën private të bujtinës, e cila është pa pagesë për mysafirët. Mund të bëni një shëtitje me varkë në liqenin e Ohrit dhe të shijoni bukurinë e tij në mënyrën më të mirë të mundshme. Bujtina ka dhe një plazh privat ku mund të bëni banjo dielli dhe të notoni në liqen. Bujtina e saj ofron fjetje dhe mëngjes, por gjithashtu ju mund të porositni drekë ose darkë, të cilën Roza do t’ua përgatisë me kujdes dhe me produkte të freskëta të fshatit. Mbreti i tavolinës është gjithmonë peshku i Koranit, trofta - një nga 17 llojet e peshqve që gjendet në thellësitë e liqenit të Ohrit. Byreku ose lakrori i mbushur me perime të freskëta janë gjithmonë pjesë e gatimeve. Po ashtu dhe pak verë ose raki janë gjithmonë prezente në tavolinë. Pas një gjumi të këndshëm, ju pret mëngjesi i shijshëm me: vezë, gjalpë, petulla me reçel të bërë vetë me shije të mrekullushme. 
Turistët që kanë qëndruar të bujtina saj janë larguar gjithmonë të kënaqur dhe kanë premtuar se do të kthehen sërish. Bujtina e Rozës është pjesë e turit të Egnatias, nga i cili ajo ka patur turistë që kanë ardhur nga Australia e largët dhe kanë qëndruar në shtëpinë e saj. Roza shprehet shumë optimiste për biznesin që ajo ka hapur. Ajo është vetëm 35 vjeçe dhe ka shumë vetëbesim në menaxhimin e biznesit të saj së bashku me bashkëshortin dhe ka ide të reja për të zgjeruar biznesin e saj. Në verë ajo merr dy mbesat e saj që të punojnë aty. Ky biznes familjar i përqendruar te Roza, shtëpia e saj dhe mikpritja janë një shembull i mirë për banorët e tjerë që jetojnë pranë brigjeve të liqenit të Ohrit.

Monday, May 8, 2017

A guide to Saint Naum, Macedonia

Visit to Saint Naum Monastery is without a doubt great experience. It's a place where you can fully spend your day and enjoy many attractions... In addition to many fun activities and enjoying beautiful surroundings, the monastery complex is a wonderful place for relaxation, enjoyment and resting.
A blog by Traveling is Awesome
One of the nicest monastery complex in the region. It has been very crowded, even in the morning on the first day of the year. Lots of people come to visit this place through the year, because of it`s beauty and cultural heritage. Built by the St. Naum of Ohrid himself, it was established in the Bulgarian Empire in year 905. St. Naum is also buried in the church.
The Monastery of Saint Naum is an Eastern Orthodox monastery in the Republic of Macedonia, named after the medieval Saint Naum who founded it. It is situated along Lake Ohrid, 29 kilometres south of the city of Ohrid. The Lake Ohrid area, including St. Naum, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Macedonia.
From the center of Ohrid to St. Naum monastery is a short drive, about 45 minutes on narrow country road by car.  Parking is charged for the day and not to expensive.
When you enter monastery complex first you came across a park which has small shops that sell many local products like: honey, brandy, Christian icons, hand-made jewelry and famous local lake jewelry pearls and much more...Continuing our tour and walking to the monastery we came to the small bridge over the river Crn Drim (Black Drim), from where you have two amazing post card views. 
Set amidst lush verdure where the River Crn Drim tumbles into the lake, the monastery of St. Naum is a refuge of tranquility at the very southwestern corner of the Macedonian Republic. The area around St. Naum monastery is among the most beautiful along the shore of Lake Ohrid. Just before merging with the Lake Ohrid, River Crn Drim widens in a small lake. Still inside the Saint Naum Monastery complex, colorful covered motor boats sit waiting to whisk visitors over the lake to see the springs of St. Naum. The water here is fed by Lake Prespa and is astoundingly clear – at some points it is 3.5m deep and still you can see the bottom as if it were swimming right before your eyes.
The main reason to take the boat trip (other than for a bit of picturesque relaxation bobbing on the lake) is to witness the springs bubbling up from the lake bed. Because of the water clarity it's extremely easy to see. In some places calcification causes the rocks to turn white – it's quite a sight. At the end of the lake is a small chapel.
The charge for this trip is per boat, so if you wait for more people the price per person will become cheaper.

Little about the history...

The old church was built on a rock above the Lake with a wonderful view of Lake Ohrid and the surrounding mountains. Later on the church was completed with lodgings and a bell tower finishing the final look of the current monastery. The monastery lodging compartments are now adapted into a hotel. A traditional restaurant is also found on the location. Tourists from all around the world that visit Macedonia, pick this destination every year.

The original church was dedicated to the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The church was built on this site in the 10th century as a memorial of the Slavonic educator Saint Naum of Ohrid, the disciple of Cyril and Methodius and the associate of Clement of Ohrid. The names of St. Naum and St. Clement are praised because of their creation of the Cyrillic alphabet. St. Naum was also buried in the church in the year of 910. St. Naum's monasteries of the Holy Archangels together with Clement’s monastery of St. Pantheleimon in Ohrid are the earliest known Slavonic monuments in the region of Ohrid. This represents another important religious, cultural and tour attraction in this part of Macedonia.
As with most Byzantine churches, St. Naum was chosen primarily for its location – on a high, rocky outcropping over the lake, above deep forests and life-giving springs of the river Crn Drim.
The monastery has been renewed and enlarged several times over the centuries. While most of its iconostases and frescoes date from the 16th and 17th century, earlier etchings in the Byzantine Greek vernacular also remain. But numerous orthographical mistakes indicate that they were written by Slavic-speaking local monks. Other inscriptions in the church make up some of the oldest epigraphic evidence of Slavic literacy. The icons of St. Naum are some of the best religious painting achievements in the Balkans. They date from the first half of the 18th century. The wood-carved iconostasis itself was made in 1711 by an unknown artisan.
A peculiar element of St. Naum is located not on the inside of the church but on the outside: the preponderance of multi-colored peacocks strutting around and luxuriating in the grass. They are so gracious and friendly, not scared of people at all. Posing for picture or climbing all over the place, they are like home pets.
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