What can I say. It’s a lovely old town beside a beautiful lake. Just don’t go in summer – unless you’re with kids and / or your lover. Simply, it’s a pretty place for a perfect holiday. And during a sizzling Balkan summer, much of (land-locked) Macedonia is half-naked, beach-bound at this iconic lake.

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My romanticized view of Lake Ohrid and it’s famous – excessively over-photographed, and for good reason – vista of the ancient Church of Saint John at Kaneo.

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Interior of Sveti Jovan (St. John) church.

A local told me that “Ohrid is the Second Jerusalem”, and sure it was an important Christian site for centuries, with many wonderful churches still evident. However I’ve heard this mighty claim before (from my visits to Lalibela, an amazing Ethiopian site of many Medieval rock-hewn churches that is arguably more worthy of the title).

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Mid-day at another famous Ohrid site: the recently restored Saint Pantelejmon church.

Ohrid is also famous as one of the oldest and deepest lakes in Europe.

Albania also shares its shores, and within days I would be zipping around these shimmering waters, crossing a remote border into my next destination.

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Nearby, ancient mosaic floors amid ruins of the Plaosnik monastery.

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Summer holidays by the beach

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City panorama from the – massive – Samuil’s fortress (however, the foreground parapets are  modern renovations)

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On the waterfront of Ohrid

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How to get fat … Eating stuff from the supermarket, here’s lunch in my room (with bit of a lake view).

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Fortress gate walls in early morning.

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Mid-day over Saint Pantelejmon church and the lake.

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A true beauty … Sveti Jovan church around dusk at Lake Ohrid

Travels in Macedonia – 2015