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Struga is a town and popular tourist destination situated in the south-western region of the Republic of Macedonia, lying on the shore of Lake Ohrid. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Struga was part of the Manastir Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. The Ohrid Lake is the largest lake in Macedonia, one of the largest on the Balkan Peninsula and one of the oldest on earth. The water level is 695 m above sea level and has a maximum depth of 287 meters. On Macedonian banks are the major cities Ohrid and Struga, in Albania it is Pogradec. Overall, more than 200,000 people living around the lake.

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Stand-up paddling on Lake Ohrid - meeting Linda & Jochen

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Stand-up paddling on Lake Ohrid - meeting with Linda and Jochen

Again and again there are encounters that are neither expected in their form nor foreseeable in their effects for the future. So we had tried to establish contact with the Roman city of Trier many times before the project began, to involve a well-known entry point in our project activity for the development of camper and outdoor tourism route along Roman roads in the northwestern part of Germany. In short, it was not successful.

St. Sophia Church (Crkva Sveta Sofija) in the center of Ohrid

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St. Sophia Church (Crkva Sveta Sofija) in the center of Ohrid

For every culturally interested visitor to the ancient Roman city of Ohrid on the Via Egnatia, the Sophia Church should be part of the visitors program, not just because of the structure of the building but especially because of the numerous sculptures and wall paintings inside. Ohrid has long been one of the cultural and religious centers of the Bulgarian Empire and one of the centers of Orthodox Christianity of the Slavs and of Southeastern Europe.

Roman artifacts in the school museum at Kalishta

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Roman artifacts in the school museum at Kalishta

During our search for artifacts along the way of the ancient Via Egnatia in the area of Lake Ohrid, we received a reference to a small collection of artifacts, which a cultural-historically engaged teacher had gathered in the course of his activities from all over the region.

Autumn hike along the Jablanica mountain range

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Autumn hike along the Jablanica mountain range

A further stop at Rino campsite in Kallista at the Ohrid Lake had led to visits to Vevčani, the curious "Republic" with its own passport and a carnival top address on the Balkans, but the wonderful autumn weather with plenty of sunshine had also led us to further mountain tours.

On the way to Tierra del Fuego - stopover at Lake Ohrid

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On the way to Tierra del Fuego - stopover at Lake Ohrid

"Hey and hello, we are Luisa from Freiburg and Kevin from Emmendingen on the way to "Tierra del Fuego", so our two camping neighbors at Lake Ohrid presented themselves after their arrival on a Honda Africa Twin and fixing their tent while enjoying the obligatory welcome coffee and the associated "brandy" at Camping Rino.

Camping Rino in Kalishta at Lake Ohrid

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Camping Rino in Kalishta at Lake Ohrid

After our trip passing Croatia during the last year in November we approached at the campsite Rino for the first time. Of course the weather was no longer warm enough for calling it "summer" because the temperatures only amounted between 10 ° and 18 ° degrees.

Back at Lake Ohrid - Morning impressions at the lakeside

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Back at Lake Ohrid - Morning impressions at the lakeside

According to some rainy days, which unfortunately left our planned excursions on and next to Skadar Lake fell into the water, we are now swept back to Lake Ohrid, where during the week preliminary discussions relating to planned hikes and also in terms of a planned Paragliding Festival will take place.

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