Situated on the shores of Lake Ohrid, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe. Built mainly between the 7th and 19th centuries, it has the oldest Slav monastery and more than 800 Byzantine-style icons dating from the 11th to the end of the 14th century. After those of the Tretiakov Gallery in Moscow, Ohrid is considered to have the most important collection of icons in the world.
If that weren't enough, Ohrid was declared to be an UNESCO World Heritage property for its natural values in 1979 and for its cultural values a year later. Now you can perhaps understand why we chose to come to Ohrid for a few days!
We could hardly believe our luck when we saw the view from our balcony of Lake Ohrid. It was a to die for view, no doubt about it.
There were even kiwis growing on the tree on our balcony that we could have picked if we wanted. Not sure if they were ripe for the picking but they sure added to the lovely ambience.
On the waterfront: Doesn't that sound like a novel someone wrote?!
We were so relieved that we were here in late September as hordes of tourists descend on Ohrid in the summer months. Slavic migrations created the name Ohrid from 'vo rid' which means 'city on the hill.' Bulgarian Slavs arrived in 867 and the Ohrid literary school, the first Slavic university, was established by 9th century Saints Kliment and Naum.
There were a myriad of fishing trawlers and tour boats in the harbor. We checked out the latter ones as we were interested in taking a cruise on the lake, two days hence on Monday, when most of Ohrid’s attractions would be closed.