We were looking forward to board the Christina Royale at 10.
Steven in front of a water taxi with Samoil Fortress high on the hill in the background.
Lovely views of the UNESCO town of Ohrid from the boat:
We hoped it wouldn’t be too windy at sea today as it was nippy up top!
The oft photographed St. Jovan at Kaneo Church:
The nearby Galicia National Park:
One of former Yugoslav President Tito’s villas below. We had also seen one when we were on our day trip to Lake Bled from Ljubljana in Slovenia several weeks ago.
There was one resort after another along the lake for at least half of our 90 minute journey. (I just notice now how very crooked the photos are! I'll have to remember the next time we're on a boat to adjust the way I hold the camera so the photos aren't all lopsided like these!)
This was the only fishing boat we had seen so far. I wondered whether most fishermen had been out at dawn instead.
Lake Ohrid straddles the mountainous border between southwestern Macedonia and eastern Albania. The lake is about 18 miles long and around 945 feet deep.
All cuddled up in his warmest coat and blankets the boat had provided. Thank goodness they had them because there was a stiff breeze and little sun to keep us warm.
A former Byzantine fort and assorted huts. The boat stopped for several minutes here talking about this spot but we didn’t know why as all the commentary was in German because there was a large German-speaking tour group onboard. I asked one of the other passengers and she mentioned that each house was different and they were used for fishing and hunting.
I loved the rich reddish brown color of the cliffs here against the deep blue water.
I notice these photos don't look as if I'd been hitting the sauce too much and couldn't hold the camera straight. Perhaps earlier, we had been going through a bumpy ride and that was why the photos were all crooked!
Each year, in the second half of July, the swimming elite throughout the world gathers in Ohrid and, starting from the Monastery at St. Naum, they swim along the lakeshore to the town harbor, approximately a 22 mile route. Since 1998, the Ohrid Swimming Marathon has entered in the World Swimming Club of the 12 worldwide marathons held under the patronage of the World Swimming Association. I had never heard of swimming marathons before this. I would be curious to know whether any of you have.
The water was such a gorgeous shade of green at this spot:
I was snug as a bug in a rug and therefore didn't rush to get off the boat! Plus, we had three hours ashore and there wasn't that much too see.
It was funny seeing the peacock sign again as we thought we had seen the last of them in Lokrum, near Dubrovnik in Croatia.
Naum's Church of the Holy Archangels, built in 900, was destroyed by the Ottomans in the 15th century and reincarnated as the Church of Sveti Naum when it was rebuilt between the 16th and 17th centuries as a multidomed, Byzantine-style structure on the cliff.
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.
Ancient frescoes behind the chairs:
Macedonians believe you can still hear the St. Naum's heartbeat by pressing an ear to his stone coffin inside the church.
Names of the Apostles:
I like to think I am not becoming jaded when it comes to seeing such lovely examples of icons and frescoes as there were at the Monastery of St. Naum. However, I found the church underwhelming especially as compared to the fabulous Sveti Bogordica Perivlepta we had seen yesterday morning in Ohrid. To me, that was on another level altogether.
Peacock feather but no other sign of peacocks so far - so sad!
The date to the right of the entrance gate:
Of course, a moment or two later, Steven said, ‘At the risk of saying anything, there’s a peacock.’ Guess he somehow thought I’d take lots of photos of it as I had the previous time we’d seen strutting peacocks this trip!
In hindsight, I think part of my discontent with the Monastery was the presence of a large hotel that surrounded it on a couple of sides. That certainly lessened for me the reverential atmosphere I had hoped to achieve at the Monastery.
In the small green space outside the Monastery, there were lots of waterfalls.
We walked next to the tiny, almost doll-like, St. Paraskeva Church aka Church of the Holy Mother Spring right across from the Monastery.
Paintings in the entranceway:
The church had very brightly colored walls and ceilings that seemed almost garish in comparison to the earlier frescoes.
After leaving the church, we walked across a small bridge that obviously was well used as a wishing well.
The runoff from one of the two rivers that feeds into Ohrid Lake:
Whiling away time waiting for our boat to leave, we watched this man for a bit. He offered to take us for a ride but we were content to sit and wait til our boat left.
We left St. Naum at 2:30 for the ride back to Ohrid. It was much warmer on the return so we didn’t need the blankets as much.
Another view with my telephoto lens of St. Jovan at Kaneo Church as we neared the harbor.
This photo of the Fortress we toured yesterday gives you a good sense of the immense size of it.
It was hard not to see why Ohrid is such a popular destination spot when you see its stunning lakeside location, beautiful red-tiled roofs all set against the backdrop of a blue sky and massive fir trees.