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Regeneration

In contrast to Albania, Macedonia was really regenerating.
We stayed at a campsite near Lake Ohrid, which is the second oldest lake of the world with water you could drink.

The campsite was very familiar, we got a glass of Raki on arrival, and we met some nice people. The atmosphere was quiet and peaceful.

If you drive around the lake, you reach Ohrid and if you go further, you arrive at the “gulf of bones” where they found old bones and parts of stilt houses. Today there is a small rebuilt settlement of Pfahlbauten, used as a museum.

They show the former life really authentic. There are different houses for families, with or without enclosers, and probably some common rooms.
In the houses they have many furrs and one bed per house.

Some houses contain a baby crib or a loom.

After the stilt houses we went to the monastery Sveti Naum, which is also situated at the Lake Ohrid.

First we took a wrong side road and came to a little curch, where only one man worked in the garden.

The terrain around the curch was really beautiful. After we had a look around, he came to us and asked, if we want to see the curch from inside.

It wasn’t allowed to take photos, but you probably never saw something like that!
The walls and ceiling were painted dark red and in a circle around the walls they had painted the life of Jesus. There were hanging candleholders everywhere, red coats in one corner, and the thick windows had golden decorations.

Somehow we recognized, that this couldn’t be the monastery “everyone” was talking about. So we took the main road until it came to it’s end at a parking lot in front of a high wall. We entered it through the gate and found ourselves in a severely and well trimmed park.

At the beginning of the park, there are a lot of market stands with souvenirs. In the back you can find the restaurant, a house for the peacocks and the monastery itself. But the most interesting thing of all is the curch in the courtyard.

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Buddha, äh Budva.

In fact, this article is about Budva, not Buddha. And they have nothing to do with each other. They just sound similar.
Budva is a city, the only one we visited in Montenegro.
The new (and biggest) part of the city contains private homes, and one big hotel near the other. Everything blings and glitters and tries to catch you with spa-resorts, four or five stars and luxury shopping. Not really our world.

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Much nicer and calmer it is in the old town, which is surrounded by an old and high citywall (just as it is in Dubrovnic), and you can get through it only through a few gates.

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We took our walk here in the evening, when unfortunately the citadelle was already closed.

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