On the way to Skopje we stopped at Tetovo to visit the city’s unique Arena Dzamija, an ancient mosque decorated with bright floral paintings. Floral paintings are acceptable in mosques, but human pictures are not.
Skopje, capital of Macedonia, is a city of statues, impressive state buildings, a castle, a large ornate city center with a stone bridge built in 15th century, a pedestrian mall leading into an Ottoman Old Bazaar market, and much more. It was where Mother Teresa was borne and called home. It is hard to describe all we saw and did but we did enjoy our stay. Skopje has experienced Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman rule and each can be seen in some of the architecture. The Macedonia’s want to be in the European Union and that Skopje be as grand as Paris, Rome, or London and, to us, it looks like it is getting there. One day we took a boat ride up the Tresa River to Matka Canyon and Vrelo Cave. We enjoyed the hike up to the dam and the boat ride to the cave almost more than the cave. After the cave we had a nice lunch at an enclave just above the dam beside a church. Skopje is the end of this tour, and we had a nice Farewell Dinner to say Goodbye to 8 of the people heading home, but the next day, we head to Serbia for our post trip.