Macedonia was the last country to leave Yugoslavia; it became an independent republic in 1991.
Bitola is the second largest city in Macedonia, and where I lived very happily for three years. It is in southern Macedonia, about 10 miles from the Macedonian and Greek borders.
More history . . . did you know the malls of today, are commercial descendents of ancient Turkish markets?
My friends and I have many of his paintings. Dan can paint just about anything: still lifes, portraits, icons, landscapes, and is always trying something new. His paintings are purchased by locals and visitors from all over the world. His tiny studio and shop is near the Turkish market.
My Bitola, a true European city where the night begins at 9 p.m. when the streets are filled with strolling friends and family, and the cafes and restaurants serve until late into the night.
Back to nature. These springs made me homesick for Florida and are near a tranquil and beautiful monastery and hotel, St. Naum, which is my favorite place in Macedonia. From the grounds you can see across the beautiful blue-green water of Lake Ohrid to Albania, whose border is less than a mile away by foot.
A room with a view.
And, the living is easy.