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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; Third edition (February 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841622974
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841622972
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,371,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thammy Evans lived and worked in Macedonia for five years as a political advisor to NATO HQ Skopje, and continues to give independent advice and analysis on Macedonia to the British Foreign Office and Ministry of Defence. She also has considerable knowledge of the wider Balkans, especially Serbia and Bosnia; she served in Bosnia with the British Army in 1996 and 1997. Thammy speaks a mixture of Macedonian, Serbian and Croatia, and has a second home in Croatia.

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The French rightly call a ‘mixed salad’ une salade macedoine. In fact anything mixed up is macedoine. A quick look at Macedonia’s history will show you why (if you got this far without reading the first chapter then just take a look at the chronology on page 3 for a gallop through Macedonian history). Macedonia has been anything but a homogenous nation. Aside from various settlers in the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron ages, Macedonia has been invaded, starting with the Romans, by over a dozen tribes, races and empires. And those are the ones that didn’t stay. Then there are those who made a home in Macedonia and added spice to the salad.

 

The remote Monastery of Treskavec is 8km outside Prilep under the summit of the impressive Zlatovrv. It is a magnificent old complex of significant historical and cultural value that is in urgent need of renovation. The site is of such worth that it is even on the World Monument Fund’s 2006 top 100 most endangered sites. In addition to the value of the site itself, its remote setting is beautiful and earned itself a central role in the internationally acclaimed Macedonian film Before the Rain, directed by Milco Mancevski… Despite its former glory in the early Ottoman period, only one monk currently runs the monastery. Father Kališt, who speaks very good English after spending some time in Norwich, England, welcomes visitors to the monastery and especially to the Sunday service held at 11.00… Like all modern monks these days, Father Kališt has internet access at the monastery, email: treskavec@gmail.com; and excellent mobile phone coverage.

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An adequate introduction in the absence of an existing text on Macedonia. A nice way to make the acquaintance of a little-known area.
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I don't know what the other reviewers are on about. I would call myself harsh when it comes to pass-able travel guides. This travel guide is beyond fantastic.
I went to Macedonia and did not put this book down. It went everywhere with me. It allowed to me to find and explore soooo sooo many historic places in Macedonia that I would not have found out about or heard about otherwise. I went to amazing little hidden churches, ruins and so many other places even some locals hadn't heard about. I honestly can't say a single bad thing about the book. At the back there are some general conversation phrases in both Macedonian and Albanian. There is also a coloured map in the centre of it. I highly recommend it to anyone who plans a trip to Macedonia. You will really see some amazing, hidden treasures for sure and this book will allow you to do it even further so. Enjoy the adventure.
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This may be a great overview of the history and geography of Macedonia, but it's a very mediocre travel guide. Ms. Evans writes from the detached perspective of wealthy outsider. And detached may be the appropriate posture for the history and politics of Macedonia, it's frustrating in a tour guide book. This is not written from the perspective of a traveler needing guidance, but that of a disinterested observer limited by her own predilections. Prioritizing what to see, navigating the transportation challenges of this ancient land, deciding where to stay, where to eat, what to eat: not there in any great detail. However, this is the only dedicated Macedonia guide out there, so, for now, this will have to do.
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By MR MACEDONIA on May 8, 2012
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A GREAT TRAVEL BOOK ABOUT MACEDONIA.EVEN THOUGH I HAVE BEEN TO MACEDONIA A LOT OF TIMES,THIS BOOK HAS OPENED UP A LOT OF NEW PLACES FOR ME TO SEE.THANK YOU
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maketo on September 23, 2010
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This book is useless. Do not buy it if you want to use it at as a travel guide and learn to speak the language. The majority of the population in Macedonia speaks Macedonian and this book offers phrases,and language expressions on Albanian instead of Macedonian. The Albanian language is not spoken in Macedonia except by some groups of ethnic Albanians who live in Macedonia. If you try to talk to someone and use this book as a guide it will not help you at all because the majority of the Macedonians speak the Macedonian language only which is much different than the Macedonian.
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