Like most travelers, all our roaming is about new experiences – places, people, and different perspectives. It’s not news that all people have the same basic needs, but travel is a quick teacher that shows how geography and culture mingle to create an infinite variety of HOW things get done.
Large government spending programs attract controversy like bees to honey, and Skopje’s contentious, large-scale building project, called “Skopje 2014” is no exception.
On a steep hill overlooking the Old Bazaar stands the beautifully restored Mustafa Pasha Mosque. In 1492, while Christopher Columbus was searching for India and stumbling into the Americas, the Ottomans were building this mosque for local Vizier Mustafa Pasha.
“Skopje’s Old Bazaar and caravanserais” – that’s what got my attention. Just reading these words made me think of adventure. I’ve always loved travel tales about long, arduous journeys to foreign lands, whether truth or fiction.
It’s out of my sight, but the distant and serene call to prayers from the Sultan Murat Mosque lets me know the sun is rising in the east. Not long after, rhythmic bells from St. Mary’s Orthodox Church next door also remind the Christian faithful of their religious duties.
Say hello to Catrina, poster child for Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. In much of Latin America, and particularly Mexico, Catrina will be making an appearance today.
Sitting amid the grand Venetian palaces and churches of Kotor were the lowly shops where the real day-to-day business of the fortified city took place.
I’ll begin with the takeaway. If you’re traveling in the Adriatic, east or west side, seriously consider making a stop in Kotor, Montenegro. Forget the cruise ship tourists, forget the comparisons to Dubrovnik.