After Budapest we travelled to Belgrade (Beograd), Serbia, stayed there for one night.
Well, Serbia is quite crazy for me, unfortunately we didn´t have time to stay there, we travelled to Skopje, Macedonia. There we celebrated my other sister´s graduation. Lots of celebrating, ha? 😉
We went to the Macedonia Square. Wow, the sight was so grandiose, the statue of Alexander the Great is breath-taking. But what was so sad, the place was so dirty, trash everywhere, don´t the people respect their own history or the country, why the hell does everyone have to litter??? Would it kill you to put something to the trash bin?
May-be the place was like that because the square is currently under re-construction and there are many new buildings around the square that are being constructed. Never know, I hope so though. Still, it is not an excuse for littering.
Some information about the square. On 2nd of May 2010, two monuments of Goce Delčev and Dame Gruev were erected near the Stone Bridge. The Centar Municipality built a high monument of fountain with Alexander the Great on Bucephalus, which was unveiled on the 8th of September 2011, on the 20-year anniversary of Macedonia’s independence referendum from Yugoslavia.
Do you know the story about Alexander the Great? Well, Alexander the Great was born July 20th 356 BC in Pella which was the ancient capital of Macedonia. He became King of Macedonia after the death of his father [to this day there is discussion as to whether it was organised by Alexander and his mother or the Persians or as many suggest revenge by a jilted lover]. Alexander’s legacy includes the cultural diffusion his conquests engendered. He founded some twenty cities that bore his name, most notably Alexandria in Egypt. Alexander’s settlement of Greek colonists and the resulting spread of Greek culture in the east resulted in a new Hellenistic civilization. Alexander became legendary as a classical hero in the mold of Achilles, and he features prominently in the history and myth of Greek and non-Greek cultures. He became the measure against which military leaders compared themselves, and military academies throughout the world still teach his tactics.
Now the issue between Greek and Macedonians is that they cannot agree on whether Alexander the Great is from Greece or from Macedonia. We heard that in both countries that he´s theirs. So why do they both think that he was theirs? Both Greeks and Macedonians want Alexander the Great to be theirs, because he is much admired and both countries are very proud of him. There´s quite interesting article about the nationality of Alexander the Great: http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/alexanderarticles/ss/032211-Was-Alexander-the-Great-a-Greek.htm. Read it and what do you think he is? Greek or Macedonian?
Coming back to the hotels. We spent the night in the border of Greece and Macedonia. The exact location was in Gevgelija, Macedonia.
In the morning we travelled to Athens. We found the most amazing restaurant by the sea, I have no idea what it is called, but it was a really small town and the restaurant was just one step from the sea. The food was so good and the view was even better!