Macedonia is a small country between Greece, Albania and Bulgaria, which is rarely visited despite its rich culture and wonderful landscapes. A macédoine refers to a rich mix, which accurately reflects the many languages and cultures in this beautiful Balkan state. In some of the most stunning and often remote locations, you will find Orthodox monasteries and churches, many dating back for over a thousand years. With their well-preserved mosaics, frescoes and woodcarvings they are well worth a visit. Another site of interest is the Kokino megalithic observatory, dating from 1815 BC, which NASA has ranked among the world’s oldest observatories. Ohrid is one of Macedonia's highlights and both the lake and the town have been put under UNESCO protection. The lake is among the oldest in the world, with unique flora and fauna, and is a popular tourist destination in summer, and Ohrid carries special spiritual significance as the center of Slavic literacy and home of as many as 365 churches, a Roman amphitheater and Tsar Samoil’s fortress. Macedonia has much to offer and is a safe and welcoming place to visit. At the same time, it is unknown enough to make you feel like you are trying something new and one thing you are guaranteed to get from people on your return from Macedonia is looks of incredulity and curious questions.