These days, the Osogovo Mountains were visited by a group of Slovenian mountaineers. The fourteen-member group consisting of experienced professionals, athletes, mountaineers and public figures from all parts of Slovenia chose Macedonia to celebrate their tenth anniversary in the successful conquest of mountain peaks around the world.
The organization of the trip, the provision of a tour guide for skiing, as well as the selection of natural rarities and tourist attractions in the region was entrusted to Stojance Velickovski, (www.planinarenje.org) licensed mountaineering guide from Kriva Palanka.
The Slovenes had the opportunity to ride a boat along the Matka canyon, then, they climbed with skis on Titov Vrv, they skied on Mavrovo, they walked along Lake Ohrid, they conquered Pelister, they got acquainted with the Tikvesh wine region, and on the way they visited the textile city – Stip.
In the Municipality of Kriva Palanka, they stayed two days, spent the night in the beautiful setting of the monastery complex St. Joakim Osogovski, from where they visited the tourist site Kalin Kamen, saw the view of the half-frozen lake, heard the legends and legends, but unfortunately had the rare opportunity to use the skis only on certain sections from Kalin Kamen to Carev Vrv.
The guests tasted the traditional specialties, they tasted the monastery brandy. On the last day, after breakfast in Kriva Planka, the woodcarver Rade Kostovski presented the secrets of making the Macedonian carving to some of the guests, and then continued with a visit to Kratovo.
After exploring the endemic pines, the Museum of Rock Art, ancient towers and bridges had the opportunity to taste Kratovo wine. The severely damaged bridge from the recent floods did not shake the curious Slovenes to see the scene from “The petrified wedding” in Kuklica.
Finally, on the green market in Kumanovo & #8230; before going on their own “dejela”, for themselves and their loved ones, the guests took the opportunity to take at least a little of the taste of Macedonia, some ajvar, cheese, wine, Tetovo beans, Resen apples, Kocani rice, home-made garlic & #8230;
Many things remained unseen, somehow the idea of further cooperation was imposed by itself & #8230; Maybe this unofficial visit of the mayor of the municipality of Jezersko will be an incentive for exchange of experiences and cooperation with his colleague from Kriva Palanka and for cooperation of these two border municipalities.
If the guests should be respected as well as their messages, then this group in the Museum in Kratovo, among other things, wrote & #8230; Macedonia is a pearl of nature & #8230; keep it!