Shot of the Day – Recycling Tires

Wandering around Osceola, Wisconsin, I came across this little gas station/tire repair shop that had groups of tires waiting for recycling…

Awesome that they are not just going into a landfill…

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Skopje – The Millennium Cross

Just outside Skopje, high atop Vodno Mountain stands the Millennium Cross. An iconic landmark, funded by the Macedonian Orthodox Church, it celebrates 2000 years of Christianity in Macedonia and is a “must see” destination when visiting Skopje.

Getting to the cross can be as difficult or as easy as you want it to be since there are several different ways to get there…

First you can hike..several trails, marked for difficulty, begin at the base of the mountain and travel through the forest. The difficulty is based on the incline, which can be as much as 30 degrees in spots. The hike from the bottom to the halway point is fairly easy though and offers some outstanding views of the valley and the city.

Around the halfway point, there is a cable car station that will carry you to the top for a minimal fee of about 2 euros round trip..Unfortunately, the systems was under maintenance on our trip so we completed the journey by foot…Since we had started the hike at the beginning, this brought our distance walked to about 8km by the time we reached the top.

The scenery in early spring and the views made the trip well worthwhile.

At the top, there is a restaurant and snack bar, a covered patio with tables and chairs and several rows of benches where you can sit, relax (and rest) and enjoy the views before starting your way back down..

The hike back down to the halfway point was easier than the hike up but I would recommend checking to see if the cable car is running before making the hike..just in case. The round trip hike from the bottom takes a while and covers about 10 km.

As I said, there is an easier way…  If you are just interested in seeing the cross, it is possible to take on of the many double-decker buses to the halfway point and then cable car to the top.

A word of caution though…the buses require a transit card which start at 150 denar, again about 2 euros, per person. The card can be purchased from the driver and are good for 2 boardings. They can also be purchased and recharged for 35 denar a trip at bus stations and certain convenience stores.

Which ever route you decide to take, make sure you bring water and comfortable clothing and shoes. It can be chilly at the top with the wind blowing. I would also recommend buying the bus pass, even if you decide to hike both ways like we did..  Just in case 🙂

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Alexander Nevsky Cathedral – Sofia

One of the main destinations for tourists in Sofia, Bulgaria is the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral … dsc_2216

It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox Cathedrals in the world….

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Built between 1882 and 1912, it stands as one of the primary symbols of the citydsc_2464dsc_2225

A must see on your visit to Sofia..

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Sofia International Airport

Sofia International Airport in Sofia, Bulgaria…

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New and modern…clean.. and virtually deserted when we arrived..

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Strange to me that people haven’t yet really discovered this city full of history and, amazingly, friendly people..

You can even get to the city center from the airport by way of the metro…Entrance is located at the end of Terminal 2….20 minutes later…Center of the city,

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A Day in Tver

Tver, Russia….

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150 km northwest of Moscow easily reached by train in about an hour and forty minutes.

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A pleasant day-trip from Moscow … monuments and cathedrals…the Volga River

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Pretty pedestrian area, classic architecture..

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Monuments and statues…

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A lot to offer when you want to escape the crowds of Moscow..

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Minsk National Library

The National Library in Minsk, Belarus…Just a short metro ride away from the center of the city… Surrounded by parks and cobblestone pathways…A striking sight and unusual building… Definitely worth a visit..

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A few minutes walk from metro stop – Uschod…   After your visit, take the time to walk through the neighboring park and stroll by the fountains and lake..

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Bratislava – Old Town, Early Morning

Peaceful … Quiet … Serene

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Not the words one would normally use to describe a touristy spot such as Old Town Bratislava..  But those words definitely apply if you manage to get out and about in the early morning…

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while the cafes and shops are closed – or just being set up for the day…Still waiting for the crowds of people wanting cappuccino or that “must have” souvenir.

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The quiet cobblestone street weaving their way through this picturesque capital of Slovakia are oddly quiet in the early morning hours…

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Those couple of hours before the hustle and bustle begins are my favorite times in a city…especially one I have never visited before

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Even though there are some people out, even early, the city still basks in the quiet… But now it’s time for cappuccino and preparation for the hustle and bustle to follow…

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